Dinosaur eggs (2 - 3 year olds)

Become a scientist and discover frozen dinosaur eggs!

Home Learning

What to do

Fill balloons with water, add the dinosaur into the balloon and tie the end up. Once you have made a few, pop them into the freezer. This is part of the process with the children, explain that the liquid is going into the freezer, and will turn into something different; ice! Once the ‘eggs’ are frozen (usually overnight to know they are fully frozen), you can take them out and cut the top of the balloon and get the dinosaur egg! Using a plastic tray or a container, your child can begin to explore the dinosaur egg. Depending on the age of the child, you can begin a conversation about how you can melt the ice and get the dinosaur out fast. If you have food colouring you can create different coloured eggs, and you can also put different animals or objects into the ice. The activity is very versatile, you can use objects in the ice to explore fine motor, dinosaurs or animals to explore scientific concepts and colour to explore colour and change and mixing colours to watch change.

Playing with frozen dinosaur eggs

Learning outcomes

  • Enjoys playing with small-world models such as a farm, a garage, or a train track.
  • Notices detailed features of objects in their environment:
    • Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world.
    • Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.
    • Talks about why things happen and how things work.
    • Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
    • Learns new words very rapidly and is able to use them in communicating.
    • Uses gestures, sometimes with limited talk, e.g. reaches toward toy, saying ‘I have it’.
    • Uses a variety of questions (e.g. what, where, who).
    • Uses simple sentences (e.g.’Mummy gonna work.’)

Keys words

  • see
  • change
  • observe
  • melt
  • dinosaur
  • ice
  • water
  • col
  • feel
  • frozen

Discuss with your child

  • What can you feel?
  • What can you see?
  • How can we get the dinosaur out?
  • How does the ice feel?
  • Where should we put the water to freeze?
  • Can you help the dinosaur get out the ice?
  • How does it feel on your fingers?