Invitations to Egg Hunts and Spring Celebrations are popping up like tulips. Many food allergy families are on the look out for safe ways to get in on the fun. The great news is there are many safe options! I am sharing my favorite Easter ideas and resources so your family can enjoy an egg-cellent (yep, I said it) holiday season.
People diagnosed with egg allergies worry about dyeing real eggs for Easter because the potential of eggs breaking open while boiling is fairly high. I have used craft eggs for the last few years and really like them. They look like real eggs, can be dyed, and will not spoil if left in the heat after a hunt.
Craft eggs are made from recyclable material and do not dye with the same saturation as a real egg. The color is usually pastel, especially if you follow the instructions on a dye kit. I prefer to purchase dye by itself and the combination that sometimes results in more vibrant colors is to add extra dye, use less vinegar, and soak longer. Craft eggs float so you need to find a way to push them into the dye, or turn them so the dye is even. In time, the dye fades away (especially if left out in the rain).
You are not limited to dye - Sharpie markers, decorative tape and "bling" work beautifully, and stickers are always a favorite. Let your imagination run wild!
Wooden and ceramic eggs are also options. Craft stores sell wooden eggs that can be painted and decorated. Eggnots makes a ceramic, dyeable egg. They are both a little more expensive, but make memorable decor to use year after year.
For egg hunts, you can use decorated craft eggs or try one of these ideas* if you want something different:
As you can see, there is no reason to let food allergies slow you down this spring! As for traditional holiday food, there are some recipes you will need to alter and some you will need to replace (see the article I wrote last Thanksgiving about this). It may take a little longer if you are newly diagnosed, but you can do it! I hope you enjoy finding new ways to celebrate with your loved ones. Happy Spring!
For additional resources, check out FAAM's Easter & Passover board on Pinterest.
*These ideas are not original. Search and you will find blog posts from people who have tried them. You can even find a printable for the Scavenger hunt and Eggs-ercise ideas.
**Please note: Avoid items made of latex and playdough (for those with wheat allergies). Toys small enough to fit in an egg are considered choking hazards for young children. Use caution and make sure your egg fillers are age appropriate.
Food for Thought is the blog for the Food Allergy Alliance of the MidSouth. FAAM's mission is to provide food allergy support, education, advocacy, fellowship & fun for Memphis, TN and surrounding areas.
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