Kids are naturally interested in and excited about dinosaurs. I can almost guarantee that these DIY dinosaur fossils made with salt dough will be a hit with your little ones!
I recently put together a dinosaur party for my sweet Jr. paleontologist. We had a big dinosaur dig, where I hid toy dinosaurs, dinosaur eggs, and these DIY dinosaur fossils. These dinosaur fossils are double the fun- the kids love helping to make them just as much (if not more) as they love digging for them!
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DIY Dinosaur Fossils with Salt Dough
- 2 cups flour (I used wheat flour to make a darker dough that looked more natural)
- 1 cup salt
- 1/2 cup warm water
- Plastic dinosaurs
- Plastic dinosaur skeletons
Step 1. Mix the flour, salt, and warm water together to make the salt dough. I use my Kitchen Aid to mix, but you could also do it with a wooden spoon.
Make a small ball of dough, then press it flat with the palm of your hand.
Step 2. Gently press a dinosaur skeleton toy into the dough. Gently lift the toy up to reveal a cool impression!
Dinosaur feet work great too!
Repeat with the plastic dinosaur toys for another cool look!
Let your kids get creative! My daughter wanted to add a leaf to hers so she pressed it in and left it for baking. She also made a dinosaur next with little dino eggs.
Step 3. Line up all your “fossils” on a baking sheet and bake on 250 degrees for 1-2 hours. Remove once they are hard.
Aren’t these DIY dinosaur fossils so cool?!
I love how each one is different and unique. It also helps the kids find their that they made. Trust me, they will find and claim them!
Now it’s time to play!
Hope you and your kiddos have a roar-ing good time making these!
For more dinosaur party ideas, recipes, and crafts, you’ll love these…
How to Make a Dinosaur Dig Cake (and amazing chocolate cake recipe!)
How to Make Breakable DIY Dinosaur Eggs (with a surprise inside!)