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Cre­ate and hide un­break­able Easter eggs

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS -

Easter is one of the most im­por­tant days of the year for Chris­tians. Easter Sun­day is filled with sym­bol­ism and tra­di­tion, some of which harken back to early Christianity, while oth­ers trace their ori­gins to pa­gan­ism. The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are two Easter tra­di­tions with less ex­ten­sive his­to­ries. The Easter Bunny first ar­rived in Amer­ica in the 1700s via Ger­man set­tlers who brought with them their tra­di­tion of an egg-lay­ing hare called “Oster­hase.” Chil­dren would make nests where the rab­bit could lay its col­ored eggs. Even­tu­ally, the cus­tom spread from Penn­syl­va­nia, where many Ger­man im­mi­grants set­tled, to other ar­eas around the coun­try. Eggs are sym­bolic of new life and rebirth in many cul­tures. To Chris­tians, eggs rep­re­sent the res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus Christ. An­other the­ory sug­gests that Chris­tians were once for­bid­den to eat dur­ing the Len­ten sea­son pre­ced­ing Easter. There­fore, Chris­tians would paint and dec­o­rate eggs for Easter to mark the joy­ous cel­e­bra­tion and ces­sa­tion of penance and fast­ing. Even though these tra­di­tions have en­dured, Easter eggs them­selves might not be so strong. This year, Easter cel­e­brants may want to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als that are more for­giv­ing and more en­dur­ing than stan­dard eggs. Wooden eggs Fam­i­lies may find that wooden eggs are much more for­giv­ing than stan­dard eggs. Wooden eggs don’t have to be boiled, and they don’t need time to har­den, and they’re quite ma­neu­ver­able

for young fin­gers. Dec­o­ra­tors can ex­plore dif­fer­ent ways to color wooden eggs. Acrylic paints are read­ily avail­able and safe for users of any age. Wood stains or wood mark­ers also can be used to give the eggs a nat­u­ral fin­ish. Oth­ers may want to rip small pieces of dec­o­ra­tive pa­per to cre­ate a de­coupage ef­fect on their wooden eggs. Sew soft eggs Those who are handy with a nee­dle and thread can ex­plore pat­terns for mak­ing soft, stuffed eggs. Cozy fleece or other fab­rics can be sewn to­gether to make the gen­eral egg shape. Then the egg is filled with polyester fill­ing, feath­ers or an­other soft ma­te­rial. Rib­bons, but­tons, trims, and other dec­o­ra­tive touches can per­son­al­ize the eggs and add a touch of whimsy. Check out www.sew4home.com for their ideas on hand­made Easter eggs.

Model­ing clay Chil­dren who love to get their hands dirty may en­joy mak­ing Easter eggs out of model­ing ma­te­ri­als. Col­ors can be blended to­gether to cre­ate a mar­bleized ef­fect. De­pend­ing on the clay medium, the eggs may air-har­den or may need to be heated at a low tem­per­a­ture in the oven to fully cure. Easter eggs are a fun tra­di­tion that adds to the fes­tiv­ity of spring. While tra­di­tional eggs can be used, many dif­fer­ent, more long-last­ing ma­te­ri­als can be used as well.

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