Story Time Art: The Great Eggscape!

Here is a book that is sure to be just as fun for you to read as it is for your child. The Great Eggscape! by Jory John and Pete Oswald is one of a number of books in a series by this author & illustrator duo that has taken the children’s lit world by storm. The illustrations are fantastic and engaging, while the stories are hilarious. And this one had us pulling out our watercolors to create eggs of our own inspired by the story… and we couldn’t make just one! ?


This book with its charming illustrations is one that my girls ask to read over and over. The characters are so cute, and it screamed art project from the very first time I opened the book.

A story that is full of laughter, adorable characters and features a wonderful message for kids to step out of their comfort zone and try something new is sure to be a winner.


Here is how we set up for this project:

This is what we used:

  • 9″ x 12″ watercolor paper (or regular white sulphite paper)
  • Card stock for printing the template
  • Egg template included in this project PREP SHEET
  • Watercolors (we used liquid watercolors)
  • Large round or chubby brush
  • Crayons or oil pastels
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Colored 9″ x 12″ paper for background
  • Watered down white or purple tempera paint for splattering
  • Toothbrush
  • White & black paper circles for eyes


  1. Trace egg template onto watercolor or white sulphite paper.

2. Draw scribbles or curvy lines with crayon or oil pastel onto the egg. Paint over the lines with watercolor to create a resist. (The wax will show through). *Encourage the kids to press down hard with the crayon so the lines will show better.

3. After the paint dries a little bit, splatter some liquid tempera paint over the watercolor.

4. Cut out the egg and glue to a colored paper background. Glue eyes & add a mouth, eye brows, eye lashes, glasses, etc.

5. Finish by drawing simple arms and legs with crayon.

Ta-da! ADORABLE eggs that were so easy and quick to make. My daughter had blast making these… probably why we couldn’t stop with just one.

If you enjoyed this book and/or story time project, please tag us on Instagram: @picturebooksandpeonies or #picturebooksandpeonies or comment below to let us know what you think!


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