Bryanna and Ashley had been working hard making hatching dinosaur eggs for Nature Tots and had tried a couple of recipes to get the desired texture.

I went to the kitchen at the Dickinson County Nature Center and picked up their egg creations.

One felt quite firm, and I was impressed. I picked it up and squeezed it.

To my horror, it completely exploded under my grasp, and everything disintegrated.Photo of broken bath bomb eggs

 

I walked back to the naturalist offices and sheepishly told them what I had done.

“What color was it?” Bryanna asked.

“Purple,” I said.

“That’s OK. We didn’t like that recipe anyway.”

Phew!

After trial and error, this is the dinosaur egg concoction that kids will get to use during Nature Tots Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Photo of dino eggs

If you want to make your own hatching dinosaur egg, here is what you’ll need:

1/2 cup baking soda

1/4 tsp. liquid food coloring

2 Tbsp. citric acid

1 tsp. oil

Plastic Easter egg forms

In a large bowl, combine the baking soda and food coloring first. Next, add the citric acid and mix in oil a little at a time until the mixture begins to be able to be formed into a ball.

Once the mixture is holding together well, form an egg shape around a miniature dinosaur toy and then put it into a plastic Easter egg and close it.

Photo of easter eggs

Let the egg dry before removing it from the form.

Place the egg in water, and watch the magic take place!

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