Monthly Archives: April 2014

TBC Crafters 52 – Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Although Easter has just passed, I still want to share this craft that parents and kids can work together. I have dyed some Easter Eggs with my kids in the past Sunday and my 2 kids enjoyed so much – not just the dyeing part but also the eating part.

In Chinese culture, when baby is 30 days old, the family would prepare some eggs dyed in red to distribute to relatives and friends. Relatives and friends would visit the family in the first month of the baby born. The family would serve a special dish – pig’s limbs and eggs with vinegar and ginger. The red eggs would only distribute on the 30th day after the birth of the baby. In the old days, the dye used was beets or red food coloring. Concerning the health of my family, I don’t use artificial coloring, msg or food with a lot of chemical substances. To dye Easter Eggs, I have searched for information and looked up in internet/youtube. There are some videos teaching how to dye Easter eggs with natural ingredients. I reviewed some and experimented trying to make blue, orange and green eggs.

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TBC Crafters 51 – Paper Roll Easter Bunny

Easter is so close but too bad there is no holiday in USA. I miss the old days living in Hong Kong. There are 17 public holidays in 2014 and there are 3 consecutive days of public holidays for Easter. This week, I decided to make something for Easter. When I ask my children about Easter, they would mention Easter eggs, bunny, chicks and of course, goodies for their friends. A big bag of plastic Easter egg goodies has been prepared for each of my kids and they have brought them to school right after their Spring Break. The craft for this week is a parent-kid project of my family. I led my kids and more than half of the works was done by them. Indeed, they can do on their own with minimal guidance.

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TBC Crafters 50 – Kids’ Clay Creation

This is my 50 posts of TBC Crafters Hop. I would like to share something done by my kids tonight. Thanks for their creativity that I can be lazy for one more weeks! :-p This is not really a craft actually, not up to the extent that it can be called a craft. Maybe I am a bit strict on this definition. OK, my kids called it a project. Both I and my hubby think that they can work together which is very  impressive and priceless to us. They are the best friends as well as the best enemies. They fight everyday but would miss each other when they are not together. Parents understand what I mean and that is what I and my hubby are willing to work hard for – they love and care each other.

Back to their “creation” – my daughter went to a field trip in an art museum today and she was given a big piece of clay. She and her brother played and played then finally came up to a plan to make a project – some clay cookies. It sounds not really special, right? Yes, it is but they add something. My son used some of the gear pieces from his broken RC cars to add “sparkles” to “the cookies”. My daughter added some real “sparkles” – her toy jewelry/gems and it is her idea.to present the cookies using her toy food tray. They were so excited to complete this “project” and see how they present the cookies in a pattern. I did not realize that until I edited the pictures and uploaded to here.

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