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.opens IMAGE file
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.”
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.
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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