Thursday, March 26, 2015

Easy and Fun Easter Eggs for Little Ones: Toddler Friendly Egg Dying with PAAS Color Snaps

Easter is coming up so fast this year I feel like I don't have enough time to fit in all the fun Easter activities with our busy lifestyle! But that's not going to stop me from trying so my little one can have a fun-filled holiday.

My mom came up unexpectedly from Arizona on a sad visit to go to her Aunt's funeral. Of course it snowed several inches while she was here when a week before we were pushing 70 degrees and everyone was so giddy from spring fever that they put their shovels in storage (gotta love spring in Illinois). She was able to visit with Jackson and I on her last day for a few hours when I got off work so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to do something fun with Grandma!

Enter PAAS color snaps. A woman at work raved to me about color snaps with her two toddlers in tow. She went on and on about how great they were. Since I had been wondering if Jackson would sit through dying eggs because he has typical toddler ADD and dying eggs is not the most exciting fast paced activity that he craves, I decided to try out these so-called color snaps.

While the snow was coming down outside like it was Christmas Eve, I boiled some eggs, let them cool and we got started.
The color snaps come in five colors: pink, yellow, green, blue and purple. To use these q-tip color filled contraptions you just snap the top area where the line is. Then all the color flows down to one end of the q-tip that you use to "color" your eggs. I'll admit I snapped the purple one and got sprayed in the face a little bit (luckily it washed right off). This is not the cleanest activity but neither is dying eggs the traditional way.
My co-worker, Cindy, came up with a brilliant idea to use trays that liquid water enhancers are displayed in to hold dyed eggs until they've dried. She gathered up a bunch for me and they really worked great!! I'm going to use them every year now!

Jackson immediately loved using the color snaps. He held onto the egg and colored all around his hand.
We Skyped with Jackson's cousin Jade in Arizona the whole time he colored eggs. He had to show her each egg when he was finished coloring it.

Jackson was really focused on coloring his eggs.

Jackson thoroughly enjoyed coloring the eggs with the color snaps. He never got bored and he colored all one dozen eggs.  I even managed to get Jackson to smile in one of the pictures, which he does maybe once in a hundred pictures even though I beg and plead and ask him to say money til I'm blue in the face (maybe I should take a leaf out of one of those photographer's books who fake sneeze and talk in baby voices)!
Here's all 12 colored eggs. My mom and I  had to try the color snaps out for ourselves so we put a few personal touches of our own on a couple eggs (they're not Van Gogh-esque by any means, well maybe Jackson's are) The color snaps had plenty of "color" in them for all 12 eggs but they did start to dry up after 15 minutes or so of non-use.
Overall I really liked PAAS color snaps. Jackson seemed to have a lot of fun and so did my mom and I. However it was a little messy. Especially when I peeled the eggs for Jackson to eat (he loooves hard boiled eggs). All the color came off on my hands and it took some scrubbing to come off.

We will definitely use them again (probably as soon as this weekend when we dye eggs with Cory's family). I wish I would have known about them last year since Jackson had absolutely no interest whatsoever in what everyone was doing at the table. I'm so glad I found out about them in time for dying eggs this year though!

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with PAAS. All opinions, experiences and dyed eggs are my own (and Jackson's).



  1. I had a lot of fun doing this with Jackson. :) It was so easy for him to do the eggs all by himself.

  2. We had so much fun with you too mom!! I'm so glad we got to dye eggs with you :)


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