Sunday, 4 August 2013

dinosaur eggs

Making your own dinosaur eggs is a great way to get your little monsters involved in science and discovery and develop their small gross motor skills!
This is a great two part activity and can stretch over as many days as you want!
You need to make a batch of salt-dough (mud is optional!) They kids helped to mix the salt-dough and mud mixture and when it was ready, we showed them how to pack the mixture around the dinosaurs to create an egg.
 Depending on size (ours took a few days to dry, we ended up putting them in the oven on a very low heat for a few hours) leave to dry, but not too mush! You don’t want them rock hard. They need to be soft enough for the kids to break them open to discover the baby dinosaur!
Our little monsters kept going over to the eggs as they were drying and asking questions about them, which was a great way to interact with them and talk about, not only dinosaurs, but reptiles and eggs. 
When they're ready- have the kids find something in the garden to help crack open the eggs- it's amazing what they come back with!
Helping the eggs to hatch!

Cool Facts about Dinosaur Eggs to discuses with your little monsters-

Dinosaur fossils have been found on every continent of Earth, including Antarctica (Science Kids)
Some of the largest fossilized dinosaur eggs ever discovered were found in China in the mid 1990’s. The eggs are over 60cm (2ft) long and 20cm (8in) wide (Science Kids)

Billions of dinosaurs roamed the earth during the Mesozoic Era, laying literally trillions of eggs (10 Facts about Dinosaur Eggs)

Dinosaurs laid their eggs in nest and burrows (Enchanted Learning)

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