I stumbled upon Easter Bugs: A Springtime Pop-up by David A Carter when I was online looking for Easter books for homeschooling. We ended up loving this book because it is a pop-up with a lot of interaction and some pretty cool eggs. Even though it says “Easter” in the title, don’t let that prevent you from buying it at other times during the year.
Each page in the book has a colorful, interactive egg where you pull, touch, open and more. My daughter’s favorite part is the end, where there is a cool pop-up basket with all of the interactive eggs. I foresee this book being a favorite for years to come.
To pair up with the “Easter Bugs” book we made–what else?–bug eggs!
Bug Eggs | ‘Easter Bugs: A Springtime Pop-up’ by David A Carter
- 1 dozen white eggs
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 T mustard
- 1 T sweet relish
- Salt and pepper
- Garnish and decorating items: Food coloring, decorating marker, black olives, spinach leaves, toothpicks.
- Boil the eggs, cool and peel.
- On the bottom (larger part of the eggs) cut a thin slice so that the eggs can stand up on their own. Reserve the sliced off egg to make wings.
- Cut top off of each egg about 1/4 way down egg. Reserve top. Scoop out yolk and reserve.
- Put eggs whites into separate into dishes and cover with food coloring until you get the desired color for your "bug" egg. (We used yellow for the bee and purple for the butterfly.) Remove eggs and stand up on a platter to dry.
- To make deviled egg filing: Add yolks, mayonnaise, mustard, relish and salt and pepper to taste. Mash ingredients until well mixed. Fill eggs with filling and then decorate as desired.
To Make the Bee: Color white of cooked egg with yellow food coloring by placing egg in a dish and then squirting with food coloring. Use a spoon to move the egg around so that it is completely covered. Be sure to color the top also. Fill the egg with filling and place sliced egg “hat” on top. Use white curved toothpicks to make antennae. Draw the bee stripes on with a food decorating marker. Slice pieces of black olives for eyes. Use the egg white pieces sliced from the bottom of the eggs to make bee wings by simply spreading them with part of the yolk filling and then sticking them on the back.
To Make the Butterfly: Color the white of the cooked egg with any bright food coloring you want. (We used purple.) Use a spoon to move the egg around so that it is completely covered. Be sure to color the top also. Fill the egg with filling just to the top and place sliced egg “hat” on top so that it covers the yellow filling. Use white curved toothpicks to make antennae and “tongue.” Use two small spinach leaves as wings, affixing them to the back of the egg with some extra filling. Slice pieces of black olives for eyes.
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