In my house it doesn’t matter if you are male or female, dinosaurs are a favorite! The kids love learning about, drawing, imitating, and creating dinosaurs of all sizes and shapes. I thought a fossil dig would be a fun to add to our dinosaur unit study, a great way to keep little hands busy, and leave an impression on their minds. You can buy kits online but you can save yourself a considerable amount of money by making your own (plus you can include a dino or dino skeleton of your choosing). You might want to make up several and keep them on hand for rainy days when the kids need a special activity to keep them busy.
Dinosaur fossil dig supplies
- Plastic dinosaurs and fossils
- 2 cups clean potting soil
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ½ cup sand
- 1 ½ cups water
- Excavation tools
I found this little cake pan at Dollar Tree and it is the perfect size for several small dinosaur skeletons and let’s at least 2 children at a time work on it, it is also reusable. You can halve the recipe and use smaller containers for individual use if you like. You can also find small bags of sand and soil in the floral department at the Dollar Tree making this a very frugal project that you can make over and over.
Dinosaur Dig Directions
Combine all the ingredients in the container you are going to use until well combined. Your mixture should be somewhere between damp and dripping wet,you may need to add a bit more water or dirt/sand, depending on the types you use.
Press your skeletons/dinosaurs into the bottom of the pan and cover them up well with your mixture. Set out in the sun to dry or make it the night before and let it dry out all night and until you are ready for the activity.
Once your mixture is dry, it will be semi hard and crumbly.
This is much easier to break through than the plaster version so it is great for younger children.
I set ours out with spoons for digging and paintbrushes to help gently clear away dirt in the “delicate bones” of the dinosaur.
Add some books nearby to peak the kids interest, you will likely see them looking through trying to match the bones they found.
Large Dinosaur Excavation KitDig A Dino Excavation Kit 3 PackThe Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur DigNational Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)