National Dinosaur Day

Dinosaurs roamed our planet sixty-five million years ago and children are fascinated by these ancient creatures. Whether it’s because of their size, movie lore, or epic extinction, dinosaurs have always been popular among children. To celebrate International Dinosaur Day on June 1, we put together some Grab & Go kits for a fun dino egg experiment. The project is geared toward children in kindergarten through third grade, but older kids might find it fun as well.

The Experiment:

The kit includes a plastic dinosaur, a balloon, and instructions for how to create and hatch your own dinosaur! Around the house, you’ll need water and scissors. You might also like to use an ice-cube tray or newspaper.

First, stretch the top part of the balloon to help it expand. Place the plastic dinosaur inside the balloon and bring the balloon over to your sink. Next, stretch the end of the balloon over the mouth of the faucet and let the balloon fill up with cold water. If you don’t have balloons, you can fill an ice cube tray or disposable bowl with water instead, and put the dinosaur inside.

Place your frozen dinosaur eggs in the freezer for at least 24 hours or until they are completely frozen. When they’re ready, cut the top of the balloon and peel it off (or bend the ice cube tray.)

To further enhance this STEAM activity, use a spoon or a dropper to explore different ways of melting the Dino Egg. Here are some suggestions:

  • Lemon juice and water
  • Baking soda and water
  • Vinegar 
  • Hot water
  • Salt water
  • Leftover coffee grounds

Some questions to think about:

    • What solution do you think would melt the frozen dinosaur egg? Why?
    • Why don’t we see dinosaurs anymore?
    • What happened to dinosaurs?

Related Reading:

Fly Guy Presents: Dinosaurs by Tedd Arnold
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Want to learn about dinosaurs? Join Fly Guy and Buzz for a wonderful field trip to a natural history museum. Fun fact: did you know that dinosaurs’ big skulls helped them keep cool?

Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar! by Bob Barner
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Did you know that butterflies are as old as dinosaurs? Bob Barner presents a wonderful book that illustrates the history of butterflies and dinosaurs.

Dinos Don’t Do Yoga by Catherine Bailey
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Rex and his friends don’t think that they could do yoga… until they meet Yogasaurus. Can Rex and his friends slowly begin to become dino-yogis? Read to find out.

Dictionary of Dinosaurs edited by Dr. Mathew G. Baron and illustrated by Dieter Braun
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Do you love dinosaurs? Want to learn all you can about these magnificent creatures? Dictionary of Dinosaurs provides beautiful artwork, along with numerous facts about where dinosaurs roamed, what they ate, how tall they were, and when they lived. A terrific book for families and anyone who is fascinated by dinosaurs.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Marvel
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“Meet Lunella LaFayette, a super-genius nine-year-old fourth grader and amateur inventor who lives with her parents on Yancy Street in New York City…. She has no friends but finally makes a very, very unlikely friend, or at least ally, in the form of Devil Dinosaur…. It’s a great new series, and in terms of quality and content, maybe Marvel’s most new-reader friendly and best all-ages series.” –School Library Journal

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