Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Eggcitement is just too much! Tie Dyed Easter Eggs

On the way to the grocery store this morning, I broached the subject of unschooling with the boys and was surprised to find out that Ian and Evan both told me that unschooling is boring and they miss my planning lessons!

I was shocked!

I even said "so you want me to go back to planning lessons; like when I used to plan them and you complained about doing the work?" Ian sheepishly said "yes."  After more discussion I guess we've decided I will plan some lessons each day and leave them to unschool the rest of the time.

I mentioned that I while I had not started planning any lessons I had hoped to dye Easter eggs today once we got home and they were all excited. They were even more so once I told them we weren't going to be using the PAAS kit but some shaving cream and food coloring.
      
I had stumbled upon the idea of using shaving cream & liquid food coloring to make Tye- dyed Easter eggs a while ago on Pinterest.

The boys loved swirling the colors but had a hard time not mixing them so much that they became muddy.

This was by far the most messy form of egg dying we've ever attempted.  Their hands (and even some parts of their arms) are stained with food coloring too!

But they loved it.

We set our eggs aside to dry for a few hours (or perhaps overnight since some had lots of shaving cream left on them) and we'll try rubbing the shaving cream/dye off later.

Using small disposable trays I gave each boy a huge dollop of shaving cream (if you would like to eat the eggs after dying I would suggest using whipped cream or cool whip).

They each dropped a few dots of a couple different colors of food coloring onto the shaving cream and swirled it around a bit with a wooden skewer.  Then they dipped their eggs into the shaving cream and swirled the egg all around.







 
  
 I suggested they play with shaving cream and water for part of the afternoon in the hopes that it would clean some of the food coloring off of their hands.  They readily agreed and Evan was thrilled when I told him he could spray shaving cream right onto the tablecloth instead of using a tray.

 It wasn't long before shaving cream and water were mixed together and the kitchen was a mess, but hey they were having good, clean fun.  They were getting along and helping each other out so how on Earth could I complain? 






I am so proud of my boys and even when they are driving me crazy  I'm so glad to have them home with me.

I love that we are all on this journey together as a family.  Sure it can be a bit much some days but those moments when they act like each other's best friend totally make up for those times they seem to be at each other's throats, those moments when they show me just how much they've learned (like with Evan and the pickles this morning) make up for all those moments of anxiety and worry over their learning.

It's those moments, those memories that make our lives so great.

Sharing in the joys, triumphs and learning of my boys has added a whole new dimension to my life I never knew was missing, but now that I've found it, I could never imagine my life any other way.   

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