Dinosaur activities are the coolest, right? And what’s more fun trying to make dinosaur fossils yourself? Grab your dinosaur toys and some play dough, and you’re halfway to an activity your kids are sure to love!
A reader sent me this idea, and my kids couldn’t be happier with it!
How To Make Dinosaur Fossils
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You only need 3 things to make dinosaur fossils:
Grab a handful of playdough and press smooth it down into about 1/4-1/2 inch thick discs. They just need to be thick enough so that the animals make an impression without poking through. Tip: larger animals need thicker dough)
Press the animals firmly into the dough – you want to make an impression that can be filled with the glue. We rolled some a bit back and forth to get details like horns and spikes.
Try the whole dinosaur, or just a certain part – the horns, or the footprint. Fossils come in all shapes and sizes!
Then use the glue to fill in the impressions. We used our DIY colored glue, but white glue would work as well.
Then let everything sit for a day or two, until the glue dries. The more glue (and the more humid the temperature where you are), the longer the dinosaur “fossils” will take to dry.
Once the glue has dried, it’s excavation time! Carefully peel the dinosaur fossil out of the play dough. It’s fun to see the differences between the “fossil” and the dinosaur toy. You can talk about the challenges of determining what an animal looked like, when all you have is the impression left behind, or the bones.
For some added fun, you could hide the fossils under sand and have the kids brush the sand off.
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