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Frozen Dinosaur Excavation

This fun dinosaur ice egg excavation activity is perfect for your little palaeontologists-in-training. It combines the wonders of dinosaurs (and who doesn’t like dinosaurs) with discovery and science. Make some frozen fossils eggs and then watch as your kids excavate their dinosaurs from the eggs. So here you go our Frozen Dinosaur Excavation Activity for kids.

A hand holding a kids pippette dropping warm water on frozen egg shapes with toy dinosaurs hidden inside.

Dinosaur Ice Egg Excavation Activity

Dinosaurs have always been a favourite theme for my kids and their friends and this simple activity that takes just a little preparation from you is ideal for us within your home, garden or in your setting.

Excavating the eggs help to develop your little ones fine motor skills, they learn a little bit of Chemistry and you and they can learn much more about the fascinating prehistoric dinosaurs.

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Materials Needed for your frozen dinosaur Excavation

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  • Water balloons
  • Small toy dinosaurs
  • Pippette or similar
  • Small excavation tools suitable for children (e.g. little hammers, brushes and even a small spray bottle
  • Water

How to Make your Ice Eggs

Materials needed for making your dinosaur eggs from ice.

1. Open the balloon and place your small toy dinosaur inside it.

Placing a small toy dinosaur within the balloon to create a frozen dinosaur egg.

2. Then fill with water.

Water balloon filled with a toy dinosaur and water ready to go into the freezer.

3. Place the egg in the freezer and allow at least 4 to 5 hours (overnight is better) for the eggs to freeze.

Optional idea use food colouring or liquid water colours to conceal the dinosaurs within the ice. Dark purple and black seem to work the best.


Sample pictures of just 3 of the printable dinosaur activities and games available on the rainy day mum printable store.

Dinosaur Ice Fossil Excavation

Set up your fossil excavation area ready for your children, take care as, especially if indoors, this activity does get a little wet!I kept a set of towels to the side when I’ve carried this activity out inside but much prefer to do it in the garden.

Excavating a small triceratops from a frozen egg.

Then hand over the tools and watch they discover the dinosaurs within the ice eggs. Remember to supervise especially with sharp tools.

It can take a little time especially with really well frozen eggs so encourage your little ones to be patient as they watch the dinosaurs become exposed – remind them it’s just like real palaeologists, they can’t go quick as they would damage some of the dinosaur bones.

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As they discover the dinosaurs within the eggs it’s an ideal time to talk about the dinosaurs, what are they called, how would they have moved and what would they have eaten are just some of the things that you could learn about.

Using a dropper with warm water to slowly reveal a toy dinosaur inside a frozen egg shape. A fun science and play activity for kids.

Also take a moment to talk about the changes in the states of matter from ice to water – it’s melting an important concept that kids will develop further over time and revisit time and time again in science.

We love to pair activities with books and have a fantastic selection of books for both little kids and bigger kids as this activity is great for a wide range of ages.

Digging Up Dinosaurs

When my kids were younger I liked to pair this activity with any of our favourite dinosaur books (you can find out our recommendations of dinosaur books for toddlers and preschoolers) or specifically if we were looking at Palaeontologists then this book Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki which is a non-fiction book that you can read together all about the work of palaeontologists and dinosaurs.

Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
  • Aliki (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 11/01/1988 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)

Dinosaurs Before Dark

With slightly older kids I like combining this activity with reading through the first of the Magic Tree House books Dinosaurs Before Dark. This series is one of my favourites for my emergent readers and we have loved reading and creating activities around the themes of the books. In Dinosaurs Before Dark, we meet the two main characters for the first time Jack and Annie as they go on their first adventure to prehistoric times.

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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1)
  • Mary Pope Osborne (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 80 Pages – 07/28/1992 (Publication Date) – Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

If you would like to do similar – read the Magic Tree House Books together with your kids and do simple, easy and fun activities around the themes then why not subscribe to our newsletter and get ideas straight to your inbox for each of the books.

watercolour painted map that is a free printable to accompany the books from the Magic Tree House series

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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