Here’s a fun dinosaur activity for kids – dig for salt dough dinosaur bones!
Last year, I saw this fantastic idea on The Imagination Tree to make dinosaur bones out of salt dough. Salt dough is the perfect material for dino bones since it’s easy to make and very sturdy once you bake it.
To make our dinosaur bones, we used our standard salt dough recipe:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Mix all ingredients and knead until smooth.
The boys made dinosaur bones, fossil footprints (with toy dinosaurs), and dinosaur eggs.
I baked them for about 3 hours at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. We let them dry for a few days and then set up a tub of dirt to play with!
I added some large paintbrushes so that the boys could pretend to clean off their fossils, just like real paleontologists.
If your dirt is moist, you’ll need to store the dinosaur bones somewhere else when they’re not being played with. If you leave them in the wet dirt overnight, they will turn soft like dough again (ask me how I know…)! Salt dough lasts a long time if you keep it dry. Another option would be to play with them in dry sand.
I love how Anna at The Imagination Tree made the dinosaur bones into a fun math activity. You’ll want to head over there and check it out!