Sunday, July 10, 2016

Dino Egg Diggers!

See that little blue one up in front? We had to pay him to sit there!
And that little red one? Him, too. To not snatch Ava's shovel! 

The dinosaur couple who live in my backyard woods are a curious twosome. Like most normal reptiles, they lay their eggs here and there, and then frolic away, leaving them to fend for themselves. But family legend asserts that this grandma has conversed with that parental pair, and is now the keeper of an extraordinary secret: These are not, by any means, common, garden variety dino eggs!

But how was that to be confirmed? The only way to solve this nagging mystery, it seemed, was to invite the grandchildren to helmet up, shovel up, team up, and follow a twisting and turning trail of clues to discover for themselves what lies within those ovate forms!

And they're off!

Plenty of parents to go around, serving as assistants who read initial clues, such as.....

Jump up and down, yell "DINOSAUR!"
Hop into the woods, 10 steps more
Flags in a row wait up ahead
Dig for a clue by the one that's red!  

Locating proper places proved productive! Unearthed eggs yielded additional clues!

Close your eyes and count to ten
Stop to think, then do it again
Look for a flag up ahead that's blue
Tied to the tree is a clue for you!

The choice was yours - mommy or daddy could read your clue - or you could give it a go by yourself!

Stay on the path that's long and narrow
Dig where you see a big yellow arrow!

Arrows and flags dotted the trail, and each happy hunter was assigned a dino symbol. The sight of that familiar shape assured that your feet were stomping in the right direction!

Look for your dino symbols up ahead
That's where you need to dig instead!

One by one, the search paid off! We started findin' and haulin' em in! Some were almost bigger than we were!

This picture of Kaylee reminds me of a wee fairy tale forest gnome who lives inside a mushroom and forages for berries during the day!

If you were just a little guy on your first expedition, it was nice to have daddy along. Ryan's egg was laid up in a tree by a pterodactyl! No way could he reach it by himself!

Nick had no trouble haulin' home the goods, but it was nice to have daddy admire his accomplishments!

Just don't think girls can't keep up with boys!
oh yes we can!

One might think that an egg camouflaged in foliage green would be tricky to find, but Brielle wasn't defeated by that tactic!

We gathered back at camp and took a head-and-egg count. Eight of each! Good! Our entire crew was anxious to dig in and shovel out!

Ava tore a little peep hole for herself. After all, it's good to be cautious. No Easter bunny has ever left eggs this big for us!

Piles of wrapped goodies spilled from each egg.

Bubble wands! Stickers! Lego sets! Star Wars key chains! Craft kits! Bath tub toys! Books! Art supplies! Fairy play sets! Candy!.......

And smiles all around, because these dino egg diggers delivered dynamite sized success!

This wasn't our first foray into the woods seeking fun-filled eggs! We did the same three years ago, posting it all, full of details on how to host your own dig at an event no grandchild will ever forget! Here's where you'll find it all!


  1. Hello, you have such fun games and adventures for the kiddies to play. The dino egg dig sounds like a great fun. The kiddies are all so cute! Wonderful post and photos. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

  2. Lots of fun! Lots of memories.

  3. What a fun day!! The smiles and excitement were contagious. Another crafty and fun family event pulled off by grandma!

  4. What an awesome pair of dinos you have living in your forest! Such a great idea and perfect for all ages -- which you have! The grands are lucky to have so many cousins and a wonderful Grandma to entertain them all!

  5. Oh such fun - you are the best grandma ever. Love the photos of the kids being so industrious and hunting their giant eggs - and then hauling them back home. Fun fun fun!!!!

  6. Looks like quite a fun time was had by all :)

  7. What a great idea Joyce. This would be a perfect idea for a dinosaur birthday party too. I hope you shared this on my linkup. It's a winner!

  8. What a clever idea. It looks like they had so much fun. The parents too!

  9. I CANNOT EVEN BELIEVE YOU!!! You are so awesome & creative. Your grandkids are so lucky. How in the world di you come up with this idea!!! Sharing this on my facebook friends will love this.

  10. What a great afternoon of fun for the kids, ending with lots of surprises. Your grandchildren are a lucky bunch having such a fun grandmother!

  11. What incredibly great fun! My grandkids would absolutely love this. You are amazingly creative.

  12. That is so cool! I know your grands adore you!

  13. I think that maybe one of the coolest things I have ever seen done with the family/grandkids. I loved it. Special memories - for the kids and adults.

  14. Ok from the first photo with the babies and their hats I started laughing and did not stop all the way through!!!! :)

  15. Judging by your posts, I think you've got to be one really fun grandma!! Love this idea! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party.

  16. Such fun. You really are intentional when it comes to time spent with your grands. Thanks for sharing at Book Wino/Party at My Place today.

  17. Oh my goodness! This is so amazingly wonderful! I thought I was a fun grandma but you are The Queen. I'm pinning AND taking notes!

  18. WOW! This is such a great thing to do with the grands! I love it! And it doesn't just have to be at Easter! What fun! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from TOHOT. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  19. Making precious sweet memories! I love it. Happy Thoughts of Home. Pinning.

  20. This is so fun and so creative. I am a new grandma and I can't wait to plan experiences like these. I have pinned this. I am visiting you from Friendship Friday. You might like my post on How to Run Your Own Summer Sewing Camp:

  21. Such a great idea, and wonderful that it spans a wide age group. Lucky kids! :)

  22. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity.

  23. What a fabulous idea! I was expecting that the eggs would be well . . . egg size . . . like the ones we get from chickens. I guess the eggs have to be bigger because they are dinosaur eggs!! I've pinned this idea. (By the way, you've got amazing backyard woods!)

  24. How fun!!! What a great idea for something to do for the kids, I love it! Thank you for sharing it with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  25. This is such a fun idea! Love it. You all look like your having a great summer. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Shared.

  26. What great fun for the grand kids. You are such a wonderful grandmother.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party,

  27. Oh my goodness what an adventure. I love the photo of all the cousins and the big smiles. The boys are sure getting tall. I sure hope these kids all realize that they have the craftiest Grandma on the planet. What a blast.