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Remember a couple weeks ago when I showed you our sensory shark activity, well I think the kids enjoyed this one even more! We’re focusing about dinosaurs all week in my Facebook group so I thought I’d include a fun dinosaur game.
What You’ll Need for this Dinosaur Game
Part of what makes this so fun is that it’s cheap, easy, and you probably have most of these things at home already!
- Plastic dinosaurs (Here are the ones we used.)
- Baking soda – several cups
- Liquid food coloring (we tried gel and that did not work)
- Cookie sheet
- Droppers / Syringes / Turkey Baster
Anyone who knows me know that I’m not much of a measurer. I’ve been known to start a recipe only to get halfway through and realize I’m missing a key ingredient. The “measurements” below are going to be estimates, but these are dinosaur eggs for kids, so let’s not stress.
In a large bowl, dump in a bunch of baking soda. Then add about 20-30 drops of food coloring. Like I said, we don’t measure precisely here. Slowly mix in water until it turns into a nice, mushy, consistency.
Oh, I see you’ve added too much water. GASP! Just kidding. That’s the beauty of this. You can’t mess it up. Just add more baking soda!
Once it’s at a point where you can hold it in your hands, you’re going to start making your eggs. Put some of the mixture in the palm of your hand, then place your dinosaur on top. (I don’t know why I bought skeleton ones because that doesn’t make much sense coming out of an egg, but it’s fine. These are children we’re talking about. Hopefully they won’t notice.) Cover that sucker up and there you have yourself a nice dinosaur egg.
The food coloring WILL stain your hands. It sure will, but it’ll be OK. It fades quickly-ish.
Line them all up on a foil-wrapped cookie sheet and let them dry overnight. This first part is not very messy at all. I was feeling pretty happy with myself right about now.
Now on to Hatching the Dinosaur Eggs…
I knew this was going to get messy so we went outside. Luckily, it wasn’t as hot as our last activity!
To “hatch” the eggs in this dinosaur game, you just need to get the vinegar to get on the eggs somehow. You could do that with a spray bottle, turkey baster, medicine syringe, spoon, or poring it straight from the bottle. The vinegar and baking soda react (because science) and voila, your kids are entertained for a good 30-45 minutes.
To make this into a dinosaur game, you could race to see who could hatch their dinosaur eggs first!
Once your dinosaurs have hatched, pull out a book and see if you can identify what each kind of dinosaur is called. Need some dinosaur book recommendations? Here are a TON of dinosaur books for all ages!
We came out of the first part of this activity relatively unscathed, but then the second part happened. It does get pretty messy with all of the vinegar. I would recommend doing this activity on a surface that can be hosed down. If that’s not possible, what about trying it in the sink or bathtub?