Make some fossils with your child to use for this fun dinosaur dig play tray, perfect for a little dinosaur lover!
Calling all future paleontologists .... or just your little dinosaur loving children! This is a fun craft project and sensory play invitation all in one. Inviting your little one to help make the fossils is just as much fun as digging them up!
Our dinosaur fossils were inspired by @ncmummabird on Instagram. They used salt dough to make their fossils. You can see her dinosaur dig play tray on her Instagram page.
* Please note: Play idea for ages 3+ as small parts are a choking hazard. Always supervise your child when working with clay and playing. All play was supervised.
How we made our dinosaur fossils:
We used air dry clay to make our fossils. We bought our air dry clay from Spotlight. You could also make homemade salt dough.
You will need:
Air dry clay
Small dinosaur figurines
Steps to make your fossils:
Roll out the air dry clay between two sheets of baking paper.
Use a cutter to cut out shapes for your fossils. We used an egg shaped cookie cutter.
Get your child to choose some of their mini dinosaur figurines and press them into the clay.
Put onto a tray on baking paper and leave overnight to dry.
Once the clay is dry, you can set up ready for some fun dino themed play!
Setting up a sensory play tray
For a fun dino dig sensory tray we used:
Sand tray in our Ikea Flisat table
Basket of dinosaurs
Scoop and little brush (our brush is Explore Nook brand, but a pastry brush from the kitchen would work well too)
Allow your child to explore this in whatever way they would like to play. Miss 5 buried the fossils in the sand and then found them again. She also got me to hide them for her.
Matching the fossils to the little dinosaur figurines, is another fun way to play.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and may even feel inspired to try and make some of your own dinosaur fossils with your child, or for your classroom.
For more dinosaur play ideas visit this post
and check out these free dinosaur printable pages if your child is learning to cut and trace.
Until next time, have fun learning in a playful way!
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