Children's Activity Book

About the Book

Pysanky on Paper
An Activity Book for Children

by Joan Brander

Richmond, BC
Baba's Beeswax, 1997

ISBN (10) 0968192203

Pysanky on Paper : An Activity Book for Children introduces the art of colorful Ukrainian pysanky eggs to children aged 2 to 12. The activities in the book teach symbolism, coloring, drawing, reading, writing, math and science through pysanky. It also includes activities, stories, puzzles, games, art projects and a bibliography.

About the Author

Pysanka expert and best-selling author Joan Brander is an artist, author, instructor and lecturer who is at the forefront of preserving one of the great traditions of all time. Since learning the age-old tradition that was passed down through the generations from her grandmother whom she called "Baba", she has been passionate about advancing the culture and history of pysanky. She loves sharing her skills and knowledge and has been teaching Ukrainian egg decorating to kids of all ages since 1991.

An ancient legend says that as long as pysanky are being made, evil shall not prevail over good in the world. Joan is committed to saving the world . . . . one pysanka at a time.

Select this link for her biography and accomplishments. Select our Contact Us link to contact or connect with her.


  • Pysanky are colorful and intriately designed Ukrainian Easter eggs. This activity book explains what pysanky are, what their designs mean, and how they were used historically. There are several beautiful examples of traditional designs, which children are encouraged to color or paint. There are also word puzzles, activities that incorproate reading, writing, science, and math; suggestions and techniques for dying Easter eggs; and games to play with colored eggs.

    Sturdy, informative, and fun to use, this would be a useful resource for primary-level teachers seeking material with Easter and/or Ukrainian themes. Recommended.
    (Deborah Dowson, Canadian Book Review, Children's Literative : Arts, Crafts, Collecting)

  • Congratulations for putting out such a wonderful Activity Book for Children about Pysanky!! It would have been nice to have something like that available when we were growing up. Lucky kids today!!! (Maria M. Rypan, bead artist and educator)

  • When I look at some of the publications that you have, the book, the manual, whatever, and I read it - as a teacher, I look at what you have put together, and I think "this is amazing" - this is amazing because those of us who are teachers and spend so much time learning how to be teachers, and how to write books, and how to write exams, and structure these things properly . . . you've put together educational materials which are quite profound. (Maria Moroz, teacher)

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