The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Offers Weekly Doodlebug Club

Let your child have fun using their imagination and introduce basic art skills at the weekly Doodlebug Club.

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Doodlebug Club at BRAHM is an hour long class for preschool aged children on Tuesdays from 1-2pm. We start with a fun and educational art project. These projects concentrate on basic art skills such as holding your paintbrush, the primary colors, or holding a pair of scissors. Children are introduced to different art mediums like watercolors, crayons, oil pastels, clay, and colored pencils. We usually have time for each child to create several pieces of art! After clean up it is story time! It’s a great way to introduce your child to art and meet other children and parents.

For additional information, please contact Ethan Brooks-Livingston at 828-295-9099 ext 3004 or email ethan@blowingrockmuseum.org.

Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Are you dyeing Easter eggs this year?  Did you know that typical Easter egg dyes are made of petroleum based ingredients?   You probably aren’t planning on taking a big bite out of the egg shell, but many times those ingredients will still end up on your eggs.  Though I don’t want to gross you out or ruin your Easter fun, it is something that you want to consider when using store bought egg dyes.  The use of petroleum based products is getting increased recognition for research indicating that they causes cancer and Easter egg dyes are only of many sources that petroleum finds its way into our food.

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You might not have even thought about all the natural colors and dyes that are probably sitting in your refrigerator right now.  There are many foods that give off the most glorious colors that you might want to consider when you are dying eggs this Easter instead of reaching for the store bought synthetic dyes.  You probably won’t even have to take an extra trip out of the house, and you may not even realize that these God given beautiful dyes are just sitting there waiting to be a glorious color for your Easter egg creations.

Many juices, fruits, veggies, and spices can make lovely colors for your Easter eggs.  The application on the egg shell will depend on what type of food you are using.  Be creative and feel free to dream up your own colorful creations.  This can be a fun experiment to get the kids involved to figure out what foods might be best to color your eggs.  Have lots of fun using my suggestions below or dream up your own  brilliant sources for egg color and try them out!

Remember with many of these colors the longer you soak the darker the colors will be. There are a couple of ways to dye these eggs you can boil the eggs along with some of the fruits, veggies, or herbs listed below or you can boil the fruit, veggie or herb, strain it, allow it to cool, and set your egg in the cooled water to soak up the dye.  When an item needs to be boiled to bring out color I’ve listed boil with eggs in parenthesis below.  Some dyes such as the grape juice or water added to the frozen blueberries you can simply sit your eggs in to soak up the color.  Have fun!

Brown

Coffee

Pink

Beat juice

Red

Red onion skins (boil with eggs)

Green

Spinach (boil with eggs)

Purple

Purple Cabbage (boil with eggs)
Grape Juice
Frozen Blueberries
Frozen Blackberries

Yellow

Lemon or orange peel (boil with egg)
Yellow onion skin (boil with eggs)
turmeric (boil with eggs)
cumin (boil with eggs)
carrot tops (boil with eggs)

Blue

red cabbage (boil with eggs)

Experiment, have fun, enjoy the beauty of God’s creation this Easter season by using foods as natural dyes.  Have you ever dyed eggs naturally?   Do you have any other suggestions that aren’t listed above?