Roarsome salt dough dinosaur fossils

Nothing tricera–tops this salt dough activity!

Roarsome salt dough dinosaur fossils
by Natalie Keeler

Salt dough – is it difficult? No way! Salt dough is a basic craft recipe that even little kids can make. All you need is flour, water and salt (of course!). And what could be more fun for your toddler or preschooler than making these amazing salt dough fossils?

Top tip: The salt in the dough can be quite drying to your hands, so if you have sensitive skin, you might want to put on a pair of marigolds.

Rather watch than read? Play our step-by-step video below!

You'll need:

  • Salt dough
  • Rolling pin
  • Washable paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Biscuit cutters
  • Small dinosaur toys

How to make salt dough dinosaur fossils

Step 1

Make the salt dough by mixing together plain flour and salt in a bowl and stir, then add water. You can also read our salt dough recipe here.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 175C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a baking tray with baking parchment or foil.

Step 3

Roll the dough to approximately 1cm thick and cut into rounds using a biscuit cutter (or a safe knife). Transfer to the baking sheet.

Step 4

Press the toy dinosaur into the dough so that it leaves an imprint. You could make a few different prints with different dinosaur toys.

Step 5

Bake for 45 minutes until the dough dries out, then paint!

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Learning guide

Playing with salt dough can be a really satisfying, feel-good experience for little ones, and shaping and moulding the dough gets them using all the different muscles in their hands too. While they're busy having fun, they'll also be using maths and science to measure the ingredients and make the dough, and their creativity to paint their fossils! Once they're in the oven, have a browse of our dinosaur activity packs, books, magazines, and toys over on the Giggly shop, featuring brands like Dinosaur Roar and Andy's Amazing Adventures.