I saw a facebook post about dyeing Easter eggs with Kool-Aid. I had never heard of this before, so I thought I would try it to see if this method could be used in the classroom as an alternative to using traditional egg dye kits.
I was able to purchase 5 packets of Kool-Aid for $1.00 at our local grocery store. The Kool-Aid was more economical than the egg dye kits (it does not require vinegar) and could, therefore, save a teacher some money. But do you get the same results?
container for each color
crayons (if desired)
I used the following flavors in my experiment – Cherry, Orange, Grape (not recommended), Green Apple, Yellow Lemonade, Pink Sharkleberry Fin, and Blue Raspberry Lemonade.
For each color, empty the Kool-Aid packet into a glass or container.
Add 2/3 cup of water
Stir until the Kool-Aid is dissolved.
Do this for each color. They smell amazing!
If desired, prior to placing the eggs in the Kool-Aid egg dye you can write on them with a crayon. Students can write their names or draw pictures.
Place a hard boiled egg onto a spoon and carefully place it in the Kool-Aid egg dye.
Let the egg soak in the Kool-Aid egg dye mixture until the desired color is achieved. Once the egg is the desired color, take it out and let dry. Do not touch the eggs with your fingers while they are still wet – the color rubs off quite easily. Allow them to dry completely before handling them.
The only color (flavor) that did not work out well at all was the grape. It did not make the egg purple – it turned gray.
DO NOT USE GRAPE!! All the other flavors worked well except for the grape.
I was pleased with the other colors (flavors). I don’t recommend leaving the eggs in the Kool-Aid dye for longer than 5-10 minutes. I left some in too long and they came out grainy looking in appearance. It was my fault as I got distracted lol. The others looked very nice.
The eggs we wrote on with a crayon worked as well. The writing is visible and clear.
All in all I would recommend this as an alternative to traditional egg dyeing kits. It is safe for students, it smells amazing, it colors the eggs just as well as traditional egg dye, and it is a little cheaper. I give it a thumbs up! Come back tomorrow as I will be trying the shaving cream method for dyeing Easter eggs.