Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils
I absolutely love making salt dough everything with my kiddos- they love adding the ingredients into the bowl, stirring and kneading and then turning into something they can keep. As we moved away from Halloween and we are not quite ready for Christmas fun, I decided to do a dinosaur theme as the children have been OBSESSED with dinosaurs lately.
For this activity we made salt dough fossils. To make the salt dough we used the following recipe:
2 cups of flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
The children took turns to put the ingredients in the bowl, mindfully pouring little bits at a time (to make sure their friends have a turn too). The then mixed everything together and kneaded the dough to make their own balls. They rolled out their dough and cut out circles using half of an easter egg.
Then they examined the dinosaur's footprints to choose which ones they wanted to use. They chose their dinosaurs and imprinted the footprints into the dough, making different sized prints. Some children took a few tries, trying to get a solid footprint.
It was then time to dry out the fossils by cooking in the oven on low heat (about 60 degrees celsius) for 45 minutes. The time and temperature might need to be tweaked depending on your oven, but the consistency should be like a rock by the end of it.
You'll end up with fabulous fossils for the children to bury and use in their play, paint or take home as an ornament!
We will definitely be making more salt dough creations later on (Christmas for sure!!)