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.
What you need to make these Fossils with Kids
- Salt dough using either the microwave method or our classic recipe
- Toy Dinosaurs from your collection
- Acrylic Paints or if you don’t have these normal ready mixed paints and coat after they are dry with some White/School/PVA glue
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Creating Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils
When you have made your salt dough split it into 8 similar sized clumps give out to the children.
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 fossils, you want a fairly thick dough – approx. 2cm (almost a 3/4 of an inch) thick.
Try making your own Dinosaur Feet a simple craft for toddlers to make and play with too
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.
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.
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