Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dinosaur Eggs and Fossils

Aiden and I are going to end our dinosaur theme week by reading Fossils Tell of Long Ago, and going on an archaeologists dig.  The kids helped me make dinosaur eggs and fossils, which we will add to our sandbox.  These need to dry for a about a week, so we made them earlier in the week.

I found the idea for dinosaur eggs here.   


What You Need:

1 cup of used coffee grounds

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of salt

1/2 cup sand (I didn’t have any sand when I made these so I just added some extra salt – they still turned out fine.)


What You’ll Do:

  1. Combine flour, coffee, salt and sand together.
  2. Mix in water gradually, adding until the mixture holds together. Using less water will result in faster drying. IMG_1720
  3. Take a portion of the dough and form an egg shape around each plastic dinosaur. Let eggs dry for about a week. IMG_1721
  4. Use a hammer to open the eggs.

The idea for the dinosaur fossils can from Our Crafts~N~Things.

What You’ll Need:

Crayola Model Magic (in the color of your choice)

Small plastic dinosaurs

What You’ll Do:

  1. Roll the Model Magic out, and press it down until it is flat.
  2. Press a small dinosaur into the clay hard enough to leave an impression.IMG_1724
  3. Allow to dry a few days before playing with them. IMG_1722


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