We do love everything about dinosaurs. From simple dinosaur crafts and activities to exploring some of the science behind these prehistoric creatures.
These easy dinosaur fossils are great to make with kids and use one of our favourite materials salt dough.
For young children it’s “just” a fun activity for older kids there is actually some science behind it and the process is similar to how to trace fossils are made.
Read on for how to make salt dough fossils with kids.
Dinosaur died out a long time ago and the only way that we know that they roamed the earth is through the fossil records.
From fossil bones to trace fossils and more recently fossilised dinosaur tails found in amber, we can see what these great beasts looked like.
Fossils are fascinating and an easy theme to explore with your kids whatever age they are.
Or why not try making some of these other fantastic fun hands-on fossil activities for kids.
Salt Dough Fossils to Make with Kids
These are really easy to make.
Once dry we painted them to look more like stones and actual fossils but you can, of course, keep them salt dough coloured if you wish.
Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils
- Toy Dinosaurs
- Paint Brushes
- Rolling Pin
- Baking Tray
- When you have made your salt dough split it into 8 similar sized clumps give out to the children.
- Roll the salt dough to approximately 2cm (3/4 inch thick.
- Into the flat surface carefully press a small toy dinosaur.
- To dry the salt dough before painting place on a baking tray and into an oven on the lowest setting for approximately 2hours.
- Once dry – then paint your salt dough fossils to make them look like rocks.
- Leave to dry and if you wish to seal them then apply a coat of mod podge to the dry painted fossil.
Fossil Resources to Extend this Activity Further
Encourage more reading and investigation into fossils, rocks and earth science with our favourite earth science books to read to and for kids of all ages.
I’ve found that following the lead with your child’s interest can lead to amazing discoveries for both of you. Throughout this activity I have added further activity suggestions you can find here on Rainy Day Mum however, we are limited as there are only so many hours in the day so these resources from supplies we use and recommend can be used to extend this even further.
There is nothing better than getting hands-on holding real fossils in your hands and although the local natural history museum is a good place to start it’s possible to purchase a fossil set that gives information about the fossils and real samples of them.
If your children are fans of dinosaurs this Dinosaur Discovery kit from Green Kids Crafts is a great way to encourage the topic with 5 projects for science and arts and crafts it is a hit in our house.
We are big fans of National Geographic and their kid’s resources here and have brought this Fossil Mine Dig Kit a couple of times now one for each child and it’s gone down a hit. Unlike some of the other versions that contain a plastic dinosaur to piece together, this contains real fossils a big bonus with my kids holding prehistory in their hands.