Hatch Your Own Dinosaur Egg Adventure!
Hunting for dinosaur fossils, just like real-life palaeontologists, takes a lot of patience and a careful set of eyes. All dinosaurs hatched out of eggs, and palaeontologists today are continuously discovering information on how dinosaurs were born and how they grew up based on the organization of the eggs when they are found.
Take a good look at the dinosaur eggs on your adventure: are they grouped together like a Maiasauranest? Or are they on their own, as a single, individual egg? Is the nest well protected? What does that tell us about how these eggs, and later, hatchlings, were cared for? Consider all of these questions during your dinosaur egg adventure!
- Baking soda
- Food colouring
- Small plastic dinosaurs
- Baking sheet
- Spray bottle filled with vinegar
- Add the required amount of baking soda to a bowl that could completely cover a small plastic dinosaur toy.
- Add a few drops of food colouring, creating your rock colour.
- Slowly add water and mix. Continue to add more water until the mixture is damp and mold-able, but not too wet.
- Place some dough onto your hand and then lay a small plastic dinosaur on top. Cover the plastic dinosaur with more dough until it is completely covered.
- Use your hands to roll out an egg shape, keeping a rough texture.
- Let the dough dry overnight on a baking sheet. The dough will dry hard.
- When ready, an adult should place the “dinosaur egg” in a safe but hidden place in your garden or park, among some foliage.
- Grab your spray bottle of vinegar and go on an adventure for the dinosaur eggs. The vinegar spray will allow the eggs to slowly dissolve, revealing the hidden dinosaur within!
- Ideal for ages 5 and up.
- You may wish to use a magnifying glass to more closely examine the chemical reaction that occurs when the vinegar reacts to the baking soda, revealing your dinosaur.
- Maybe take a photo of the process and share it with us on Twitter @ROMKids!
Learn more about baby dinosaurs!
- ROMKids: Maiasaura- The Good Mother Lizard ROMKids: A Peek Into The Past: Massospondylus Embryos!
- ROMKids: Massospondylus Moms & Dinosaur Babies!
- Globe & Mail: Team led by ROM scientist unearths oldest dinosaur nursery
- ROM: Ancient Dinosaur Nursery: Oldest Nest Site Yet Found
- Wikipedia: Dinosaur Eggs
Guest Post Written by Kim Wong. Last update: September 10th, 2014.
#summerclub2014: Construction Adventures
Due to construction we’ve the lost the UofT/ROM shared driveway. Because of this we’re all spending much more time outside as we’re taking a longer walk to our break zones in Philosopher’s Walk.
Earlier on one of these adventures I took a shot of this flower. Cropping the image seems to turn the flower into an exploding sun of flame!
#summerclub2014: Do it yourself blue and white porcelain
- Get yourself a white ceramic plate.
- Then create a design with a blue sharpie.
- Set the ink to the plate by heating it in your oven for 30 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.
- After you’ll have yourself a masterpiece worthy of any fine dinnerware collection.
Made by 8 to 10 year olds in our Clay Cultures group.
Learn more about the history of blue and white porcelain, commonly known as “China” here.
Triceratops horridus, Late Cretaceous Royal Ontario Museum specimen reference
Check out this AWESOME Triceratops by @melachite!
I’m a big fan sketching in the Museum. With so many wonderful specimens and objects to draw, your options are endless.
Sketching at the Museum is so popular, we even have our own series on it! Check out the AMAZING Liz Butler and her series ‘Liz Butler Draws The ROM’! She’s covered bears, non avian and avian dinosaurs, big cats and mummified cats and more!
Liz Butler draws an Allosaurus!
- Stools can be found on B1 of the Museum. Feel free to use them (just bring them back when you’re done!) so you’re more comfortable while working.
- Canadian post-secondary students get into the Museum FREE on Tuesdays. This is great for all the OCAD and art majors out there.
- And hey, if you drop by the ROMKids Studio on B1, and we’re in, we’ll even hook you up with an eraser if you run out, and a sharpener if your favourite 9H pencil dulls.
Where the Brick Works meets the Museum
All ‘round the Museum, inside and out, you’ll notice these big pink signs displaying a little fact about our history. This one is my favourite. Our Head of Facilities likes to tell me that not only does the Museum hold artifacts and specimens but it is one itself with an important place in Toronto’s history.
I find new cool stuff every time I go
"Find new cool stuff every time" should be our new tagline.
I like to make cameo appearances with our film group ‘Lights, Camera, Action’! This shoot was for a PSA where I play a dude suffering from #selfieitus. I don’t take selfies on the regular so this role was a lot of fun to indulge in. To help make the scene authentic we actually took the pictures.
Here’s 1 of 27 from the shoot.