This is what the looks on my Tias' faces were asking as well as quite a few of the boys when I proposed coloring eggs tonight after dinner. Food coloring is not something people are familiar with here, except perhaps people who make frosting for cakes. When I thought to use that as an example of how it's safe to eat things with food coloring, they understood and it put them at ease. Before that, I'm not sure they were going for it!
The boys thought it was so cool to see the shells such pretty colors. And once they got over their hesitation, they loved seeing the little bits of color that had seeped onto their egg. One brave soul dunked his shelled egg right into the red water!
I LOVE helping the boys experience things for the first time! Sometimes I struggle a bit when I introduce something different from what is cultural for them. But I also think, in the US for example, most people want their kids exposed to things outside their culture (and comfort zone) as well so isn't that just a fairly normal thing? Anyway, I think it's fun for them to learn and discover things they've never known of before. Honestly, it happens nearly as often for the Tias as well, which is just as fun.
Little Joao was just thrilled with how his egg turned out. He didn't want to open it in fact! But eventually the yummy-ness of the egg won out over it's beauty!
If you haven't dyed eggs in a while, I suggest you pull out some food coloring and have some fun! You might be surprised how much fun you have!