Bistro Marker Chalkboard Easter Eggs Craft
These chalkboard Easter eggs colored with chalk markers are a fun activity for kids and an easy opportunity to teach about this ancient symbol of new life.
Symbolic Easter Eggs
The meaning of an Easter egg goes back far beyond any one religion and belongs to all mankind. Imagine early man wondering at the dead stone-shape that later cracks open to reveal a warm living creature. The earliest ancient cultures believed the world began with an enormous egg. Ancient Egyptian myth describes Ra as an egg coming from the sea. In one Hindu myth the World Egg broke in two, half forming the sky and half forming the earth. Ancient Greek myths describe the first god hatching from a cosmic egg. Samoan myths tell of their great god Tangaloa-Langi hatched from an egg, with the broken bits of shell becoming their islands in the Pacific.
Eggs in Spring Celebrations
Chinese New Year celebrations dating back thousands of years often include egg balancing games. Ancient Chinese custom maintains that standing a raw egg on its end at the first moment of spring promises good luck for the rest of the year. Modern Iranians, like their Persian ancestors, exchange red eggs for blessings of luck at Nowruz. Learn more about the spring festivals of Chinese New Year and Persian Nowruz here.
The Jewish holiday of Passover celebrates a new beginning, when the Hebrews were freed from Egyptian slavery. On the first night of the eight-day holiday celebrated each spring, families gather for a special meal called a seder. They eat special foods to retell the story of how they became free. Each food on the plate tells a different part of the story. The egg symbolizes the new life that beings each spring.
The Christian holiday of Easter celebrates a new beginning, when Jesus arose from the dead. Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon after the spring equinox. This is usually the Sunday after the Jewish Passover. Easter eggs have roots in many early European and Christian traditions. The religious observation of Lent probably began around the year 325. This was a 40 day period of fasting and sacrifice prior to the Easter celebration. During this time people did not eat meat or eggs. In the Middle Ages when food was scarce in early spring, a fresh egg at Easter was a welcome gift. Hungry children would roam around at the Easter season begging for them. Baskets of eggs blessed at church on Easter Saturday became the special breakfast for Easter Sunday in Russian, Ukraine, Poland and Eastern Europe.
Painted Easter Eggs
From these early Easter egg traditions sprouted the tradition of decorating eggs. Dipping eggs in dyes made from flowers, leaves, and roots created colorful eggs symbolic of the season. Onion skins or hickory bark produced yellow. Madder root created light red. Walnut shells or coffee made brown. Flower petals and leaves made pinks, blues, and greens. Brightly colored eggs symbolized the bright sun of springtime. Red eggs represented the blood of Christ. Yogoslav people marked eggs with X V meaning “Christ is Risen”. In Hungary, eggs were white with red flowers. The tradition in Germany was to scratch designs in colored eggs — tulips, leaves, hearts and butterflies. In Poland and southern Russia, woman and girls began weeks ahead making intricately designed eggs. Common symbols included a sun for good luck, a hen for wishes come true, a deer for good health, and flowers for love and beauty.
Colorful Easter Eggs Craft for Kids
We tend to think that the tradition of coloring eggs has continued for hundreds of years because it’s so fun! Chalkboard eggs have the unique characteristic of being erasable! Chalkboard eggs colored with chalkboard markers have uniquely vibrant colors and no chalk dust!
- 4.5″ egg-shaped wood cuts (0.25″ thick)
- black chalkboard spray paint
- white chalk (for seasoning chalkboards before first use)
- Bistro Chalk Markers
- Follow chalkboard paint package directions to spray-paint wood shapes.
- Continue to follow the package directions to season the chalkboard shapes with chalk prior to first use.
- Color eggs using bistro chalk markers.
- Erase using a damp cloth.
- Color eggs again! Such fun!
- “Etch” a name using vinyl lettering before coloring, then remove to reveal.
- Lilies, Rabbits, and Painted Eggs, The Story of the Easter Symbols by Edna Barth
- A New Beginning, Celebrating the Spring Equinox by Wendy Pfeffer
- The Ancient Celtic Festivals and How We Celebrate Them Today by Clare Walker Leslie and Frank E. Gerace