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February 6, 2013

Dinosaur Eggs

Dino Eggs 009This dinosaur egg recipe comes from one of our very own faculty members, Alison Getchell, a Preschool teacher from the Lancaster Center.

She remarked on how fascinated students are by the realistic mud-like appearance and rubbery texture. She also likes to crack a few open towards the end of the week while children are napping and watch their reactions when they discover the ‘hatched eggs!’ Where are the dinosaurs!?


  • Eggs
  • (Black Tea) Tea Bags
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg (optional)
  • Allspice (optional)
  • Cloves (optional)
  • Green Food Coloring or Green Easter Egg Coloring (optional)
  • Vinegar (optional)


  1. Hard boil eggs.
  2. Gently crack eggs evenly but do not peel. Shells should remain on the eggs.
  3. Soak eggs in hot water with 2-3 tea bags. Add a sprinkling of cinnamon (and any other brown colored spices you want, see optional ingredients above) and stir to give a mud/dirt-like effect. Let sit overnight for a deep tea stain effect.

For a super realistic textural experience:

  • Soak eggs overnight in vinegar, water and green coloring before soaking in tea bag mixture. This will give a rubbery texture to the eggs and will make them look grassy, mossy and muddy after the tea staining.