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Intermediate
Intermediate
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diy dino dig

Kids can be amateur paleontologists with this fun dino dig activity that teaches them about geology, paleontology and fossils.
Step 1

First, make some “fossils.” Measure 2 cups of flour and ¾ cup of water, then pour into the bowl. Mix with a spoon (or your hands) to make a sticky paste.


Step 2

Slowly add 1 cup of sand into the mixture, kneading it in until it's completely mixed.


Step 3

Add 2-3 large squirts of white school glue to the sand-flour-water dough. Knead the glue into the mixture. This will make your fossils harden.

TIP: You don’t have to use exact measurements, but your blob of glue should be about the size of a quarter!


Step 4

Repeat Steps 2-3, with another cup of sand and then more glue.

TIP: Your finished “fossil” dough should be wet and sticky enough to be moldable but not so dry that the dough is falling apart. You can keep adding glue and sand to the mixture until it reaches the perfect consistency.


Step 5

Once you’re ready, form the dough into “fossils” about the size of an orange.


Step 6

Push dinosaur (or other animal figurines, small toys, seashells, rocks, or stones) into the balls. Fold the dough over the objects so they are covered.


Step 7

Let the fossils sit and dry for 48 hours.

TIP: The fossils harden faster if they’re kept uncovered and stored in a dry spot.


Step 8

Once the outside of the balls is hard and dry, then chip away with your paleontology tools and dig for fossils, just like real paleontologists!



Step 9
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