Dinosaurs, Experiments, Inexpensive and Versatile, Nature, Paleontologist

Salt Dough Fossil Digs!

To celebrate our week on paleontology, my little #paleontologists helped me make salt dough fossils! They were entertained for quite a while. I continued to hide fossils in kinetic sand, they dug around, and wiped them off carefully with a brush.

My oldest yelled, “I want to be a paleontologist when I grow up, Mom!”. So I’d definitely say this activity was a “dino-rific”! We will likely do this activity again with our large sandbox!

To make your own salt dough fossils you need:
1️⃣ 2 cups of all-purpose flour
2️⃣ 1 cup of salt
3️⃣ 1 cup of cold water

To make the fossils:
1️⃣ Mix the ingredients together and knead the dough for about 10 minutes.
2️⃣ Let the dough sit for about 20 minutes.
3️⃣ Let the kids design their own fossils with their hands or with cookie cutters or dinosaur toys.
4️⃣ Place them on a baking sheet in the oven at 200 degrees F for about 3 hours.
5️⃣ Let cool.
6️⃣ Bury them in sand or dirt and let the kids find them with small shovels, brushes and other digging items.

-Kristen

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