Homemade Fizzling Easter DINOSAUR and Bird Eggs!


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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Watch the colorful foam grow!

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In the end, we dumped the foamy mixture down our kitchen sink. Acted as a drain cleaner!

Bonus 😉

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!

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St Patrick’s Day Arts and Craft


We’ve been BUSY! Lots of art projects, messy plays, exploring, and outdoors fun on sunny days.

I finally have some quiet time (fingers crossed the neighbors moving house doesn’t wake the kids!) to do some blogging.

St Paddy’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century. The Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol was lifted for such occasion. Thus, creating an ever so popular holiday’s tradition of drinking or BATHING in alcohol!

We visited Target the other day to get some GREEN gear. It’s our first year celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Dublin….California! Apparently it’s quite big here for obvious (name-sake) reasons! The weekend before St Paddy’s Day is going to be huge. Performances, parade, Fun Run, markets, green pancakes and beer served…just to name a few. For more information, go to Dublin’s official website!


To get the kids into the spirit, I’ve been showing them pictures of rainbows with pot of gold, little green leprochauns, clovers, shamrocks, and all things green! I’ve also shown them clips of, bagpipe music, Celtic music, and Irish dance. Ahhh really put me in the mood of having me pint of green ale! If only Mummy and Daddy can be two sheets to the wind by the end of all the celebrations!

Puffy Paint (Abstract??) Shamrocks

I made some green and gold puffy paint to do some puffy paint stamping and painting. Recipe can be found in my previous blog: Homemade Puffy Paint

I gave them Q-tips, eye droppers, and an empty bottle as their painting tools. Lots of fun! I used cleaned yogurt containers to mix/hold our paint.


Using a bottle top to stamp shamrocks:


Using eye droppers to make pretty splatters:


Q-tips are inexpensive and easy for little hands to use:

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Look at J’s 3 Q-tip techniques! Love how inventive he is!


After they are done, pop them in the microwave (place a piece of paper towel underneath to absorb excess liquid) for 30 seconds and voila!


Mosaic Shamrocks

The kids love gluing. Any chance to get messy right? I drew up some not-so-pretty shamrocks out of green permanent markers and cut up some green tiles from paint sample cards. Then here’s the cool bit, I put a couple drops of food coloring and water in our Elmer’s glue to color it and to thin it out a bit. The kids LOVED “painting” the shamrocks with the green glue.

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Then they placed pieces of green tiles onto their shamrocks:

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Aren’t they pretty??

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Homemade Puffy Paint – using microwave


I’ve seen a post by one of my favourite sites Happy Hooligans where they made puffy paint out of flour!

The ingredients are simple and toddler friendly. Here is their recipe:

  • 1 Tbsp Self Rising Flour
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • Food coloring
  • A little bit of water (start with 1/4 tsp)

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Mix everything together till it is like stirred yogurt consistency. Not thick and not too watery. I personally found for that amount of flour and salt, 3 teaspoons and about 1-2 more 1/4 tsp till you get the right texture. Keep in mind you may need to add a couple of drops of water as you go because the mixture tends to dry and become more solid making it more difficult to paint.

The Hooligans used cotton swabs. Great idea! Our little Gnomes used paintbrushes. In retrospect, cotton swabs might be better as it keeps the paint thicker and easier to puff up when you microwave it. The paintbrushes encouraged our kids to spread the paint out more.

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Even I got into it!

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When you’re ready to puff up your painting, simply put your painting in the microwave for 30 seconds! I recommend placing a piece of paper towel underneath your painting. It helps absorb some of the excess water from your paint. Keeps your microwave clean too.


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We love the way it feels!!


Fun with Daddy’s Shaving Cream! Foam Art Sensory Play

I’ve been looking into some sensory play with materials we have around the house. I recall seeing a few Blogs using shaving cream.

1: Shaving Cream Finger Painting on Aluminum Foil 



  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Fingers
  • Lots of wipes for cleaning up!

Just be extra cautious! I was going to use popsicle sicks because food coloring stains but I knew the kids won’t care for that! So straight into finger painting! What’s a bit of stained fingers for loads of fun??

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Shaving Cream Foam Paint


To continue our fun with shaving cream, I thought we’d try to make foam paint  out of shaving cream. Unsure how it will turn out and what the exact recipe is, we’ve made a foam paint sampler!

I loosely followed a recipe from Meaningful Mama

  • 3/4 cup shaving cream
  • 1/4 cup Elmer’s glue
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • food coloring

She tried a few different recipes to work out her favourite. I suggest you do the same! I found the recipe above was a bit thick so I just added more shaving cream till it was the consistency I wanted for the grommies.


I put about 1-2 drops of food coloring in each small zip bags and then added the foam mixture in to mix with my hands.

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Snip a little hole in one of the corners of each bag to use it like a piping bag!


Then we used little cotton swaps (Q-tips) to paint. Watch out! The little ones won’t be able to resist FINGER painting and putting the glue mixture all over their faces! Make sure you have your wipes ready.

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I think next time…we might try making puffy paint that you can microwave!