Since the dawn of time, kids have been fascinated with dinosaurs. Although you can buy pricy dinosaur eggs for kids to excavate with a small chisel, it's just as easy to make them in about 30 to 40 minutes. This craft project is suitable for kids age 4 and up.
The age and time guidelines listed above are estimates. This dinosaur egg craft can be modified to suit other ages and may take a little more time if you alter the craft to fit your needs. This recipe creates enough dough for a small group of children to make a few dinosaur eggs. Of course, the bigger the kids make their eggs, the fewer eggs you will get out of the dough.
- Miniature plastic dinosaurs
- 2 cups of dirt
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 cups of sand
- 1 cup of salt
- 3/4 cup of water
- Old T-shirt
- Ask your kids to go put on an old T-shirt, apron, or smock, so that they don't get their good clothes dirty.
- Measure and pour 2 cups of dirt from the yard, 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of sand, and 1 cup of salt in a large mixing bowl. Give these ingredients a little stir before continuing.
- Add the water to the mixing bowl slowly, working the dough with your hands until it is moldable. You don't want the dough to be too wet.
- Each child will need to select one miniature plastic dinosaur to live in the center of their egg.
- Place some of the dough around the plastic dinosaur until you can no longer see the dinosaur. Add enough dough to form the shape of an egg.
- Set the dinosaur eggs aside for four days, so that they have time to completely dry out.
- Give your kids a few paints and a paintbrush and allow them to paint their dinosaur eggs.
- Set the eggs aside until the paint dries.
- Play with the dinosaur eggs until you are ready to excavate the dinosaur from the egg.
- Excavation can be accomplished with a spoon, small hammer, or by using a screwdriver as a chisel-type device. Younger children may need the assistance of a parent or older sibling for this step. Spray the eggs with vinegar to make the shell dissolve a bit more easily.
- Lay down newspaper sheets or old supermarket flyers over your workspace area to make clean-up a breeze.
- Instead of painting the dinosaur eggs after they dry, you can add a few drops of food coloring to the dough to make a colorful egg.
- Instead of drying the egg for four days, bake it in a low oven until it's dry.
- Substitute coffee grinds for the dirt if you'd rather not dig up your yard.
- Use this recipe to conceal a special toy or gift for one of your children. You don't have to mold it into the shape of an egg; it can just be a fun way to retrieve a birthday or special occasion gift.