A great activity. You can create the fossils then use them in a number of other activities.


  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Of Water
  • 1 or more Plastic Dinosaurs


  1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
    Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy mixture. Turn the dough onto a board or counter and kneed with your hands until smooth.
  2. Roll the dough out flat with a rolling pin or make flat oval shaped. Press your plastic dinosaurs into the dough and remove. Making a dinosaur imprint.
  3. Place the salt dough fossil shapes in the oven at 160 degrees (fan forced). The amount of time needed to bake depends on the size and thickness of the dough. A thin layer takes around 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool.


You may like to paint these as an activity, hide them in a sand pit or play hide and seek with them in the yard. You can also get your original plastic dinosaurs and match them up. Great educational activity for identifying dinosaur species.

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  • This is an awesome idea and could be used for many different things.


  • We made these for a dinosaur party we went to.


  • These are great. I also make rocks with dinosaurs hidden inside so they can pretend to be archaeologists chipping away to uncover their find.


  • This would be a hit with my little boy


  • This is terrific, I know heaps of kids that are dino obsessed, this would be great to use for cookies as well


  • Love this idea.


  • This idea is brilliant! Going to do this with my son for sure!


  • My grandson is dinosaur mad at the moment. He will go crazy for this activity.


  • Great activity. I love the idea of matching the dinosaur to the fossil.


  • You could do these with the kids’ handprints and use them as Xmas decorations


  • Wow this looks amazing I will give it a go


  • This is so cheap I love it, shops can be expensive to buy fossils there


  • These are amazing!!! Whoever I can just see the kids finding them now in the sandpit!!! Even as a party game!!! Love it!


  • This is so cool, my son would love this!


  • These are so cool, they look like actual fossils. Great school holiday activity for the kids


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