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Last month I shared this as part of the Summer Fun with Kids Series. Well, summer is definitely coming to an end quickly, so I wanted to share this kid friendly activity here, before the season was gone.
We visited a dinosaur exhibit last month that has been the highlight of our summer, my son is “roaring” at everything now. We saw a version of these eggs in the gift shop that day, but at $8 for something that would be crushed to smithereens in minutes didn’t seem like a wise investment. The little Mister’s Grandma and I decide it best to buy a $5 bag of little dinosaurs and try to make the eggs ourselves. When we returned home she quickly came up with this recipe that has been a very special summer activity for our little guy.
Of course for my son, these are dinosaur eggs, but really they can be used to hid any kind of treasure that your child might find exciting.
What you need:
- 1 1/4 cup of dirt
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 3/4 cups of salt
- 1/2 cups of sand
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- About 1 cup of water
- Combine all of your dry ingredient into a bowl.
- Add water slowly. It took a cup of water for this batch, but it could vary slightly. You want the mixture to be just moist enough that when you squeeze it in your hand it sticks together.
- Form the mixture around the dinosaur and lay on a pan to dry.
- Dry in the sun for 24hrs.
- After they are dry you can hide them in a sandbox or throughout your yard for some additional fun.
- Use whatever tools you have on hand to chisel at the eggs and crack them open. They will be hard, so it will take hitting it a few times to get the dinosaur free.
I hope you will have a wonderful time making and then destroying these little eggs.
Do you have any summer projects still planned for this year?
Linking to these parties: The Craftastic Link Party/ Sweet Sharing Monday/ Inspiration Exchange/ Whimsy Wednesdays/ Wow Me Wednesday / We Made that Linky/ Ultimate Sensory Play Party/ Wicked Good Wednesday
Angela @Little Blue's Room
These are awesome! I have a friend that just celebrated her youngest son’s birthday with a dinosaur theme party and these would have been perfect for the dinosaur hunt. I’ll certainly have to keep this for my preschool class.
Very Clever. I love it.
Have an awesome time!
Sparkles and Shoes
I really need to try this out one of these days. I bet Jack would love them.
This is so great! I wish I had a baby boy to try this.
My daughter is really into dinosaurs lately and she would love this! I would love for you to share this on our Kids Linky http://wemadethat.blogspot.com/2013/08/we-made-that-linky-50.html
Thank you Tracey! Linked up.
So awesome and cool looking. We are actually doing dinosaurs this week! I have a new Wednesday Sensory Play linky party I am starting. I would love for you to stop by and share this!
Thank you Sarah. I will go check it out now.
These are super fun. We did something similar at school and the third graders LOVED it.
Christie - Food Done Light
What a fantastic craft for kids. This would be great for a birthday party too!
That is a great idea, Christie. I could definitely see that being a big hit.
Lisa@ Cooking with Curls
OMG…those are so cute! I wish I had little kids to make them for 🙂
Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life
OK, totally love this! Featured at Wicked Good Wednesdays today. Thanks so much for sharing Brenna!
Thank you so much for the feature, Rachel!
I hope to try to make something like this out of soap. Thanks for the idea.
I’ve just made a batch of these and can’t wait to see how they turn out. They were soooooo much fun to make and even felt nice to make. Testing them out on my 7/8 year old class on friday. I want the activity to last a while so I’m not sure how to get the children to open them yet without being too fast or too dangerous. Any tips? Thank you so much for posting and sharing this activity.
Maybe plastic utensils? I am not sure. I could see my son banging it on the table to get into it faster, so I would try to stress that he is an archaeologist and he has to be very careful with what he is trying to uncover. Good Luck.