Let Me Out! Dino Eggs

Why

What's hatching out of that egg? Research creatures that lay eggs.


Steps

1. Cover your work space with recycled newspaper. Tear recycled newspaper into narrow strips for paper maché.


2. Crumple a piece of recycled newspaper into a large egg-shaped ball.


3. Mix equal amounts of Crayola® School Glue and water in a bowl. Dip newspaper strips in glue-water mix. Run your fingers down each strip to remove the excess. Cover the crumpled newspaper with the wet strips, overlapping and smoothing as you go. Make at least three layers. Hang the paper maché-covered egg up to dry. This may take a day or longer.


4. With Crayola Washable Watercolor Paint and Paint Brushes, paint your dried paper egg. How could you camouflage the egg to keep it safe in the nest? Hang the painted egg up to dry.


5. Sculpt a dinosaur baby in proportion to the egg size Model Magic. Dry.


6. Create an opening in the egg that looks like your dinosaur just cracked its way out with Crayola Scissors. Remove the crumpled newspaper from inside. Place your dino baby in the egg so it looks like it is hatching.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Adaptations

  • Create a nest and its environment in which to display the eggs. How many eggs did dinosaurs typically lay? Where were nests located? How big were they?
  • Discuss theories about the extinction of dinosaurs, which probably occurred about 65 million years ago. Why do you think it happened? One current theory is that a meteorite collided with Earth. This created a cloud of dust that encircled the planet, blocking out the sun and drastically changing the temperature. Would dinosaurs have lived where you live? Why or why not?
  • Gather information about how the class can hatch chickens. Find homes for all of them before you proceed. Obtain fertilized eggs and an incubator, plus any other items needed. Record temperatures, sketch chicks as they hatch, and track their growth before they leave for their new homes.
  • Younger children and those with special needs might work best with partners while covering balloons with newspaper and paint. One holds the balloon for the other, then switch roles.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Washable Watercolors
  • Watercolor Brushes with Plastic Handle
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • paper towels
  • container(s) of water

Overview

grades

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students research the names and types of animals that lay eggs, such as birds and reptiles.

  • Children identify the characteristics of reptiles, and discover that dinosaurs were reptiles.

  • Students create a 3-dimensional display of a paper maché dinosaur egg and just-hatched baby dinosaur.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards