Dinosaur eggs filled with mini dinosaurs? What more could a kid possibly want? The recipe is so easy you could make these with your kids, or you could surprise them by having them discover and search for the eggs on their own. Dinosaur eggs can be filled with mini dinosaurs or any small item like treasure, beads, or other mini figures.
Like Father Like Daughter: Dino Lovers Unite!
My father-in-law kept all my husband's most treasured childhood dinosaur toys in his home in Connecticut for nearly 25 years. When we told him we were having a little one back in 2015, he was delighted that he could finally pass off these beloved toys to us. I remember him bringing them across the country to our home in California. If I didn't know how obsessed my husband was with dinosaurs before, I definitely learned then as he took each one out of the dusty bin and recalled its very obscure and extraordinarily long name. I was hopeful then, that our kids would love dinosaurs and they certainly do!
Quarantine Dinosaur Fun:
The girls have been especially excited to play with the dinosaurs during our many weeks in quarantine, and also, they've been very into playing babies. Everything has a baby or is a baby, and these dinosaurs needed a baby. I had to make these simple and super fun dinosaur eggs to surprise them one afternoon. It took a bit of experimenting to get the recipe right, but out of our almost 90 days of being home in quarantine, this has been their favorite activity yet, so TOTALLY worth it.
Once I'd gotten the dinosaur eggs just right, I made a little next 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?" To be honest, I sort of wished they weren't jumping up and down with excitement, because I really wanted to go "hatch" all these eggs myself...
Once the girls 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.
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.
The 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 eggs, placing your desired mini toy 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 eggs from the oven and let cool.
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