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Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils

Dinosaur week would not be complete without making dinosaur fossils! This is an easy and fun way for children to learn about fossils.


For this activity you’ll need:

  • Salt dough (recipe found here)
  • Small dinosaur figurines (mine were bought at the dollar store)

First prepare your salt dough and then roll it out to about 1/2 inch thick. You can use a cookie cutters or just your hands to make a round shape

Then have your child take the dinosaurs to make prints in the dough

salt dough dinosaur fossil

We did some with the whole body

salt dough dinosaur fossil


salt dough dinosaur fossil

Some of the feetĀ and some of just the head

salt dough dinosaur fossil


salt dough dinosaur fossil

Let them have full range and explore!

When you are done making your prints put them in the oven for about 2-3 hours at 200 degrees F.

salt dough dinosaur fossil

Stay tuned for later in the week when we used our fossils in a excavation sensory experience!

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