Making Dinosaur Fossils

We are still studying dinosaurs. This week we are learning about fossils and what they tell us about dinosaurs. Our fossils are still on their way to us, so in the meantime we decided to make our own.


The recipe is very simple, it is a basic salt dough with added instant coffee.
To make fossil dough all you need is:

1 cup of flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of instant coffee crystals
1/3 cup of cold water

Mix all the ingredients together into a dough.
We found the idea to add instant coffee to make fossil dough over at Lessons Learnt Journal, the little ones loved it!


There are lots of different types of fossils, the four main ones are skin imprints, actual fossilised bones, dinosaur footprints and, well, dinosaur poo. Researchers grind up the fossilised dinosaur poo to learn more about what dinosaurs used to eat!
We set to work making the different types of fossils with our fossil dough.


When we had finished making lots of interesting fossils we baked them in the oven until they were dry.


They are lots of fun and it’s lovely to pretend to dig them up in the sandbox, too!

We have been looking at our pretend fossils with magnifying glasses and making up stories about where the dinosaurs came from and who left the footprints.


Tomorrow we will try to find our own fossils down at the beach!

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One Response to Making Dinosaur Fossils

  1. Sian says:

    What a lovely idea. I remember finding fossils as a child with my dad.
    Elis and I shall definitely have to try making some with salt dough :-)
    Hope you are having a lovely week.

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