This summer we had lots of fun doing summer camp at home with a neighbor family. The other mom and I took turns hosting all of the kids for a day of activity themed fun and we all had a blast! I planned camping themed activities for the first camp day at my house and decided dinosaurs would be perfect for the second.
One of the coolest things we did was dissolve dinosaur egg fossils. We started by reading the book Dinosaur Eggs by Susan H. Gray. The book explains how dinosaur egg fossils were formed and how scientists get to what is inside the eggs. We learned that scientists can use acid to dissolve the fossilized egg to uncover the baby dinosaur bones inside.
(If you click on the cover it will take you to an Amazon link, but the book is not for sale. Check your library for a copy, that’s were we found the one we used!)
The night before camp I made dinosaur egg fossils using a method I found at BellaOnline. I followed her general directions, tweaking it a little bit to make 6 dino eggs.
Here’s what I used:
2 cups of powdered lemonade mix
4 cups of baking soda
bottle of face astringent
Mix together 1 cup of lemonade mix and 2 cups of baking soda. Then lightly spray the mixture with the astringent. Don’t get it too wet or it will start to dissolve now, just wet it enough so that you can pack it together.
Then grab a handful and place it in the bottom of a small bowl and place a dino on top. Add more mixture on top and shape into an egg. This amount will make about 3 eggs. Once it’s done start over with the remaining ingredients.
During camp we read Dinosaur Eggs and then went into the kitchen to reenact the process. Everyone added a small cup of “acid” (warm water) to their egg and observed what happened.
This activity was a fantastic way for the kids to learn about fossils. I’ll share more of the activities we did next week so stay tuned for more dino fun!
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