Glitter Dinosaur Ornaments

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This has always been one of my favorite Christmas crafts.

I mean, who doesn’t love dinosaurs covered in glitter??

Seriously, though, hanging these Glitter Dinosaur Ornaments on my tree each year is always a joy!

Glitter Dinosaur Ornaments

Of course, I didn’t realize until afterwards that most of my photos were blurry, but you get the idea.

Essentially I picked up a tube of dinosaurs, my kids painted them, and we dumped glitter on top.

It was so much fun to do with them.

Mostly here, you’ll see the photos of the ones we painted all white – that was my preference for ultimate sparkle. But my kids did decide to paint a couple blue as well. You can really do whatever suits you.

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Before you decorate them, you’ll want to attach tiny hooks.

I used eye hooks like these. The screw right into the toys with just a little elbow grease.

Then paint them with acrylic paint and sprinkle on glitter before the paint dries.

Last, attach any type of thin ribbon or string and you’re done!

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I even decorated the lid of the tube.

It’s like a T-rex bust. Pretty fancy, if you ask me.

Glitter Dinosaur Ornaments

Let me know if you try it out! Or even if you grab a tube of unicorns or something else instead.

Happy Crafting :)

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Eggosaurus Dinosaur Shaped Eggs

Eggosaurus dinosaur shaped eggs

When I first saw this dinosaur shaped egg mold I very nearly squealed with excitement.

How cool is a breakfast that’s shaped like a brontosaurus??

If your answer is DUDE THAT ROCKS then we’re probably on the same page about this.

The pictures below show my journey of eventual success.  It wasn’t overly successful the first time I did it, but it only took a couple of tries.  And, you know, I could still eat the mistakes.  So no biggie.

Anyway, here are my tips:

  1.  Grease the pan AND the mold with nonstick spray.
  2. Separate the eggs whites and yolks ahead of time in separate little bowls.
  3. Try to hold down the mold with a spatula or something while you pour in the egg, so that it doesn’t leak out from underneath.
  4. Make sure the pan is hot when you pour in the egg and cover it as it cooks (like with a pan lid) so that the top of the eggs cook as well.
  5. Move the entire mold with the cooked eggs to the plate and remove the mold from the eggs on the plate instead of in the pan.
  6. Practice it a couple of times before you attempt to serve it to children.
  7. Enjoy!

Eggosaurus dinosaur shaped eggs

Mine might not be quite as pretty as the example picture from the manufacturer, but I was totally happy with the results.

Next up?  Pancakes!


You can get the Eggosaurus on Amazon, but beware:  the prices tend to fluctuate.  You really shouldn’t pay more than ten bucks for this, but I haven’t really searched for it anywhere else.  I actually bought mine from ModCloth, but they don’t carry it anymore.  If you find it anywhere else, please let me know!

Happy Eating!

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I’m a Dirty Dinosaur Book Review

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur Book ReviewThis is a fun book to read.  It has lots of sounds, or onomatopoeias, which kids enjoy.  And you can kind of dance about while reading it, or, you know, maybe leave the dancing around to the kiddos.

Either way, this dinosaur may be dirty, but he does wind up taking a bath at the very end.  Before the bath comes along, though, the kids will have a lot of fun with the stomping and shaking and snuffing about over the pages of simple illustrations mixed with bright colors.

Real mud was used in creating the illustrations, so that’s something that would be fun to incorporate into crafts with your own kids.

Watch my video review to see inside the book:

And you can read a little more about it on my book website:

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

Is your kid/grandkid/niece/nephew a BIG dinosaur fan?  Because then you really should check out some of these awesome titles, too:

That's Not My Dinosaur Books Great Dinosaur Search Book

The Usborne Big Book of Big Dinosaurs  Dinosaur Activity Pack

Dinosaur Excavation Kit  Dinosaur Coloring and Sticker Book 

Dinosaurs - nonfiction books   Lift the Flap Dinosaur Questions and Answers

Happy Reading!  (Roar)

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Letter D: Alphabet Activities for Kids

Letter D:  Alphabet Activities for Kids at

Welcome to Letter D Day!

If you haven’t read the Introduction to the Alphabet Activities, you should start there.

Don’t forget to check out the Letter D:  Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids, too!

Letter Sorting:  D is for Dolphins {Alphabet Activities at}

For our letter sorting activity, I cut out two dolphin shapes.

After gluing down the dolphins, my daughter sorted the lowercase and capital Ds and glued one onto one dolphin and the others onto the second dolphin.

D is for Dragons {Alphabet Activities at}

To make some letter Ds into Dragons, I had precut the big and little D, the dragon’s heads, a wing and tale for each, plus a breath of fire for each.

D is for Daisies {Alphabet Activities at}

When we did this project, my daughter was still struggling with cutting straight lines, so I precut these shapes as well.

Now that she’s a little older, I’d let her at least cut out the stems, and try to do the leaves and petals as well.

D is for Dogs Eating Doughnuts File Folder Game {Alphabet Activities at}

This is another file folder game I designed and, yes, we still play this one, too.

On one sheet are the dogs and their dog dishes.  On another sheet are the piles of doughnuts.  You cut out the doughnuts so your kids can match them to the dogs and dishes, largest to smallest.

My daughter loves to tease me by pretending to put the wrong doughnut pile on the wrong dish and watching for my reaction.  :)

You can find this free printable on my Letter D: Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids post.

D is for Dots  {Alphabet Activities at}

Dot markers {or Dot a Dot Markers} are something we use now and again.

For this worksheet, I made letter Ds from bubble shapes that can be filled with dots from the markers.

You can find this free printable on my Letter D: Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids post.

D is for Driving  {Alphabet Activities at}

This was loads of fun.  My younger daughter, who was still crawling at the time, even got into it.

I made a capital and lowercase D on the floor with painters tape, adding small dashes inside the letter to replicate a road.

We drove the Hot Wheels through the letters like we were writing them.

You can also use the painters tape on tile or linoleum floors.  Sometimes it sticks to wooden decks or concrete, if you’d prefer to do this outdoors, though I’ve had trouble when dirt gets under the tape.

D is for Dog and Dolphin {Alphabet Activities at}

This was really just a fun craft that we did because my daughter loves painting so much, but we picked two animals that started with the letter D and I wrote their names on the paper to accentuate the letter.

These things are still hanging from her bathroom mirror with little suction cups.

D is for Dragon Drums {Alphabet Activities at}

We also made Dragon Drums.

For the drum, I used old formula cans with the labels peeled off, but just about any type of can will work.  The small one was green beans, I think.  I had picked the formula can because it was large, but using two different sizes also allowed us to compare the different sounds they made.

As you can see below, we filled the cans with rice, so that they also functioned as shaker drums.

The top of the can was covered with the top half of a green balloon which I’d cut in two and secured with a rubber band.

We had cut wings and heads from green construction paper and I folded the ends up to make it easy to slide the paper under the rubber band as well.

D is for Dragon Drums {Alphabet Activities at}

I let the girls beat on the drums with the ends of wooden spoons, and we shook them, too.

These dragon drums lasted a long time, even with the rough play of two young kids.  And we got a lot of enjoyment out of them.

D is for Dinosaur Pizzas {Alphabet Activities at}

These are seriously fun pizzas to make.

I had intended for them to be “deep dish” when I made them, but they didn’t turn out that way.  I can’t remember why I still labeled them as such on the picture.

Anyway, as you can see in the step-by-step photo below, we started with my Easy Pizza Dough.

I rolled out the dough and used our Dinosaur Cutter to cut out dinosaur-shaped crusts.  I carefully transferred these to a parchment lined baking pan, trying to retain the shape of the dinosaur, but making sure to leave some room between them.

I also used the dinosaur cutter to cut out pieces of cheese from slices of mozzarella cheese {the kind meant for sandwiches}.

D is for Dinosaur Pizza {Alphabet Activities at}

To assemble the pizzas, we added tomato sauce to them, then sprinkled them with Parmesan cheese.  I also like to add some salt, pepper, and garlic powder, but that’s optional.  We topped them with the cheese slices and with a letter D that I had cut out of pepperoni.

I made the meaty letters by cutting slices of pepperoni in half and carefully using a small paring knife to carve out the center.

The cheese spread a bit when they cooked, but we didn’t mind that at all.  :)

D is for Dulce De Leche Doughnuts {Alphabet Activities at}

These Dulce de Leche Doughnuts were surprising good and relatively simple {although time-consuming} to make.

I’ve posted the step-by-step photo below, so you can see the process.  And actually, when I say it’s time consuming, it’s only because of cutting out the letter Ds and dipping each finished D into the caramel.  Not hard, but it does take a few minutes.  My daughter enjoyed the process, though, so – at least to me – it was worth it.

The doughnuts themselves are pretty easy to make since they’re baked, and the caramel has only one ingredient.  We topped them with nonpareil sprinkles for decoration, and though the caramel was a tad sticky, these were thoroughly enjoyed.

D is for Dulce De Leche Doughnuts {Alphabet Activities at}

Normally I would add the entire recipe right here but this post is already pretty long, so I’m just going to post the printable recipe instead.  To print out the PDF copy of the recipe, click here:  Dulce de Leche Doughnuts

And here are some of the supplies I’ve mentioned in this post, including dot markers, painters tape, dinosaur cutter, and cookie cutters {for the letter D}.

Dot a Dot Markers Painters Tape Dinosaur Sandwich Cutter Cookie Cutters

I’d love for you to share if you’ve done any of these projects with your little ones!

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And don’t forget to check out the Easy Pizza Dough recipe I used for the Dinosaur Pizzas:

Easy Pizza Dough Recipe {And How to Proof Yeast} at

Have fun!

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