Have a go at egg painting

Egg painting is a tradition that goes back thousands of years and spans many cultures. In Scotland, it’s often linked to Easter and spring, as eggs are a sign of new life, but you can do this activity at any time of year. Egg painting is great fun whatever your age, so why not get all the family involved!

For this activity you’ll need to choose an animal to paint onto your egg – we’ve chosen a blue tit, but you could choose a different garden bird or even something like a hedgehog!


© Lucy Haskell

What you will need:

  • An egg
  • An egg box or egg cup
  • A pan and hob
  • Paint or felt pens
  • A fine paintbrush (if your using paint)
  • Card
  • Glue

How to paint your egg:

  1. Firstly, boil your egg (this is where you might need a grown up to help) and leave it to cool.
  2. Take your empty egg box or an egg cup and position your egg sideways on it so that you can paint it.
  3. Decide which end of your egg will be the head of your animal. For our example blue tit, we’ve chosen the fat end of the egg as the head.
  4. Using a picture for reference, colour in the egg to look like your chosen animal.
  5. If you’ve chosen a bird, you’ll need to make a beak. Cut a small triangle of card and paint it the colour of your chosen bird’s beak. Fold the card triangle gently in the middle to give it shape, and glue it to the egg in the centre of the bird’s face.
  6. Use your newly painted egg to decorate the house or garden.


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Time to complete

1 hour

Suitable for age

Suitable location

Resource Level

Curriculum linked

Expressive Arts (art and design)

Social Studies (history)

Moral and religious education


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