You can't learn about dinosaurs without learning about fossils and that is exactly what we did. From our books we learnt what fossils are and how they form and then we made some clay dinosaur fossils.
We use air dry clay for crafting, I have a big tub under the sink and don't get it out often enough, I think last time was back at Christmas when we made some tree decorations.
To make our clay dinosaur fossils we took balls of clay and worked them into rock shapes. Clay is quite hard for the bous to manipulate compared to soft play dough so it gave them a bit of a workout! We then pushed our plastic dinosaur figures into the clay to create an imprint, the boys found that you have to push the figures in quite deeply to get a good detailed print.
Omce happy we removed the dinosaurs and put aside to wash and then left our clay to dry on a sunny windowsill. Air dry clay takes around 24 hours to dry out fully.
Once dry the boys chose some paints and decorated them. I was going to leave them natural but the boys do love to add a splash of colour to things.
The boys enjoyed making these and have been matching up the dunosaur figures to their fossils. I can see them being added to some play sand over summer along with the dinosaur story stones I made.
Check out our other dinosaur activities including our dinosaur small world complete with erupting volcano.
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