R eady, set, think Easter! Put aside chores and to-do lists for an afternoon and make these colorfully decorated "surprise inside" Easter eggs with your family.
You'll need the simplest of supplies: real eggshell halves or plastic eggs that twist open in half, bright gift-wrap tissue paper, household white glue and your children's creativity.
Come Easter morning, friends and family will anticipate cracking open these dazzling eggs because there's a special surprise inside each one!
To get started, save your eggshells. When a recipe calls for eggs, carefully crack the eggs in half, empty the contents for the recipe and rinse out the matching eggshells with soap and water. Set them aside to dry thoroughly, making sure you keep the pairs together. Or, simply use inexpensive empty plastic eggs in a variety of sizes from discount and dollar stores.
Place a small charm, toy, coins or a strip of paper with a saying, poem or kind thought inside one of the halves of each eggshell pair. For example, "For an egg-stra special friend whose sense of humor cracks me up!"
Now it's time to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Find the matching eggshell half and tape or glue the two pieces together. Don't worry if there are gaps where small pieces of the shell may have broken.
Brush white household glue one section at a time on the eggshell and place small squares of cut gift-wrap tissue paper on the glue. Overlap the tissue squares as you cover the entire egg, including the open gaps, if there are any.
Paint a final coat of glue over the tissue-covered egg. Let dry. The glue will become invisible, revealing a colorful mosaic of tissue shapes. If an egg is designated for a particular person, glue on a small nametag.
Arrange your brightly decorated eggs in an Easter basket and enjoy them as a table centerpiece this month. On Easter morning crack open the eggs to reveal the surprises!
Editor's note: Donna Erickson's award-winning series "Donna's Day" is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the new Donna's Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is "Donna Erickson's Fabulous Funstuff for Families."