At the request of the Times Free Press, Shannon Galyons second graders at Silverdale Baptist Academy recently tried out four popular egg-coloring kits.
Emily Anderson of Shannon Galyon's second grade class at Silverdale Baptist Academy paints an Easter egg during an evaluation of different egg dyeing products.
Here is a look at the kits with comments by the testers:
Dudleys Speckled Eggs
Cracked up to be: Eggs with stickers applied before sponge-painting on colors; remove stickers when eggs dry to reveal white hearts and stars patterns.
Results: Little mess involved except on hands; vibrant colors; some difficulty removing stickers backing and keeping stickers on while sponging.
Fun factor: I like putting stickers on. Emma McCuiston
Theyre fun because you get to sponge-paint them. Emily Anderson
Paas Tie-Dye Egg Decorating Kit
Cracked up to be: Sixties tie-dye look achieved by wrapping egg in square of fabric, locking wrapped egg in a plastic press with prepunched holes and applying colors to fabric through holes of press with dropper.
Results: Quite messy; muted colors; instructions challenging for children. Tie-dye effect worked if egg not over-colored; but children lost patience with dropping color through holes and submerged eggs in color bowls.
From left, Rachel Satterfield, Julia Splawn and Alexander Ioannidis dye eggs during an evaluation of different egg dying products.
Fun factor: Just OK for me. Alexander Ioannidis
Hardest part was putting colors in the holes. Collin Daniel
Dudleys Swirl an Egg
Cracked up to be: Swirled color patterns by submerging egg in bowl of color, allowing to dry and swirling into second color bowl.
Results: Poor. Dye didnt separate properly in bowls of water, children impatient for eggs to dry before applying second colors.
Fun factor: It didnt swirl. I just colored the whole thing. Christopher Cooper
Paas Sparkling Glitter Kit
Cracked up to be: Eggs dipped in bowls of color, then decorated with glitter paint applied by brush.
Results: Dye tablets made strong colors, easy to do, little mess, glitter paint application worked.
Fun factor: It worked just right. Sydney Heath.
It was easy to do. The glitter stuck OK. It worked like it was supposed to. Clay Hudgins.
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