In The Every-day book or The Guide To The Year there is a very interesting history of the colored Easter egg. I especially like the part about the eggs being played with my young boys in the grass or thrown. These boiled eggs were marked with tallow and then submerged into dyes to add the color or they were dyed and then the dye was scraped off to make the design. Names of children, along with their ages, was marked on the eggs and the eggs were then given to then as gifts for Easter. To begin the reading you will want to go to the bottom of the first page where the title reads, "Easter Eggs".