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Dinosaur Fossils

Dinosaur Fossil

Wet, rainy days. What to do? It can be hard to contain 3 year olds inside when the wet weather sets in and you want to limit the amount of screen time your kids have. Never fear, this is an oldie but goodie. I distinctly remember creating this recipe in primary school myself!!! This activity is simple, keeps the kids busy, requires minimal ingredients, and it relatively mess free. A definite win/win for a Mum who doesn’t like lots of mess inside (i.e. me.)

Salt dough! Such a simple recipe, and so many things you can create with it! But, for now we are focused on salt dough entertainment of the dinosaur variety. My Miss 3 is very independent and loves being able to do things with little help from me. From start to finish, this activity allowed her to complete most steps herself. I really only helped measure out the correct amount of everything, and helped her keep all the ingredients in the bowl while stirring. The measuring, mixing, rolling, stamping and painting kept her entertained for the afternoon!  

What You Need:

  • 2C Flour
  • 1C Water
  • 1C Salt
  • Play dinosaurs – I bought mine from Kmart
  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Miss 3 helped me measure and pour everything into the bowl. She also mixed the dough. (With assistance from me to keep everything in the bowl!)
  2. Place the dough on the bench/worktop and knead. Just knead the dough until it’s as smooth as you’d like it to be.
  3. Pinch a bit off the dough and roll with a rolling pin. You can roll the dough and cut it with a cookie cutter, but I find the uneven edge gives it a more authentic feel.
  4. Stamp the dinosaurs into the dough. This part had little miss occupied for ages. After the dinosaurs had been fossilised, the disney princesses had a turn! The best part about salt dough is that it’s like play dough, just squish back together and roll out again.
  5. Once you have the perfect ‘fossil’, let the dough air dry. (This will take a couple of days. Alternatively, you can bake the dough in the oven, but keep it on a low heat or parts of the dough will rise and misshape the fossil.)

Our fossils didn’t get the chance to dry, Miss 3 wanted to paint it straight away. It doesn’t really matter. The shape holds relatively well anyway. Such a simple recipe for a lot of fun and learning. Enjoy!

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