Dyeing eggs is a favorite activity for many children preparing for the Easter holiday, and there are a variety of different dye and decoration methods that can be used.

Boiling Eggs
Make sure the eggs are hardboiled before you begin dyeing them. To get them hardboiled, take regular eggs from the grocery store and boil them in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove them from the water and allow them to dry before starting the dyeing process. Assemble the supplies and materials you need for the different dyeing methods listed here while waiting for the eggs to cool and dry. Common supplies and materials include vinegar, food coloring, a pan of boiling water, and crayons.

Traditional Dye
Purchase vinegar and a pack of food coloring from a local supermarket or retail store. Pour the vinegar into four separate bowls or cups deep enough to submerge an egg in. Add a couple drops of one color of food coloring to each cup and mix it into the vinegar using a spoon. Once mixed, dip the egg into the mixture and hold it for approximately one minute. Remove it from the mixture and set it in the egg carton or on a paper towel to dry. When finished you'll have several different colored Easter eggs to hide and eat on Easter day.

Plastic Wraps
Visit your local supermarket or all-purpose general store to pick up a packet of plastic shrink wraps for Easter eggs. These wraps often feature words, cartoon characters or Easter designs, so you can purchase ones that appeal to you. Once home boil water in a large pot on your stove. Place one of the plastic wraps around a hardboiled egg. Drop it into the boiling water, and let it remain there for five to 10 seconds. The heat from the water will shrink the plastic perfectly around the shape of the egg. Using tongs remove the Easter egg from the water and place it on a paper towel to dry and cool. If you want to shrink wrap colored eggs, dye the eggs first and let them dry before applying the plastic wrap.

Words and Pictures
Find some crayons, and use them to write words and draw pictures on hardboiled eggs prior to dyeing them. Use white crayons and other light colors for Easter eggs that will be dyed green, purple, blue or other dark colors. Write and draw with black, blue, brown and other dark-colored crayons if an egg will be dyed orange, yellow or pink. Submerge the eggs in the dye once you are finished writing and drawing on them. Remove them from the dye and see your words and pictures on the side of the Easter eggs.

Two-Tone Eggs
While most Easter eggs are dyed one color, it's possible to use two or more colors on the egg to make them unique and stand out. To make Easter eggs two colors, hold the bottom half of one egg in the dye using your fingers or tongs. Make sure that your fingers or tongs are above the dye mixture, otherwise the spot where they are holding the egg will remain white. Once the bottom half of the egg is one color, flip it over and dip it into a different color. You can also make three-colored Easter eggs by overlapping in the middle section.

Striped eggs
Purchase some scotch or masking tape to make striped Easter eggs. Find tape that is narrow or consider cutting regular pieces in half lengthwise. Wrap strips of tape around the Easter egg prior to submerging the egg in the dye. Allow the egg to dry before removing the strips of tape. Apply new tape strips to the stripes on the egg already dyed. Choose a different dye color and submerge the egg. Allow the egg to dry before again removing the strips of tape. Once all tape is removed, you'll have a striped Easter egg.

Swirled Eggs
Place vinegar into a cup or bowl deep enough to submerge eggs. Add a food dye color, but don't mix it in. Leave it lying on the surface of the vinegar with occasional bits floating downward into the bowl or cup. Pick up an egg using your tongs. As the egg nears the vinegar and dye, began moving it in a circular motion. Continue the circular motion as your dip your egg almost to the bottom of the cup or bowl. Ensure that the entire egg gets submerged while circulating. Once the egg reaches the bottom, continue to circulate it as your bring it back towards the top and out of the vinegar and dye mixture. The concentrated dye resting at the top of the vinegar along with your circulation will have created a unique, swirled pattern on the Easter egg since the amount of dye the egg was exposed to varied based on your circulations.

Hollow Eggs
While dyeing eggs generally requires hardboiled eggs, to make hollow Easter eggs you use raw eggs straight from the carton. Place a bowl or cup on a table or counter in front of you. Take a pushpin or needle and poke a hole in the end of the egg facing you. Flip the egg over and push a hole in the opposite end. Put your mouth up to one of the holes and blow. The contents of the raw egg will be pushed out by the air you are blowing into the egg. Once the shell of the egg has been emptied, you can decorate it using traditional methods such as dye and crayons. You also have the option of hot gluing fabric and other items to the egg. Hollowed out, these eggs can last as Easter decorations for many years. Just remember that they are fragile and can easily break if dropped or squeezed too hard.

Regardless of which method you choose to use to dye your eggs this Easter, remember that it's important to have fun. The opportunity to celebrate this spring holiday only occurs once every year, and it's often most enjoyed by involving family and friends in dyeing Easter eggs and doing other activities together.