Science Friday: Tie-Dye Easter Eggs

This experiment comes just in time for Easter weekend courtesy of Ms. Tevin. The results are colorful and bright, and we know your kids will love it! If you have eggs, food coloring, and vinegar, then you are ready to go. Let’s hop right into it!

Tie-Dye Easter Eggs

  1. Hard-boiled eggs
  2. Food coloring
  3. Paper towels
  4. Spray bottle
  5. Vinegar
  6. Twist-ties or rubber band
  1. Carefully wrap hard-boiled eggs in paper towels and secure them tightly with twist ties or a rubber band.
  1. Drop food coloring onto the towel-wrapped egg, mixing and adding different colors. You may add more or less coloring to create different effects. This is a great time to experiment with color mixing!
  1. When finished adding the colors you like, take your spray bottle filled with vinegar and spray egg until completely wet.
  1. Here is the hard part…. WAIT for 4-6 hours until the paper towel is completely dry.
  2. After the paper towel is dry, peel it away from the egg and see the amazing results!
The Science Behind It

Think of foods you’ve tasted like lemons, limes, or pickles. Do they taste sour? YES! Those things taste sour because of the acid in them. If you tasted the vinegar, you would taste that it is also sour because it’s acidic. The acid in vinegar helps the food coloring to “stick” to the egg and color it. We hope you enjoy and have fun with this experiment!

Happy Easter from PALZ!