If you want to take your Easter egg dyeing activity to a whole new level this year, get ready for some fun with oil and vinegar science! If you have a science enthusiast on your hands, you need to learn how to make marbleized Easter eggs with oil and vinegar. Add it to your collection of easy Easter Science Activities for a real treat this season!
HOW TO MAKE MARBLE EASTER EGGS WITH OIL AND VINEGAR!
MARBLED EASTER EGGS
Get ready to add this simple Easter egg dyeing activity to your Easter science lesson plans this season. If you want to learn… how to dye eggs with oil and vinegar, let’s get set up. While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun Easter activities and Easter games.
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HOW TO MAKE MARBLEIZED EASTER EGGS
Let’s get right to making these gorgeous and colorful marbled Easter eggs. Head to the kitchen, open the fridge and grab the eggs, food coloring, oil, and vinegar. Make sure to have a good work space prepared and paper towels!
YOU WILL NEED:
- Hard boiled Eggs
- Oil (Vegetable, Canola, or any oil will work)
- Food Coloring (Assorted Colors)
- Plastic Cups
- Small Bowls
HOW TO DYE EGGS WITH OIL AND VINEGAR:
STEP 1: Place 1 cup of very hot water in a plastic cup, add 3-4 drops of food coloring and 1 tsp of vinegar. Mix well. Repeat with other colors.
STEP 2: Add the eggs in each cup and let sit for about 3 minutes. Remove and set on paper towels.
STEP 3: In each bowl, add about 1 inch of water. You only want about ½ of the egg to be covered. Next, add 1 Tablespoon of oil to each bowl and 6-8 drops of food coloring.
STEP 4: Place one egg into each bowl. With a spoon, spoon the water/oil mixture over the egg and let sit for about 3-4 minutes. Then roll the egg so it turns over and let sit for another 3-4 minutes.
STEP 5: Take out and lay on paper towels. Let sit for a few minutes, then wipe off each egg with additional paper towels.
THE SIMPLE SCIENCE OF OIL AND VINEGAR DYED EGGS
The science behind these colorful marbled oil and vinegar eggs is in the dyeing process!
Your good old food coloring from the grocery is an acid-base dye and the vinegar traditionally used to dye eggs helps the food coloring to bond to the eggshell.
We know that oil is less dense than water thanks to some other nifty science projects like our homemade lava lamp. You will notice the oil floats on top in this activity too. When you put the egg in the final colored oil mixture, the oil keeps parts of the egg from bonding with the food coloring giving it a marbled appearance.
These marbleized oil and vinegar Easter eggs remind me of space or galaxy themes. They are perfect for space enthusiasts and for junior scientists everywhere!
EASY TO MAKE OIL AND VINEGAR DYED EGGS FOR EASTER SCIENCE!
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