We have typically avoided dying Easter Eggs particularly because of the huge mess that the dye makes. My girls have been less than 5 years old, and the chances for spilling dye all over the place was pretty high. We’ve used plastic eggs every year (yes we’ve saved and reused previous year’s eggs) since our girls were able to hunt for eggs. It saved us money, and time, and the hassle of dying eggs and cleaning up afterward. Well, this year, as a participant in the Walmart Moms program, Walmart has asked me to try out an Easter Egg Dying kit from their store and let you know what I thought about it. I was able to choose two of them, and thought that they would do the trick.
First we started with the No Spill Egg Coloring Kit from Easter Unlimited. This kit comes with 5 “no spill” egg coloring cups. The instructions are simple enough, snap the clear lid onto the cup, drop the color tablet into the cup, and fill with warm water. For bolder colors, add a small amount of vinegar to the dye. Carefully drop the egg into the cup through the clear lid, and make sure egg is covered in color. Once egg is the shade of the color you want, carefully “pour” the egg out into your gloved hand. Set aside the egg to dry.
How well did it work? The dye worked well. The “no spill” portion.. Well, it was ok. I didn’t really see that it was any better than the old pick up the egg with a wire hoop method. When we tried to “pour” the egg out of the cup, we had a little bit of trouble. The egg went into the cup easily, but it wouldn’t roll out easily. We also put the water in up to the fill line, but that seemed to be just a little bit too much. We had to tilt the cup very slowly to try to keep as much of the dye in the cup as possible. Some still spilled out, but it was probably less than a teaspoon. Overall, it was fun to try, and I’m sure it would save a lot of dye from spilling if it did get knocked over. Fun for the kids, and definitely needs adult help/supervision. At only $3.97 it’s worth a try.
Next we tried out the Spin an Egg Easter Egg Decorating Kit from Dudley’s. A take on the old spin art machines, the Spin an Egg kit makes art out of your eggs. This kit contains a Dudley Egg Spinner, a Dudley Hand Puppet, a plastic filler egg, and 5 Color packets. This egg decorating kit was even easier to use, but still required adult help. Just place a warm egg into the egg spinner, cut the corner off of the desired color packets and add a few drops of each color to the egg. Close the lid and press the spinner button on top to spin the egg. The color is distributed all over the egg as it rolls around the spinner. Once the egg is covered in the desired amount of color, open up the lid, and use the Dudley Hand Puppet to remove the egg. Set aside to dry. I think the kids had more fun with this kit since they were more “in charge” of the egg dying process. They had fun seeing what pattern came out of the spinner. As far of ease of use, this one probably is the easiest. The kids get to do most of the work where all the adult has to do is drop the coloring on the egg. It was not messy at all, as long as you had a place to keep the opened dye packets upright. This one sells for $5.00 at Walmart and was definitely a hit in our house!
Check out the gallery below to see more of my girls and their friend having fun dying eggs! They each got to try their hand at both of the egg dying kits!
I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with product for this review and compensation for my time and efforts on this post. Participation in this program is voluntary. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.