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Lesson Plan #:AELP-INT001
Date: 1994

Grade Level(s): 4, 5, 6


  • Interdisciplinary
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts/Reading
  • Arts/Visual Arts


  • Raw egg
  • Yellow dye
  • Red or blue dye
  • No. 2 pencil
  • White wax crayon
  • Small plastic margarine tub filled with crumbled tissue paper.
  • A fine felt-tip black marker


  • To expose students to the Ukrainian custom of decorating eggs.
  • To have students decorate their own eggs with their own creative designs.


  • Each student draws a simple design on a piece of paper. They repeat lines and shapes to make patterns and create symbols.
  • Dye each student’s egg yellow.
  • As the dry egg rests in the nest of tissue, students copy their design onto the egg with pencil.
  • The white crayon is then used to cover any part of the design that was to remain yellow.
  • After three layers of white crayon, the egg is dyed with the second color of dye, red or blue.
  • Two holes are then poked in the ends of the egg and the contents blown out.
  • Place the blown egg in a microwave for 7 to 10 seconds or until the crayon wax begins to melt.
  • Wipe the softened wax away with paper towels exposing both colors. The designs are taking shape.
  • The students then use a fine-tip permanent marker to outline the shapes and add details.
  • Finally each egg is covered with clear acrylic spray to make it more durable. (in a well ventilated area).
  • Follow-up Reading:

    Patricia Polacco’s book titled Rechenka’s Eggs is at the third grade reading level and a great lead-in or follow-up to this art activity.

    This lesson plan was downloaded from Big Sky Telegraph.