In case you missed yesterday’s post, we are focusing on dinosaur fun around here this week. We kicked off with a dino-themed dessert recipe, and for our second day of all things dino, I planned a DIY activity – Jurassic Fossil Dough.
One thing I love about this fossil dough recipe is that it requires only three kid-safe ingredients – flour, salt, and brewed coffee with the grounds. Make a little extra coffee and enjoy a cup for yourself while you watch the kiddos play.
Jurassic Fossil Dough
Gather up your ingredients and their favorite little dinosaur toys and you’ll be ready to go. I based my salt dough recipe off this one with a couple of small changes to get just the right consistency and look.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 1/4 cup brewed coffee grounds
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee, cold
- Combine flour, salt, and coffee grounds in a medium bowl until well-mixed.
- Slowly add brewed coffee until dough forms.
Once your kids are done playing, the fossil dough can be stored in an airtight container to reuse again a different day.
In addition to using the plastic dinos to make imprints, we used some of the little dinosaur skeletons that are in the new Jurassic Kinder Joy eggs. Bubbles loves those eggs, and she was really excited when we spotted the Jurassic World ones at the store.
Bubbles interest in creating fossils came partly from the I Dig It! Dinos Glow-in-the-Dark Pterosaur Excavation Kit she played with a few days ago. She had an insane amount of fun with this kit, just tap-tap-tapping away with the included mallet and chisel to dig out all the pterosaur bones.
If you happen to have plastic Easter eggs left over, they’d be great to use to form dinosaur eggs, too. Just fill the Easter eggs with the fossil dough and slip a little dinosaur in before completely forming.