So yesterday I boiled up two dozen eggs, covered the table with newspaper, set out twelve tea cups, put three tablespoons of vinegar into each cup and called the kids into the kitchen.
After the fizzing stopped (or at least until the kids couldn't wait any longer) we added the water and then the eggs.
I tried to convince the kids to leave the eggs in for a while to insure deep dark brightly colored eggs. But kids being kids, they couldn't wait. So after the first round of eggs turned pale shades of pink and blue and purple, they put in the second round of eggs. Unfortunately I didn't divide the eggs and Sarah was blowing through the eggs more quickly than Peter.
So our picture perfect egg dyeing session ended up with lots of bickering and whining and complaining.
"Mommmmm! She's getting too many eggs!"
"Mommmmm! He's got all the dark colors!"
"She's got all the light colors."
"Well why don't you both trade colors?"
"Mom look! I'm making an egg with more than one color on it!"
"Mommy! Peter's eggs with more than one color look prettier than my eggs. I want my eggs to look like his."
And the whining and complaining and bickering continued until all of the eggs were dyed. And thanks to the fact that the kids decided to dip each egg into multiple colors, most of our eggs look like a shade of faded blah. "Faded blah" - be looking for that on an orangish, brownish, greenish Crayola crayon in a 64-pack coming to a store near you!