Hatching Dinosaur Eggs
The ultimate little dinosaur lovers activity - dinosaur egg hunts - with "real" hatching dinosaurs. Little plastic dinosaurs can be inexpensively purchased from party supply stores or online, making this not only an easy project - but a frugal one as well. Hide your eggs in a sand box, in a dinosaur nest made from shredded paper in a kiddie pool, or around the house or garden for the ultimate prehistoric egg hunt
- 1 cup Salt
- 1 cup Water
- 1/4 Cup Sand (Optional)
- 2 Cups + 1/2 Cup of Flour,
- 2 cups Coffee Grounds
- Greaseproof Paper Lined Baking Tray
- Paint (Optional)
- Small Plastic Dinosaurs
- Preheat Oven to 250 degrees.
- Mix the Coffee Grounds, Water, 2 Cups of Flour and salt in a large mixing bowl
- If desired, add the sand to the mixture - this will make the eggs more grainy in texture which is fun - but by no means essential. You can also add a small amount of paint to the mixture (1-2 tablespoons) if you would like to add some color to the eggs.
- Form a small amount of the mixture into a ball and flatten into a disc. Place a dinosaur into the middle and shape the mixture around the dinosaur until it is completely covered and the mixture is formed into an approximate egg shape.
- Place the remaining 1/4 cup of flour into a bowl and roll the egg that you have just formed in it.
- Place on the baking tray
- Continue until all the dinosaurs have been formed into eggs.
- Bake the eggs in the oven for 40 minutes. Then turn the eggs, and return to the oven for another 40 minutes.
- remove from the oven and allow to cool. Ideally the eggs should then be left for at least 24 hours before being used to ensure that they are hardened
- Hide the eggs for the children to find. A great way to do this is to bury them in a sand box or even in a large container of potting soil. or you can hide them around the house or garden.
- Children should be able to simply break these apart. But it is also fun to use "tools" to try to open them - such as play hammers - or real hammers, with supervision of course.
- Most coffee shops are more than happy to let you have their used coffee grounds which saves you having to drink a lot of coffee before you can do this project!