Salt Dough Fossil Puzzle

When we made the Dinosaur kindergarten pack with Cassie at 3 Dinosaurs I knew I wanted to do something with fossils.  I suddenly remembered the salt dough creations from Tired, Need Sleep and knew I had it!  I mixed the salt dough together and then added in some curry to make it look a bit more like sand/rock.  The curry also made it smell pretty good!

Salt Dough Recipe:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water

Mix until dough forms.  Bake at 200 for an hour or 2, depending on how thick your creation is.

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I used wax paper so that I wouldn’t have a salt dough mess on the table.  I rolled out the dough and then cut it in little circles using the lid from some peach containers.  Then we carefully pushed the dinosaurs into the dough and removed them.
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I had the boys do their own dinosaurs.  They each had 4 to do.  I had to help them be gentle enough that they didn’t push the dinosaurs all the way through!
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Royal needed more help than Baloo, but he also made some good imprints!
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I let the fossils bake for about 45 minutes.  They were not completely dry but we weren’t planning on keeping them forever so I didn’t swear it. 

Once they were cooled off I let the boys match the dinosaurs to their fossil!  We made a few track waves (foot prints) so we tried to match the dino to the footprint too.
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Baloo was all about the matching!
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They fit in really well!
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Royal was less interested.  He really just wanted to play with the dinosaurs…
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And eat the “cookies”.  He didn’t think they were too salty surprisingly…
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Logi-Bear enjoyed playing with the fossils and dinosaurs too…he’s much too young for the matching aspect though.
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Make sure to check out our other dinosaur activities and the dinosaur Kindergarten pack!

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