TODDLER'S WHO DIY: Holiday Egg Decorating
This year, I put together a Haft Seen table for the first time in celebration of the Persian New Year, Norouz. Traditionally there are 7 symbolic items that are placed on the table, and then some optional items are added according to preference. Growing up, I would look forward to this holiday in anticipation of getting to decorate eggs with my mother, then placing them on display on our Haft Seen table. Naturally, I chose to do the same with my son. We decorated wooden eggs to give it a twist on the traditional. They are not as fragile as real eggs, so they will stand the test of time. We decided to invite some good friends over and got our paint on!
3. Water based paint brushes
4. Oil or Acrylic paint pens
5. Stickers - These can be whatever your kids would like,
I chose Mickey Mouse, letters, and sports balls.
6. Glitter, ANY size & color.
7. Liquid (child safe) glue like Elmer's
8. Paper plates, used for paint pallets.
8. Clean water in a cup or jar (or anything that holds water,
I used a popsicle mold) for cleaning the paint brushes.
9. Plastic bowls or containers, for stickers, gem stones, glitter etc.
10. Baby wipes ( to clean off).
11. Paper towels for drying off paint brushes.
For the table set up, I like to place all the different little crafting items in separate bowls. This way it helps the kids see what they have to work with in an organized fashion...of course five minutes into it and there was artistic chaos spread all across the table! That's exactly what you want to see, the best art comes from the freedom to get messy.
Tip: When painting the eggs I like to have Dean work on more than one at a time. This way he can work back and forth between them letting the paint dry fully on each layer. This will prevent over mixing of the paint and stop the eggs from all turning brown. (Color Theory note: all colors mixed together make brown).
There are no directions or rules to follow when decorating, just have fun and encourage your kids to experiment with all the different types of crafting mediums and tools on the table. Its amazing how beautiful they turned out!
our finished egg art pieces...
Our eggs on the Haft Seen Table
I love how all the eggs came out, we are going to keep up this tradition every year. In one year's time, Hunter will be old enough to join in all the fun, make a mess & make his own mark on the Haft Seen table!