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Dinosaurs are one of those themes that seem to inspire children around the world, and my two are no different. So having a dinosaur-themed day at home, we set about making some Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils using a simple salt dough recipe, some toys and painting to make them look like rocks.
Quick Salt Dough Recipe
1/2 Cup of Salt
1/2 Cup of water
1 Cup all purpose (plain Flour)
Mix the above ingredients together. Knead to a smooth dough, and leave in a cool place for around 15 minutes as it will then be easier to roll and create a good imprint in the dough.
Creating Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils
When the salt dough had slightly cooled, I split it into 8 similar sized clumps and then I divided it up between my two children (almost 3 and 4 and a half).
Although we have children’s rolling pins J and T both prefer to use my heavier weight rolling pin. They found it easier to get a smooth, even finish. With the Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils you want a fairly thick dough – approx. 2cm (almost an 3/4 of a inch) thick.
With a flat top, carefully press in the model dinosaurs (the miniature dinosaurs are great because of the details like spikes and plates on them), and after experimenting with our dinosaur box these produced the best effect in the dough.
To cure the dough before painting, you can either use the microwave – microwave for 20 seconds at a time leaving to cool slightly in between until your salt dough is hard, or you can bake in the oven at 100 degrees C for around 3 hours. Both methods work. But remember: if you use the microwave method do 20 seconds at a time and leave to cool between each burst of power otherwise the dough will appear to bubble.
Once the dough has cooled down we set about painting – acrylic paints work best but don’t worry if you don’t have any: you can use normal ready-mixed paint mixed with some white glue (PVA/School Glue), and this will work too.
I set out a selection of colours that could be mixed into rock sort of colours, so browns, black, white and different greens, and then provided 1 paint brush. Mixing the colours gave the best rock-look to the fossils, especially once dried.