How to make frozen dinosaur eggs to thrill your kids

Nestling in a bed of leaves, these frozen eggs will melt to reveal the dino figures inside. Wow! Here's how to make them (it's surprisingly simple)...

Dinosaur eggs discovery

Discovering a nest of frozen dinosaur eggs is a brilliant surprise for children to stumble upon.

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Mum Sarah Massey made the most amazing frozen-dinosaur-egg nest for her kids, 4-year-old Joshua and 3-year-old Jasmine – and she’s shared how to do it with us.

It was such a joy to see my kids' wee faces when they found them. My son is dinosaur-mad!
Sarah Massey, mum of Joshua, 4 and Jasmine, 3
Frozen dinosaur eggs looking
Pic: Sarah Massey

Here’s how to make frozen dinosaur eggs

What you’ll need:

  • Balloons
  • Toy dinosaurs
  • Leaves and branches
  • Eggshells (optional)

Here’s what to do:

  • Open the neck of each balloon and push in the toy dinosaurs
  • Fill the balloons to about 1/3 full with water and tie the ends
  • Put the balloons into the freezer overnight
  • In the morning, make a nest in your garden using leaves, branches and egg shells (to look like hatched eggs)
  • Take your balloons out of the freezer, snip off the knots and then peel off each balloon. The frozen water now looks like an egg containing a little dinosaur
  • Place the eggs on the nest for your children to discover when they go outside
Step by step making frozen dinosaur eggs

The next fun bit comes with the ‘hatching’ (aka melting) of the eggs to to reveal the dinosaurs inside. Your kids can use a bowl of warm water or they can squirt warm water from a bottle or meat baster to slowly melt away the frozen water.

Melting dinosaur eggs
Pic: Sarah Massey
  • Sarah Massey originally posted this idea on the fabulous Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas Facebook group before sharing it with us. You can order a new e-book, £1.99, of the group’s best ideas, edited by the group’s creator Claire Balkind with all profits going to Barnardo’s charity.
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