dinosaur fossils art

Room 4B was learning all about dinosaurs! They became paleontologist and learned all things dinosaurs. During this week the children explored the different names of the dinosaurs, herbivores vs. carnivores, what habitats looked like for certain dinosaurs, and studying “fossils”.

The book to kick off this activity was “Dinosaur Bones” by Bob Barner.

dinosaur bones by bob barner

This activity provided skills like:
-Fine motor
-Number Sense
-Measuring
-Cause and Effect
-Exploration and observation

Materials needed:
-Bowl
-Measuring Cups
-Whisk
-Parchment Paper
-Baking Sheet
Dinosaur Fossil (click here for link)

Ingredients:
10-12 fossils
-5c flour
-1 1/4c salt
2c water
Bake at 250 for 45 min

First, we put all the ingredients into our bowl. Be sure to have a big, this is about to get really messy!

First, we put all the ingredients into our bowl. Be sure to have a big, this is about to get really messy!

Second, we give it a nice mix. We used a whisk, but resulted into just getting our hands in their, and it was more fun for the children to get their hands messy.

boy mixing ingredients for art at preschool

Third, we kneaded the dough. You want a playdoh consistency, if it feels like it is still sticky throw a little more flour on it until its perfect. You do not want it to be too sticky because once you stick your fossil figure in it, the dough will get stuck to the figure thus will not leave a clean imprint.

boy pounding dough

Next, have your child make it into a ball and squish it down to make it a circle, enough for your fossil figure to fit onto.

fossil art

Lastly, put parchment paper down on a baking sheet and place it in the middle rack of your oven. No to spray it. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees! You want them to be completely hard before taking them out. If they feel like they are still soft pop them back in the oven for another 15!