The release of Jurassic World was a huge igniter for my eldest who must’ve watched said film about 40 times by now.
I thought to myself, maybe I could do a take on this but instead of for use in the bath, the kids could make their fizzes into Dinosaur eggs and then EGG-scavate the dinosaurs inside (see what I did there? Sorry…) using some Vinegar and digging tools.
These would be a fab craft idea for schools, pre-schools, childminders, kids bored during the school holidays or even as a birthday party activity!
So, here is what we came up with!
It was a most EGG-scellent adventure!
(Sorry, I will stop with the egg jokes now).
(makes 2 bath fizzes)
50g Bicarbonate of Soda
Some green food colouring, gel colouring is best.
Water – approximately 60ml but you may need more or less depending on how much colouring you put in/how wet/dry the mixture is.
2 small toy dinosaurs to hide inside the eggs
250ml White vinegar
A pair of rubber gloves
A plate or chopping board covered in cling film
A couple of old medicine syringes, like what you get in Nurofen or Calpol.
A couple of old Ice cream/plastic tubs
Some digging tools such as blunt dinner knives, or a knife from pumpkin carving set, this worked really well for us!
(If you’re making more eggs, just double/triple the ingredients and you’ll also need more toy dino’s to hide too)
1 – Place the Bicarbonate of Soda and green food colouring in a glass bowl and mix.
2 – Add some water, a little at a time and mix until the mixture begins coming together.
(DON’T ADD TOO MUCH WATER or the mixture will become too wet and won’t stick together. You want it wet enough to come together, but not so wet it won’t form a ball)
3 – Once the mixture begins sticking together, it is ready to begin shaping it around your toy dinosaur.
4 – Put your rubber gloves on.
5 – Place some of the mixture in the palm of your hand and flatten it a bit.
6 – Place the toy dinosaur in the middle of the flattened mixture.
7 – Take some more mixture and begin covering the toy dinosaur with it. Squish and squeeze the mixture around the dinosaur to cover it and make an egg shape.
8 – Place on a plate, or on a board covered in some cling film (to stop it getting dyed green) and repeat the process for your next egg.
9 – Once the eggs are complete, leave in a cool, dry place to completely dry out. This drying out process will take a few hours, and a minimum of 12, so it’s best to make them and leave them overnight. Once dried, transfer to an old ice cream tub for storage. They should keep for a long while in here.
10 – Once your eggs have dried out and you’re ready to use them, place one egg per child in a plastic container, an old ice cream container is perfect and find a suitable area (like the garden!) to hatch your eggs.
11 – Give each child an old nurofen/calpol syringe and let them suck up some of the white wine vinegar into it.
12 – Then, squirt the vinegar onto the dinosaur eggs and watch them fizz away! The more vinegar you use, the quicker the dinosaur will be revealed. Encourage your child to use their digging tools as well as squirting vinegar.
13 – Once the toy dinosaur has been revealed, dispose of the remaining egg mixture and clean the dinosaur up ready for them to play with.
Happy Egg-scavations Dino hunters!
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