This super quick and easy tutorial will show you how to make excavations in plastic Easter eggs. You can then hide these fun and inexpensive excavations for an Easter Egg Excavation Hunt that your Excavating Adventurers are sure to enjoy!
  • Sand 
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Measuring cups
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Empty egg carton
  • Easter egg excavation items. The items you choose need to be small enough to fit in the egg. Any small plastic trinkets will work. Coins and tumbled stones are also a big hit!
  • Excavation tools - Safety goggles, small brush, magnifying glass, and a chisel, nail, wooden dowel or some other tool to use to excavate. 


Excavating Adventures Pro Tip: Soften the excavations with a little water if it is difficult for your young Excavating Adventurer to dig. 


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  1. Open the plastic eggs and place the larger ends in the egg carton. This will keep the eggs in place so we can pour the sand and plaster mixture. 
  2. Place your excavation items in each of the eggs. 
  3. Dry mix one cup of sand with 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris. Increase the recipe as needed to fill your eggs at a three parts sand to one part Plaster of Paris ratio. 
  4. Add 1/3 cup of water and mix until you have a pancake like consistency. 
  5. Pour the mixture over the excavation items and fill until the eggs are nearly full.
  6. Optional - Sprinkle some glitter on the surface of your excavation to give it a little sparkle. You can also cut Easter grass into pieces and sprinkle on the surface for a little extra Easter flair!
  7. Allow to dry overnight.  
  8. Once the Easter Egg Excavations are completely dry, snap the other end back on the egg. You can add a coin or something in the void if you choose. 
  9. Hide the eggs and let the Easter Egg Excavation Hunt begin!
  10. Once the eggs have been discovered and collected, find an area that can get a little messy and be easily cleaned up. Distribute the safety goggles and excavation tools and let your Excavating Adventurer dive in and find the treasures inside their Easter Egg Excavations. 


Excavating Adventures Pro Tip: This is a fun and easy little excavation activity that is very inexpensive. You can even make several of these and use them as activities for birthday parties! 


I hope you enjoyed this super quick tutorial and had fun creating your own Easter Egg Excavation Hunt. These excavations are very easy to make and a lot of fun!
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