Easter Eggs: Easter Dove


from FamilyFun Magazine

With this project, kids blow an egg, then turn it into a flying wonder. All you need is a raw egg, paint, craft supplies, and fishing line for hanging the egg. The best part? This blown-egg creature will keep indefinitely. Want to make the entire flock of flying eggheads? Find instructions for the rest of the crew at our Easter egg decorating party.

Materials
  eggs
  newsprint
  egg dye
  paper towels
  birthday candles or crayons
  pipe cleaners
  fishing line
  black acrylic or tempera paint
  brushes
  orange paper
  glue

Instructions
1. Blow the Egg: Wash and dry the raw egg. Cover your table with newsprint and set out bowls, pushpins, and paper towels. Shake the egg to break up the yolk. Next, the kids can pierce the top and bottom with a pushpin, making the hole on the wider end a bit larger. Position the egg over the bowl and blow through the small hole, allowing the inside of the egg to seep into the bowl. Set the empty egg, with the large hole down, in an egg carton to dry. Be sure children wash her hands after handling raw egg.

2. Degg-orate the Egg: Let the kids paint half of the egg, stand it atop a bottle cap to dry (use a hair dryer to speed things up), then paint the other half. Centering the face on either hole, paint on features with contrasting colors. Start with a plain white egg. Paint on black eyes. Glue on an orange paper beak and white feathers underneath the egg.

3. Take Flight: Tape a long length of fishing line to the end of an unfolded paper clip. Starting at the small hole, thread the line through the decorated egg and out the large hole. To keep your flying critter upright, tape the fishing line just above the hole in the critter`s back. Hang it from the ceiling or an egg tree.