As some of our readers already know, our kids are big dinosaur fans. They both love the excavation kits they have at kids toy shops. J has been super obsessed with eggs lately. I guess if you think about it. It’s pretty magical to a child. Such a pretty, fragile, yet sturdy thing can possibly hatch into a little creature such as a bird, lizard, or FLYING REPTILE! Not to mention it’s quite nice as breakfast 😀
To make the fizzling dinosaur / bird eggs, I used the following ingredients:
- 1 cup bicarb aka baking soda (keep it handy in case you need more)
- 1/4 cup corn meal (to add grainy texture. Some site suggest instant coffee but I didn’t want my eggs to look brown)
- 1 tsp dish detergent (make EXTRA bubbles)
- 1 tbsp conditioner (I had apple scented ones yum)
- water (if necessary)
- food coloring (gel if you want it to have a marble affect)
- small dinosaur and/or bird figurines
After you mix all (not food coloring and the figurine!) the ingredients together in a large bowl, see how you like the texture. You don’t want it too crumbly or it will be hard to mold and hold the shape. You will need to add a touch of water if that’s the case. If it’s too wet, then add more baking soda and corn meal.
Then I take a small handful out of the mixing bowl and into a smaller bowl to create one egg. I flatten it slightly and add a drop of each color I wanted. I used colors similar to the creature I’m placing inside the egg. Then i start mixed each color separately and then together. Get ready to have rainbow colored hands! Wear a glove if you prefer.
MAKE SURE you wash your hands and dry then between each egg so there’s no color transference!
If you don’t have gel coloring, normal food coloring works too but it will be a more even color instead of marble. I tried that with one of the eggs and that’s what happened.
After I’m happy with the coloring of my egg shells, I flatten out my dough like a fat, oval pancake and place my creature in the middle long ways (think egg shape). I can’t remember which dinosaur this is…
Then I fold and mold the dough around my creature. This one below is a kookaburra 🙂
Keep molding and molding making sure it’s completely covered and nothing is poking out. Add a bit more dough from your main stash if you need to. Shape it like an egg with your hands. Place your completed eggs on a baking sheet and place it in a dry spot to harden overnight. My perfect location had been above the fridge for many projects. It’s also a good spot to hide from my little gnomes with their gnome-heights.
If your dough is a little more damp, it will take a little longer to dry. Just have a feel.
Tada! Aren’t they pretty?? The pastel colors are very Easter-esque!
Easter Egg Hunt!
Here comes the fun part with the kiddies!
While my husband distracts the gnomes, I went and hid the eggs in the family room (pretty easy locations for little tots). As it can get a bit powdery, you may want to keep the eggs off furniture that is hard to clean off of.
After finding their eggs, they brought it out onto the balcony where I had a plastic tray and some tools ready for them to excavate!
The eggs are pretty easy to break open and they loved feeling the sandy texture. We use spray bottles filled with vinegar to make them EXPLODE!
Watch the colorful foam grow!
In the end, we dumped the foamy mixture down our kitchen sink. Acted as a drain cleaner!
Then N surprised me and found the book in which the little dinosaur figurines came from and was pointing at the baby dinos hatching from eggs!