Dinosaur Easter Activity – Make your own Dinosaur Nests

Looking for something to do with your young dinosaur fans over the school holidays.  Here is a simple and fun recipe for dinosaur chocolate nests, an ideal activity for Easter time.

Dinosaur Chocolate Nests

Ingredients – (makes a batch of about 8 nests)

Plain or Milk cooking Chocolate 225 grammes (8oz)

Packet of Breakfast Cereal Cornflakes or Shredded Wheat variety

Packet of Sugar Coated Mini-chocolate Eggs

Pack of Small Cake Cases

Dinosaur Nests – a Great Easter Holiday Baking Activity

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Method

1.  Break the cooking chocolate into pieces and place in a heat-proof bowl.  Melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water.

2.  Once the chocolate has melted remove it from the heat and give it a good stir in the bowl.

3.  Add some of the breakfast cereal until the mixture takes on a a brown twiggy look.

4.  Carefully spoon enough of the mix into each paper case so that a little nest is formed.  Make sure you push it down in the middle so that each nest has a hollow in the centre

5.  Place two chocolate mini-eggs in the centre of each chocolate nest, the eggs will stick when the chocolate sets. Two eggs is all you need for each nest (we know that some dinosaurs laid eggs in pairs so your chocolate nests would please a palaeontologist).

6.  Then leave the nests to set.

There you are a set of lovely dinosaur themed nests, an ideal activity for young palaeontologists over the Easter holiday break.

For other baking ideas, recipes and for fun party items visit the section of the Everything Dinosaur website that deals with parties (dinosaur party): Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaurs and their Nests (a little bit of science for you)

Many nests of dinosaurs have been discovered, particularly over the last fifteen years or so with the discovery of Sauropod nesting sites in Argentina and Europe plus more evidence having been gathered from places such as the famous Flaming Cliffs area of Mongolia.

The first dinosaur eggs were discovered in 1859 (France). The first recognised dinosaur nests were uncovered by an American team of palaeontologists led by Roy Chapman Andrews during expeditions to Mongolia in the 1920s.  Over the last few years, scientists have been able to build up their knowledge about dinosaur reproduction and egg laying as egg-shell fragments, nests, and even fossils of unhatched baby dinosaurs inside eggs have been discovered.

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