Dinosaur ‘fossils’

My mum and I went to a community course many many moons ago to make salt dough creations and I remember having great fun. So when I was trying to work out a way to do dinosaur ‘fossil’ imprints I thought – salt dough!

It’s super easy to make and fun to play with. All you need is 300 g flour, 200 ml water and 300 g salt. Mix it all up, roll it out and go for it!

Master D got a slab of the dough and using his mini dinosaur toys made ‘fossil’ imprints. Next we used a dinosaur cookie cutter to make larger t-rex outlines (we tried using it properly but the hands and tail kept breaking).

Since we had extra salt dough I couldn’t resist doing Little Miss Q’s foot and hand print 🙂 And she was a very obliging model. Then we popped our creations in the oven at 180° for around 30 minutes.

The next day we got painting – using pva paint (1 part pva glue and 2 parts poster paint). Here are our results:

We might keep this in mind for Christmas decorations too! And here is one of Master D’s paintings using his mini dinos as paint brushes:

After this he painted his arms green to ‘go dino’!

Thanks for reading, Kelly

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12 Comments

  • Reply Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) November 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Those are awesome! Last year we did a dinosaur unit where we made fossils too, but I love that you took it a step further & painted them too! I would love for you to link this & other kid-friendly stuff at my TGIF Linky Party on Friday – http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties
    ~Beth

  • Reply Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam November 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    What a great idea!!! I need to try this soon as we love making things with salt dough.

  • Reply Anonymous November 4, 2011 at 6:55 am

    How cute & clever. We will have to do these when we study dinosaurs! Oh, I found you at TGIF Linky Party.
    Megan

  • Reply atnumber29 November 4, 2011 at 8:58 am

    this is a really cool idea! Will be passing it on to a friend with a dino mad little one!

  • Reply martianne November 4, 2011 at 9:31 am

    So fun! We like to freeze dinos in ice and then excavate them. We also make time machines – such as the one at http://traininghappyhearts.blogspot.com/2010/08/time-machine-to-dinos.html

  • Reply The "Good Eater" Teacher November 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Ooohh… I know how I’ll be keeping my two year old busy next week when I need a few minutes to get something done- he will LOVE this!

  • Reply The "Good Eater" Teacher November 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Hi there… I linked to your post in my “learning from others” post today. http://teachinggoodeaters.blogspot.com/2011/11/learning-from-others.html

    I used one of your pictures- please let me know if it’s a problem and I’ll remove it!

  • Reply Jenny November 4, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    These are so cool! I love the hand and footprints too! Thanks for sharing.

    Stopped in from the TGIF Linky Party.

  • Reply Carrie November 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    How fun!! Thank you for sharing it at Crafty Moms Share!

  • Reply Tammie November 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Love this idea and love your blog! I’m your newest stalker 🙂 In fact, I think this is so cool that I’m going to send it to a friend who does children’s art projects at a museum! This would be a big hit!

  • Reply Emma @sciencesparks November 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Fab idea! I love salt dough.

  • Reply Emma @mummymummymum November 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    My children would love that. We love dinosaurs and salt dough. x

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