This year, Earth Day and Easter fell so close together, that I decided to combine them for my class by making naturally died Easter eggs. Here is what we did:
1.) Cut old t-shirts into fabric scraps (REUSE)
2.) Collect natural items from the garden: leaves, grass, flowers etc.
3.) Peel a few onions. Place the onion peels on top of the fabric scraps. Then add the natural items on top of the onion peels.
4.) Add a RAW, WHITE egg to the pile.
5.) Wrap the fabric up into a satchel and tie with a string or rubber band.
6.) Place the eggs into a pot, cover with water and boil for for 5 – 10 minutes.
7.) Remove from heat, drain water and cool.
8.) When the eggs have cooled, remove the cloth. Throw away or compost your onion peels, grass, leaves etc. Keep the rags to use for cleaning. Allow eggs to dry.
The onion skins will die the eggs shades of brown. Depending on the natural items your students choose, they may also get some green die from the plants or a variety of colors from flower petals.
Happy Earth Day!
Happy belated Easter!