One of my favorite things to do in the Spring is dye Easter eggs! Yet, in the last few years, I have become increasingly uncomfortable using the painfully artificial dyes available to us in grocery stores. Especially since we boil our eggs with hopes of eating them later. I have had to throw away far too many eggs that have cracked, revealing neon colors on the flesh of the egg.

If you read my blog last year, you know that I finally opted to make my own natural dye. But rest assured – this was out of desperation. I could not find any natural egg coloring kits on the market.

Imagine my elation this year as Hazelnut Kids announced the arrival of eco-kids eco-eggs Easter Egg Coloring Kits! No more boiling beets for me.

Eco-kids is a lovely United States based company, created by parents that wanted to create non-toxic, natural materials for their children that inspired creativity. Mission accomplished! After starting out selling handmade art supplies at farmers markets, eco-kids has grown and become one of our favorite wholesalers.

eco-kids eco-eggs coloring kit details:

  • can create 6 colors from 3 natural dyes (color chart included)
  • ingredients – purple sweet potato, curcumin, annatto seed and blue cabbage extracts
  • can dye at least 4 dozen eggs
  • can download fun egg creature cutouts and activity sheets from eco-kids

Plus, check out this fun video by eco-kids if you want to see eco-kids eco-eggs coloring kit in action:

eco-eggs by Jack and Ella. from eco kids on Vimeo.

This natural Easter egg coloring kit offers the perfect solution for those ready to make the switch to natural dye, but not quite interested in boiling down their own colors. I cannot wait to give this a try with the kids!

“Hoppy” dyeing!

Bridgett – Manager, Hazelnut Kids

We recently stumbled upon a company called Artterro. As a long time lover of the arts, I am always excited to be exposed to new, quality products that inspire. Artterro was created by a couple of Moms who were searching for art kits that encouraged creativity, and were sustainable.

They had this to say on their website:

Kids appreciate quality art materials! Beautiful supplies inspire them to create amazing things, just like they do for adults. Children easily immerse themselves in the process, often unattached to the final product, and their enthusiasm is contagious! Works of art composed with Artterro‘s high-quality materials become treasures artists young and old proudly display.”

I was ecstatic to bring a kit home and put it to the test! My daughter chose the Artterro Collage Jewelry Kit, and I’m not sure who was more excited.

Confession: While I was very excited to check the kit out, I have to admit I actually put it off for quite awhile. I was afraid it was going to require a lot of my assistance to help my daughter, and wanted to make sure I had enough time to give her my undivided attention.

Reality: I didn’t do a single thing to help her, and she was capable of working on the jewelry projects entirely on her own. This kit has a recomended age of 7+, and at 8 years old – Isabelle was fully capable of managing the kit on her own.

Discovery: Not only are Artterro kits eco-friendly, sustainable, and open-ended – but they also encourage independent work, and promote creative confidence! Isabelle was able to create her own piece of jewelry from start to finish, without my assistance. A confidence booster and just plain fun!

The really great thing was, I didn’t need to go around finding a bunch of different supplies in different packaging, wondering if they were of decent quality. I simply grabbed one bag, and everything we needed was ready to go. No excess packaging waste – just one bag with everything needed for the project inside. Great for a rainy day or a fun birthday gift.

We Want to Share the Love!

We want to spread the word about these fun kits, and give one away to a lucky winner. So don’t miss the chance to win this wonderful prize! Simply check out our Artterro products, and tell us what you love. You can receive extra entries by following Hazelnut Kids on facebook and Twitter, and subscribing to the Hazelnut Kids newsletter. (sign-up is on the bottom left of home page) You can also tweet about our giveaway or share a link with your facebook friends for additional entries. Just remember to tell us with additional comments. Random drawing will be held on September 30.

Good luck!

Bridgett – Manager, Hazelnut Kids

*This giveaway is now closed*

I have wanted to try natural Easter egg dying for a while now. This year, I happened to receive a recipe for it in the mail – so I decided to go for it!

My friend and I divided up the grocery list, and made plans to tag team the challenge. Between the two of us, we actually had everything we needed already at home.

We used blueberries, spinach, cranberries, and turmeric – but there are lots of recipes out there! It takes a little time to boil the ingredients down, and even longer to soak the eggs in it – but I think it is worth it!



In a moment of weakness, I will admit, I was concerned that the natural dyes were not going to do their job – and I dissolved some leftover from last year tablets. A desperate attempt to salvage what I thought might be the loss of Easter tradition for my kids – brightly colored eggs in their basket in the morning, dyed by themselves. I quickly regretted this decision, but it was a good learning experience for me. Sure, the dissolved tablets made for instantly bright colored eggs for the kids, but the eggs they put in those bowls were done too soon! There was no anticipation or excitement building up – just instant gratification. And don’t we have too much of that already?!

I was surprised to see how even with the vibrant artificial colors available to the kids, they still gravitated to the natural dyes. They enjoyed periodically checking on the eggs to see the progress they had made, and somehow appreciated the soft colors. They thought it was really cool that we had made our own colors, with natural foods. Additionally, they were able to eat the eggs that had cracked and soaked in those dyes, and raved about the tasty eggs, and how they could eat them because the “dye” was just food! No way would I have felt great about turning over a cracked egg that had soaked in a florescent pink!

our finished eggs

our finished eggs

So, as I type with green finger tips (from the regrettable moment when I took an egg out of the bowl with the artificial dye) I ponder a lesson learned. My kids did not need instantly colored eggs, neon hues, or stained skin. They just needed my benefit of the doubt that they were patient, inspired, and appreciative.

Happy Spring!

Bridgett – Manager,  Hazelnut Kids

At Hazelnut Kids, we use beautiful, 100% post-consumer recycled gift wrap. The only problem is – we are left with lots of scraps after lovingly wrapping our gift orders with this paper. As cabin fever set in at my home, I decided to kill two birds with one stone. Find a use for all this leftover paper, and entertain the young, creative minds at home! I thought, what a great opportunity to test out our new Clementine Art Glue as well.

Clementine Glue and Earth Lovin Paper
Clementine Glue and Earth Love’n Paper

So, I gathered some colored paper from our art closet, got out the gift wrap scraps and Clementine Art Natural Glue I brought home from work – and we got busy! We cut the papers into small square pieces, and then used decorative scissors to cut out a slightly smaller size of the gift wrap paper. Thanks to Clementine Art, there were no overwhelming fumes as the kids glued their gift wrap pieces to the colored paper. When they got some on their fingers, I thought “oh well, it won’t hurt them!”

Jack cutting the gift cards
Jack cutting the gift cards

For the finishing touches, we used a stamp on the back of the cards that says “To:” and “From:” so they could be used as gift notes for packages. We tied scrap pieces of raffia left over from gift wrapping at Hazelnut Kids to make a nice detail at the top of the cards.

Isabelle tying the gift card
Isabelle tying the gift card

My daughter was so inspired by the project that she searched her stash of “saveables” to see what else she could use to make cards with. About a year ago, she saved every piece of gift wrap after a family member opened all of their wedding gifts. She did not want it to get thrown away, and just knew that she would find a use for it someday! She had quite a collection – and it made for some really beautiful cards!

finished gift cards
finished gift cards

I was happy to do more than just recycle our gift wrap scraps, and the kids were proud to make such lovely and functional cards. We were all happy to use a glue that was gentle on our noses, skin, and the environment! What kinds of treasures can you make with your would be trash?!

Happy creating!

Bridgett – Manager, Hazelnut Kids

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share a photo of our homemade heart crayons. I had been looking for a reason to rid our home of all the traditional crayons that are petroleum based and replace them with some of the beautiful beeswax and soy crayons we carry at Hazelnut Kids. I just couldn’t bare to throw them out, so when my children needed to make Valentines for their classroom exchanges, I found the opportunity!

Hazelnut Kids Homemade Crayons

Hazelnut Kids Homemade Crayons

We simply melted the old ones down in glass dishes inside the microwave and poured the melted wax into heart shaped molds. We first tried mixing two colors in one dish, but after having to stir them a couple of times, the colors blended and didn’t give the “swirl” affect we were looking for. We had better results melting individual colors in their own dishes and then mixing colors as we poured them into the molds. Once they hardened, which only took about ten minutes, I had the kids carve their names into the finished crayons.

Our last batches were certainly better than the first, but they were all equally fun! And how nice for the kids to deliver a valentine that is useful and not destined for the garbage. This project only cost $10, and that was for the heart molds that we will use for many years to come.

Tracy Coe – Owner of Hazelnut Kids

Recently, I had contact with a customer who had a great idea. She was using one of Hazelnut Kids wooden sets to teach primary and secondary colors to her children. Why hadn’t I thought of that? It is never too early to teach kids the basics of art, and there are many studies that show a link between kids who are involved in visual arts, and those that do well in school.

Plan Toys Wooden Cone Sorting Stockmar Beeswax Crayons in a Wooden Box

You can start with kids as young as two years old with Plan Toys – Cone Sorting set. Or, make a simple color wheel with one of our Stockmar Beeswax Crayon sets. They are easy for little ones to handle, and smell great!

Haba Cathedral Wooden Stacking Toy
You can even make a 3D color wheel with pieces from the Haba Cathedral Stacking Toy, for those textile learners!

So don’t waste another day!  Visit Hazelnut Kids and see how creative you can get!

Bridgett, Manager – Hazelnut Kids Natural Toys

We just did a fun project with our sons’ friends, and thought that those of you with Stockmar Beeswax Crayons might be interested in it. We made pictures by melting beeswax crayons on paper, and now it is a Rorshach test – what do you see in the picture above?

Adults can shave off some of the block crayons with the Stockmar scraper that came with the crayons, or if you have the beeswax stick crayons and a large-holed pencil sharpener, the kids can make the shavings. Fold a piece of paper in half and then unfold it, and ask the kids to make a design by sprinkling the shavings on one half of the paper. When they are done, fold the paper again so the sprinklings are in between the two halves, and with a clothes iron heated on the lowest setting, the adults can press the iron on top of the folded paper. To prevent the crayon marks from streaking, pick up and set down the iron as you move it, rather than ironing it as you would a shirt. When you’re finished ironing it unfold the paper and then lay it flat to dry. Voila! A lovely picture!