Let the coloring commence!

7 Apr

All throughout my childhood, we colored hard-boiled eggs then my parents hid them for the Easter egg hunt the following day. This year, I decided to do the same for my daughter, instead of her hunting the usual chocolate eggs.

Finding the dye was a mission and a half but I stumbled upon the same selection I used to use as a child at a wonderful arts and crafts shop called Loisirs et Créations.

I brought these little packets down with me to the south and decided today was the day to transform the kitchen into a veritable dyeing factory. A huge marmite of eggs was bubbling away on the gas cooker and once they were ready, we placed 5 pans with red, blue, green, yellow and purple color on the floor, thereby allowing the little one to have an uninterrupted view of the wonder of the dying process. The idea is to let the boiled eggs soak up the desired shade, stirring occasionally to get an even finish.

Once they were ready, we let them dry for a few hours before sticking funny little stickers on them. They are now ready to be hidden in the garden for tomorrow’s hunt (fingers crossed the weather holds out!)

For those mums who haven’t had the time to organise an egg hunt in Paris, here are a few ideas that could be useful. First of all, find out from your Mairie if they’ve planned anything in your arrondissement. If not, why not join one of these organised hunts:

1)    The Secours Populaires is organising a giant chocolate egg hunt in the Buttes Chaumont on Sunday 8 April from 2 to 6 pm. The entrance fee is 3€ and that includes a magic show, face painting and candy floss! 38 avenue Simon Bolivar, 19th.

2)    The Mairie of the 17th arrondissement is organising an egg hunt in the Square Boulay Level on Sunday 8 April from 9:30-12:30 pm for kids aged 2 to 7. You can enter the square from one of these entrances: rue Boulay, rue Emile-Level or rue Ernest-Gouin.

3)    For those already booked on the Sunday, there’s an egg hunt organised on Wednesday 11 April in the garden of the  Mairie of the 7th arrondissement at 4 pm. Your children can take part in an egg-painting workshop (every half hour from 2-4 pm but make sure to sign them up by calling 0153587507) followed by the hunt.

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