It’s a little early for Easter, but being that this new eco-kids product just launched this week, we should take a look. Parent Dish, and other sites called the brand new Eco-Eggs Easter Egg Coloring Kit one of the best green toys at Toy Fair 2010 and while I haven’t seen it yet personally it does sound super spiffy.
The eco-egg coloring kit comes with vegetable capsules in five vibrant colors made with natural extracts from purple sweet potato, paprika, beta carotene, red cabbage and blueberries. There’s enough dye in each kit to color eggs twice. The kit also comes with 2 soy crayons for decorating.
I’m interested in actually seeing if this kit works well though.
I’ve had luck dying play clay, cloth and paper with homemade vegetable, flower and fruit dye, but I’ve had less luck with homemade Easter egg dye. The colors are usually not potent enough to stick to the shell (I’m guessing) or the dyes leave a color you don’t want on your eggs (like brownish gray). In fact, Green Baby Guide has a very good post about the problems of Easter egg dyes that points out this natural dye issue.
The Eco-Eggs Easter Egg Coloring Kit is available right now at the eco-kids website and I’ve heard rumors that the kit will be available at select Whole Foods Market locations beginning March 4 as well.