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Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils

Happy Wednesday Families!

Today, I have a dinosaur craft for you, because who doesn't love dinosaurs! This is a perfect indoor craft that can then be played with outside. It's perfect for all your tiny archaeologists. We're going to be making a homemade salt dough that we will turn into dinosaur fossils.

What You'll Need:

  1. 2 cups of flour (use wheat flour for a darker, more natural looking dough)

  2. 1 cup of salt

  3. 1/2 cup of warm water

  4. Plastic dinosaurs and dinosaur skeletons (you can find these at most toy stores or online)

  5. Other fun, found objects that your little may want to turn into a fossil (leaves, toy bugs, shells, etc.)

How To Make It:

  1. Combine flour, salt, and warm water in a large mixing bowl. You can use a hand mixer or just a wooden spoon.

  2. Once combined, grab small sections of dough and roll into a tiny ball.

  3. Roll ball flat with rolling pin or press out flat with hands.

  4. Grab a dinosaur or dinosaur skeleton and gently press into dough. Lift up to reveal imprint. You can use different parts of the dinosaur, like feet, tail, spine, head, or press the whole body down.

  5. Repeat until all dough has been used.

  6. While making your fossils, preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place all the fossils onto the baking sheet. Bake for 1-2 hours and remove once they are hard.


  1. For an indoor activity, grab a large plastic container and fill with sand. Hide the fossils in various parts of the container and have your little search for them. Use an old toothbrush or paintbrushes to reveal the fossils.

  2. For an outdoor activity, take the fossils outside and bury them in the dirt. Using the brushes or hands, excavate the area and find all the fossils.

Happy Crafting and Happy Hunting!

With Love,

Miss Logan


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