We are excited to be participating in another Read and Play Blog Hop. We have teamed up with bloggers from around the world to share activities and crafts based on our favourite Valentine picture books. Adam currently loves the “How Do Dinosaurs..?” series by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. “How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?” is one book that makes an appearance most days.
The story explains to children that their parents love them all of the time, even if they are moody or naughty. So how does a Dinosaur say, “I love you”? I thought it would be fun to hide a Love Heart sweet in a dinosaurs egg for Adam and Beth to discover. So I created Love Hearts dinosaur eggs.
I created the dinosaur eggs by mixing four scoops of Bicarbonate of Soda with one scoop of coloured water. Once the mixture felt like wet sand I moulded it to look like a dinosaur egg. I pushed a Giant Love Heart sweet (affiliate link) into the middle and made sure it was covered up. I left the dinosaur eggs to dry over night.
The next day the dinosaurs came to play. With them they brought a Love Heart Tin (affiliate link) to hold the dinosaur egg, a syringe and a small container of vinegar. After our Coloured Rain Clouds activity Adam knew straight away what to do with the syringe and immediately started to squirt the vinegar over the dinosaur egg.
Adam was fascinated by the reaction of the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. He kept shouting “bubbles!” It didn’t take long for him to find the Love Heart inside. Unfortunately I hadn’t considered that the vinegar could also react to the Love Heart sweet. The letters on the Love Hearts had dissolved.
However, in one of the dinosaur eggs I placed a plastic red heart button inside instead of a Love Heart. For that egg Adam decided to stomp his dinosaur over it. This broke the egg into pieces and he poured them into the container of vinegar. You can imagine his excitement to the bubbles!
For the next 20 minutes Adam and Beth explored the resources, transferred the vinegar into different containers and fed their dinosaurs. Love Hearts Dinosaur Eggs were certainly a hit with these two toddlers. The only down side – I still have the smell of vinegar up my nose!
* Bicarbonate of soda
* Food colouring – we used Wilton Food Colouring (affiliate link)
* Container to store the vinegar and dinosaur egg – we use a Love Heart Tin (affiliate link)
* Giant Love Heart sweets or heart shaped buttons
* How do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Adam was 2 years and 8 months old.
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