Sunday, September 21, 2008

Unplugged - Hard

When I read this week's theme, I couldn't get past the meaning for "difficult." I kept coming up with ideas of doing something that was "difficult" for E...but I wasn't happy with any of them. So when all else fails, look to Google. Believe it or not, the very first search result was "hard-boiled eggs." Yippee! E had been asking me for months to color Easter eggs...ever since a well-meaning lady gave her a free egg decorating kit at a garage sale. Note for your next garage sale: The best way to get rid of the junk in your "FREE" box is to hand it to a 2 year old when her mother isn't watching.

I decided that we could color Halloween eggs. The night before our project I boiled 10 eggs, and selected the orange, yellow, green, and purple tablets out of the packet...we saved the other colors for the real deal next spring. Then while E was napping I set up the table with the vinegar, crayons, cups, and all and waited for her to discover it.
She was so excited to finally use her egg kit, that she actually shrieked with glee. We colored the eggs with crayons...I made a jack-o-lantern and a ghost and E made some nice scribbles. She measured the vinegar and dropped one tablet into each cup. The sizzle made her very happy...but her very favorite part was using the little dippy-doodle thingy to drop the eggs into the cup. She held onto it with a white knuckled grip and made sure each egg went in and out without harm.

Her coloring was not so careful, though, and she managed to break one egg with the crayon. That's when we discovered that the hard-boiled eggs were not HARD boiled. In fact, they were barely soft-boiled! What the heck? I've made eggs like this FOR EVER...bring them to a boil, take them off the heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes. I even set the timer. I have no idea what happened, but I tried not to let on that I was pretty disappointed that our "hard" project was, well, not. When the eggs dried I gave E some gourds and a little pumpkin to arrange with the eggs in a bowl for a centerpiece. In true E fashion, she discarded all the pretty gourds and went with just one pumpkin and a pile of eggs. That's my girl.
In the end, I found out that I could scoop the runny egg innards into a bowl and microwave them to a passable scramble...but I'm the only one who's eating them, because I don't want my Unplugged Project to poison the family.


Michie said...

I love it. I actually thought about hard boiled eggs after doing a search on for hard and they came up. I love the picture of the eggs with the pumpkin! What fun!

Gottfredsen said...

What a fun project. I love the eggs with the pumpkin too. Very cute.

Michelle said...

Coloring eggs is always fun... cute to do it 'out of season' but using seasonal colors.

I had to laugh about the garage sale comment. I stopped doing garage sales this summer because we kept coming home with stuff just handed to my kids. The last one went to we came home with 2 stuffed Christmas bears, as big as my kids, that played music and smelled as though they had been stored in the garage (where the owner smoked). I mean seriously, what the heck were we supposed to do with those things! LOL.

Dayna said...

I am loving the fun had by doing something when it is not expected!!

These turned out great...I want jack o lantern eggs too!

Yelli said...

Thanks to Unplug your Kids, I have truly learned the lesson that nothing ever goes like it should Thank you...(I think?)

Way to go with the flow...!

Bobbie said...

those eggs look gorgeous!! we did this at easter.. Good at thinking outside the box... I would never have thought of "hard boiled eggs"

amazing there is so much craft and learning to do out in the world.. all these lovely ideas bloggers come up with

ScottChrisCoriCassiCali said...

I just want to say, Halloween hard-boiled eggs is a GREAT idea. I am going to make black ones for my kids' class for a snack when the holiday gets a little closer! Fantastic idea! Thanks :)

Shawna said...

I don't know why we don't do more egg dyeing for Halloween, after all we always make them into Deviled Eggs when we're done. What could be more Halloweenie? :O)

Anonymous said...

I love how intent she was dipping the eggs in. Great juxtaposition with the eggs and pumpkin.

Anonymous said...

I laughed at your garage sale advice! I once went to a thrift store in town where they gave my kids all this junk that to this day I can't get them to part with. I never dared go back!

Sorry the hard eggs weren't as hard as planned. My hard sand sculptures weren't all quite as hard as they should have been either. Is it that hard to make a hard project? LOL!

At least your little one had fun!

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