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Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

Get the kiddos into the holiday spirit by creating their very own coffee filter Easter eggs! Using commonly-found household items, this fun activity will help little ones practice their fine motor skills while learning all about color and light.

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Cut, dip, dab and display!

These easy coffee filter Easter eggs are the perfect way to help children develop important skills while getting excited for the holidays. Kiddos will practice their fine motor skills by dipping items into colored water and painting their one-of-a-kind decorations. Then, hang the eggs so the children can proudly show off their creations!

🎨 Learn all about colors. Mix primary colors (red, yellow and blue) and watch as they turn into the secondary colors (green, orange and purple).

✂️ Fun any time of year! Cut the coffee filters into hearts, stars, flowers or other fun shapes for the children to paint any time.

🖌️ Choose your brushes. To get extra creative, offer the children different “brushes” like cotton swabs, cotton balls, eye droppers or other items to dip into the paint and add more detail to their eggs.


For this activity you will need:

Paper coffee filters


Food coloring child-safe paint

Small containers (e.g. yogurt cups)

Cotton swabs, cotton balls or eye droppers


(Optional) Waterproof placemat, garbage bag or newspaper

Learning Outcomes




Fine motor


Using pincer grasp to apply paint to the eggs.


Step 1:

If using your table or floor, protect the surface with a placemat, garbage bags or newspaper.

Step 2:

Cut out the shape of an Easter egg (oval) from your coffee filters. Avoid tearing the fragile paper by holding multiple filters together and cutting them simultaneously. 

Step 3:

Fill your yogurt cups with water, leaving enough space to stir them without spilling.

Step 4:

Place a few drops of food coloring or paint in the water and stir so the color is evenly mixed, using a 3:10 ratio of paint to water. Repeat for each color, using one color per container of water

Step 5:

Place the egg-shaped coffee filters and colored water containers in front of your child, along with a few “brushes” (cotton swabs, cotton balls or eye droppers).

Step 6:

Have the child dip the brushes into the paint containers and then dab them onto the eggs. If possible, use one brush per color to avoid mixing colors in the containers.

Step 7:

Leave the coffee filter to dry overnight. 

Step 8:

Once dry, cut or poke a small hole in the top of the coffee filter eggs. Feed a string through the eggs and hang them in a sunny window and watch how the light filters through them!

🧪 Experiment with white space. Encourage the children to only paint some parts of the eggs to leave white space on the eggs for even more interesting patterns.

✂️ Extend this activity for older children. Have the older kiddos cut the filters themselves with safety scissors into whatever shapes they choose!

Playful Questions

What is your favorite color?

What else can we use to put the color on the egg?

What colors have we not used yet?

What color do you think will happen if we mix (color 1) with (color 2)?

Where should we hang the eggs?

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