Excavate dinosaurs from ice eggs!
We did this fun dinosaur activity to help use up some of the boys’ restless energy the week before baby sister was born, and it worked really well. Simple set-up, not a lot of mess, and they were calm and busy for a good 40 minutes!
To make them, I put Safari Toob dinosaurs inside balloons. My husband (with his stronger fingers) held the mouth of each balloon open, while I stuffed a dinosaur in. Then we filled the balloons with water and tied them off.
I froze the balloons overnight on a cookie sheet to keep them from getting lines in them from the freezer racks.
To play with them, I cut the balloons off of the ice eggs. Then I put the eggs in plastic tubs and gave the boys water droppers and warm water (in cups) for melting the eggs and getting the dinosaurs out. Using the water droppers was a really engaging activity for Gresham and Owen (7 and 4).
Jonathan (2) didn’t understand how to load the dropper, but he had fun investigating the ice and squirting with the dropper when someone else loaded it for him!
We did this activity on a cold day, but it would be perfect to do outside in better weather! It was fine inside – we just had to dry off the counter when they were done. 🙂
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