Eggs in cups gif

Eggs can be used as a symbol of spring and new life. There are lots of different ways to decorate eggs.

We're going to dye some eggs using rice and food dye. Then, we will show you how to collage an egg!

Sir Cedric Morris painted this painting in 1944, near the end of World War Two. It was a time when there was not a lot of food to eat and eggs were seen as precious.

We are going to celebrate spring and make some eggs in all different colours just like in Morris's painting. Sir Cedric Morris was famous for painting still-lives of flowers and birds. He loved tending to his garden which he grew from seed.

Sir Cedric Morris, Bt, ‘The Eggs’ 1944
Sir Cedric Morris, Bt
The Eggs 1944
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© The estate of Sir Cedric Morris
Sir Cedric Morris, Bt, ‘Iris Seedlings’ 1943
Sir Cedric Morris, Bt
Iris Seedlings 1943
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© The estate of Sir Cedric Morris
Sir Cedric Morris, Bt, ‘Peregrine Falcons’ 1942
Sir Cedric Morris, Bt
Peregrine Falcons 1942
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© The estate of Sir Cedric Morris

Ready to make some speckled eggs?

materials for making speckled eggs, rice, plastic bags, food dye and eggs

You will need:

  • Re-sealable plastic bags
  • Food dye
  • Rice (you can eat it when you're done!)
  • Eggs (ask an adult to hard boil them for you)

Let's get started

whitened egg in a hand

1. Soak an egg in vinegar and rub it clean

pouring rice into a bag

2. Pour some rice into a sealable bag

Adding food dye to rice in a plastic bag

3. Choose a colour and Add 5 drops of food dye to the rice

Rice coloured by food dye

4. Mix the dye in by scrunching the bag and shaking the rice

gif of a bag with red rice and an egg inside it being shaken around

5. Shake the bag!

Holding up the final red speckled egg

6. Shake until it changes colour, then remove

Try a different colour!

yellow speckled egg

Orange...

green egg

or green!

You can eat the rice and the eggs when you're done!

Eggs on rice

Or try collage

Materials for collage on eggs

What you'll need:

  • PVA glue
  • Small pieces of coloured paper
  • Eggs (Ask an adult to help you blow out the insides using a hole in each end, so the eggs are hollow. This will make them last longer!)
  • A brush

Give it a go

Egg being covered with PVA using a brush

1. Cover the egg with glue

Strips of blue paper being applied to the glue-covered egg

2. Cover the egg with paper

Cover egg with blue paper

3. Keep going until the egg is totally covered

Egg being wrapped in yellow tape

4. Decorate it with more paper or some colourful tape

Try different colours

Swirling eggs in cups