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Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils

We are big dinosaur fans over here, we even have a dinosaur themed bedroom! So when we were asked check out a new Amazon Original Kids series, Dino Dana, and share a fun dinosaur themed craft, we were thrilled to partner. We took a spin on our favorite Christmas activity, creating salt dough ornaments, and turned it into a fun STEM experiment to take a closer look at dinosaurs with our own salt dough dinosaur fossils.

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Tutorial to make your own DIY salt dough dinosaur fossils! Just follow this easy 1-minute video. You'll need just 3 easy ingredients and a few toys!

Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup iodized salt
  • 1/3-1/2 cup water
  • Toy dinosaurs
  • Acrylic paint (optional)
  • Q-tips (optional)

Directions:

Combine flour and salt. Slowly add water, stirring until combined then mixing by hand. You want dough that is soft and holds together well, but isn’t sticky. If it’s sticky, add more flour. If too dry, add a little more water.

Tutorial to make your own DIY salt dough dinosaur fossils! Just follow this easy 1-minute video. You'll need just 3 easy ingredients and a few toys!

Press the dough out flat an press the dinosaur toys into the dough to create imprints of the dinos to create your fossils. You can stamp the side, their face, even their footprint onto the dough.

Watch us make our Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils

Let your fossils dry out overnight or bake for 1 hour at 300°F.

Tutorial to make your own DIY salt dough dinosaur fossils! Just follow this easy 1-minute video. You'll need just 3 easy ingredients and a few toys!

You can optionally paint the fossils, either in the inside of the fossil print or around the outside, if desired. Use acrylic paints and some q-tips to make it feel like an official excavation task.

Tutorial to make your own DIY salt dough dinosaur fossils! Just follow this easy 1-minute video. You'll need just 3 easy ingredients and a few toys!

We had so much fun creating our salt dough dinosaur fossils together. It gave us a chance to talk about dinosaurs and have some fun together.

Tutorial to make your own DIY salt dough dinosaur fossils! Just follow this easy 1-minute video. You'll need just 3 easy ingredients and a few toys!

My boys have been really into dinosaurs, lately. We started watching Dino Dana together, it’s a new series designed for preschoolers, that debuts this week on Amazon!

We got to take an exclusive sneak peek at the first 5 episodes of the new series. It follows Dana, a “paleontologist in training” who has a very adventurous and curious spirit. She sees dinosaurs all around her in her everyday life and teaches little life lessons while incorporating dino facts. The STEM-based show, Dino Dana, combines CGI animation of favorite prehistoric dinosaurs with a live-action setting that follows two sisters.

Tutorial to make your own DIY salt dough dinosaur fossils! Just follow this easy 1-minute video. You'll need just 3 easy ingredients and a few toys!

My 2.5 year old was completely enthralled with the show, and even I was hooked. Dana is a sweet and easy to relate to character that I’m happy to introduce to my kids. My son giggled with delight when the dinosaurs entered the scene and we bought got caught up in the episodes.

Tutorial to make your own DIY salt dough dinosaur fossils! Just follow this easy 1-minute video. You'll need just 3 easy ingredients and a few toys!

If you have a dinosaur fan on your hands, that can’t get enough about learning about different dinos, set aside a dinosaur discovery day. Start by making these salt dough dinosaur fossils and then sit down to an episode of Dino Dana while they bake.

Check out the trailer for Dino Dana here, to learn more about this new hit series!

If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, you’ll be able to watch the new Amazon Original Kid series, Dino Dana, for free with your membership.

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Toni | Boulder Locavore

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

This is a great idea! It looks super fun! Perfect for kids craft this summer!

Hali @daytodayMOMents

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

Fun idea, will have to see if my kids will want to experiment with some gf flour..

Sarah

Monday 5th of June 2017

What a fun project! My boys would love making this one weekend. Adding this to my list of projects to make with the kids.

Dawn Lopez

Monday 5th of June 2017

My nephew loves watching dinosaur shows so I'll have to be sure he knows about this latest show. I bet he will love the salt dough fossils too.

Dawn McAlexander

Monday 5th of June 2017

What a great project for the kids. I have not heard of these before, but it looks like a lot of fun and very entertaining. The kids would love it.