This is not a edible recipe, but more of a fun one. This recipe is great for little learners and also birthday parties. You will need to plan ahead for this recipe! It will take time to collect enough coffee grinds and it will also take time to dry these eggs. You will also need a few small plastic dinosaurs or other items you want to put inside your egg.
For this recipe, you need sand, coffee grinds, flour, salt and water. I set out the ingredients and let my son mix them all up.
Mix all the dry ingredients first.
Then add your water a little at a time. You want the dough to stick together but not be too sticky since it will take longer for the dough to dry.
Now its time to build your eggs.
I made a disks of dough and placed a dinosaur in each.
Then add a little more on top and then form the dough into an oval shaped egg.
When I was making these, I realized that you need a lot of dough to cover the dinosaurs nicely. So I recommend small dinosaurs.
Now leave the eggs somewhere to dry for a couple days. After a few days, turn the eggs over to dry the under sides. I found that even though I left these eggs for over a week, the insides never got fully dried.
I stored these away and allowed my son to crack one or two every couple days.
The first time he cracked them, it was hard and didn’t break easily. I think it was because the insides were so sticky. The original recipe I got this from did bake the eggs for a couple hours, but I didn’t really want to do that.
Once the outside of the egg cracks, you can start tearing the eggs apart.
The insides are still a little sticky and you will need to give the dinos a little wash. But overall these were fun to make and break.
Next time I think I would add a little more sand or coffee grinds so that it was a little more crumbly. Hope you enjoy these with your kiddos.
- 1 cup coffee grinds
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/4 cup sand
- 1/4 cup water
- small dinosaurs or items (8-10)
Combine all dry ingredients together. Slowly add some water. Make sure that the dough forms together but is not too sticky. Wrap each dinosaur in dough. Make sure each one is covered. The larger the dinosaur, the more dough you need. I think I was able to cover 8 dinosaurs. Allow to dry for a couple days, flipping over once. Even after a couple days, these eggs did not dry fully. But they still worked. Break the dry eggs with a hammer.
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