In our Early Explorers subscription, there’s a Dinosaur themed month that we absolutely love. We wanted to share a fun, crafty way for you to add to the experience and learn about the science of fossils!
In this craft, we take easy-to-make salt dough along with dinosaur toys to create your very own fossils.
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
3/4 cup water
Dinosaur toys (small sizes are best)
1. Combine salt, flour, and water in a small bowl or dish. Mix well until a soft dough forms.
Before mixing, we also enjoyed playing with our dinosaur toys upon “Salt and Flour Mountain” and discussing what kind of habitats dinosaurs would have lived in.
2. When the dough forms, pinch off small fistfuls to shape into flattened rounds, similar to the shape and size of a cookie. Press your dinosaur toy into the dough.
Tip: Some dinosaur toys are curved to show the dinosaur in action, especially those with a long tail. Try pressing the dinosaur into the dough as evenly as you can at first, and then lift it up to see any areas that left a shallow mark. Press the toy down again into the dough, concentrating on the shallow section, so you get a better fossil.
3. Repeat step 2 with each dinosaur. The dough should yield about 6 fossil discs.
4. Bake at 200 degrees until your fossil is dry. The amount of time needed to bake depends on size and thickness; thin flat fossils may only take 45-60 minutes, thicker fossils can take 2-3 hours or more.
Bring on the science!
During this activity, natural questions may come up. If they don’t, start a discussion using the questions below!
- What are fossils?
- How are fossils made?
- Do you think there are any dinosaurs alive today? Why or why not?
- Could some dinosaurs fly or swim?
- Why do you think so many people are interested in dinosaurs?
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