I searched for the perfect DIY Dinosaur Eggs Recipe for ages before I decided to make my own!
I don't know about you but my little preschoolers are dinosaur lovers. Everything needs to be dinosaur themed: dino eggs, dinosaur chicken nuggets, dinosaur fossils, and Jurassic park theme songs rule my life.
I knew I hit a winner with this really DOABLE dinosaur egg recipe...Dinosaur eggs filled with mini dinosaurs? Discovering dino fossils in the sand box? What more could a kid possibly want? All these activities make for fun, hands on learning experiences to do with your kids with items you likely have around the house.
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Grab these 5 ingredients and this simple recipe to make your dinosaur eggs!
It took a bit of experimenting to get my dinosaur egg recipe right, but out of our almost 167 days of being home in quarantine, this has been their favorite activity yet, so TOTALLY worth it. Revisited this after 254 days in quarantine, and yes, it's still their favorite...
Mama's Famous Dinosaur Egg Recipe (makes 9-10 dinosaur eggs):
1 Cup flour
1 Cup ground coffee
1 Cup kids play sand
1/2 Cup salt
3/4 Cup water
How to make the dinosaur eggs:
Using the recipe, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Add in the water slowly till you feel the mixture is able to stick together. Add more if necessary, but try not to make the eggs too wet.
Form the dinosaur eggs, placing your desired baby dinosaur inside and covering the toy completely with the mixture. We had enough for about 9 or 10 eggs.
Dry the eggs outside in the sun for two days or bake at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 70 minutes. Make sure not to leave plastic from the toy showing in the oven, and of course, don't place any toy inside the eggs that would be dangerous (like electronic figures).
Remove the dinosaur eggs from the oven and let cool.
You can really put anything inside. I've put fairies, unicorns, gem stones and any small treasures I can find as long as they're safely tucked inside when baking. Always use adult supervision when using the oven!
Playing Dinosaur Eggs!
Once I'd gotten the dinosaur eggs just right, I made a little nest of twigs and branches in the yard and surrounded the nest with the parent dinosaurs. Calling the girls to come outside, I urged them, "These dinosaurs need your help. Their eggs are about to hatch, but someone has stolen them and now they're all lost. Can you find all the dinosaurs, bring them back to their parents' nest, and help the eggs hatch to reveal what is inside?"
Once the kids found all the eggs, they had to determine which were the ones that were the true dinosaur eggs by hatching them. Some had jewels in them, some had fairies, and some were dinosaurs waiting to be reunited with their families.
Since then I've gotten lots more baby dinosaurs to use in the egg recipe, but really you can put any toy you want in there!
To break the eggs you can use anything: mallets, hammers, screwdrivers or even throw them on the ground. Practice safe tool use (we used plastic tools) under parent supervision.
For my youngest who is 1.5 years old, I would dunk the eggs into a little bowl of water to make them a bit softer and easier to break. My eldest was astounded each time she popped one open and of course, they had to insist that their dad step away from his work, so that he could join in on the fun.
See the Dinosaur Eggs Hatching in Action!
There is something so satisfying about watching these baby dinosaurs emerge from the eggs! I can't stop watching.
Are you ready to try my DIY dinosaur egg recipe? You will not regret it!