DIY Dinosaur Fossils for Kids
July 17, 2018

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DIY Dinosaur Fossils for Kids

This month’s Pinterest Challenge topic was an easy one! With my son’s dinosaur themed 6th birthday party coming up I knew I’d be doing lots of Pinterest research. I totally fell in love with this pin for salt dough DIY Dinosaur Fossils from Laura at Make Life Lovely! A big thank you to our Pinterest Challenge host Erlene at My Pinterventures for encouraging us to actually make some of these great pins we save!!

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Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils Supply List 

Salt dough and plastic dinosaurs to DIY dinosaur fossils

This is SUCH an easy one you guys!

DIY Dinosaur Fossils Simple Steps

T-Rex imprint on DIY Dinosaur Fossils

Step 1: Roll Balls

Roll your dough into balls the size of a ping pong ball.

Step 2: Flatten

Flatten with the palm of your hand to create a cookie shape

Step 3: Imprint

Dinosaur footprint on salt dough DIY dinosaur fossils

Use your dinosaur toys to create impressions in the dough. My favorite are these dino feet but the T-Rex head and Brontosaurus neck turned out pretty well too.

Step 4: Bake 

Salt dough DIY dinosaur fossils on cookie sheet

Bake on cookie sheet at 250 degrees for 2 hours or until dry and hard. The color will lighten as they dry.

Step 5: Enjoy!

These are easy enough for your kids to do with you or for you as an activity in and of themselves. But they are even better when incorporated into a dinosaur dig site where budding Paleontologists can try their hand at prehistoric discovery. This is the perfect activity for a dinosaur birthday or class activity at school.

Pinterest image for DIY Dinosaur fossils for a dino dig party activity

If you try these DIY Dinosaur Fossils, let me know! I’d love to see how yours turn out. Just know that when kids are involved….your definition of “perfect” has to be fluid! Much of the joy is found in the journey. This recovering perfectionist momma is slowly figuring that out! If I haven’t inspired you to stop saving and start DOING, the rest of my friends in this month’s hop might…

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Until next time my friend,

Halfpint Design, personal headshot, Bri Adams

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Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

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Debbee – Debbee’s Buzz • Laurie – My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Bri – Halfpint Design • Julie – Sum of their Stories
Marie – DIY Adulation • T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet
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•  Sam Raggedy Bits


  1. KTong

    This is too fun!! I’m having a Dino Dig party for my sweet boy’s 5th birthday! Would it be possible to make the dough ahead of time? I’m not sure making the dough during the party would work out! But maybe that’s the only way?

  2. Sarina

    These are so fun! I bet the kids loved this activity!

  3. Holly

    What a fabulous DIY! They really do look like fossils!

  4. Carolina

    Om so these look so so good!!! I need to make some for me!!

  5. Lori

    Oh Bri!! These are so cute!! My boys would have adored these when they were little!!

  6. Beth

    Love this interactive activity to do with the kids! Putting this on my list of great activities for the next rainy summer day with the kids! Thanks, Bri!

  7. Susan

    Oh my god Bri! Thank you for sharing this diy ! I need to try these with my boys ??

  8. Sew Crafty Crochet

    Omg! These dinosaur fossils are such a fun idea! My daughter and I were just talking about dinosaurs a couple days ago.

  9. Kelley

    Very cute, would be great for a Jurassic Park party!

  10. Erlene

    This is such a perfect activity for kids. It’s fun that they can make the impression and then you can bury it and have them dig it up. There are so many possibilities with this…make a magnet, ornaments, wall art, etc…Pinned.

  11. Michelle James

    Wow! These are seriously so cool! My nephew loved dinosaurs when he was younger and would have gotten a kick out of these! Great project!

  12. roseann hampton

    Cute idea! I bet your son and his friends will have a great time with these!

  13. Sam

    This is such a FUN idea!! My son would have loved this for his dinosaur party! I bet your son and his friends had a blast!

  14. Toni | Small Home Soul

    What a cute idea! This is great for a kid’s party activity or just to put in their goodie bag. I really like the one with the dinosaur’s profile and paw imprint, it looks frozen in time. Love it!

  15. Gail

    These are too cute, Bri, and I’m sure your son and friends will have a blast at his dinosaur party!

  16. Jenny

    These look like so much fun! Haha yes when doing stuff with kids you just have to roll with it sometimes. Looking forward to see his dinosaur party!

  17. Debrashoppeno5

    What fun the kids are going to have. From making the fossils to digging them up it is sure to be a blast.

  18. mommyhon333

    I appreciate what you said about perfection having to be fluid where kids are involved. I am a retired elementary librarian. Always wanted to do some kind of ‘dig’ in the library when my students studied dinos. I am thinking these would be perfect for the kids to dig up. Maybe just in a plastic bin filled with sand or dirt. The kids could uncover them, use ‘tools’ to clean up the fossils and then match the head fossil with the footprint for that dino. Now to get myself hired somewhere as a sub librarian where I can put my idea into action!! Pinning for that day!

  19. rawsonjl

    I bet these are going to be a huge hit! What a fun birthday party theme. Pinned.

  20. Debbee

    Bri, how very clever and cute! My sons would have LOVED this when they were little. I still have saved all their dinosaurs. Filing this in my When I Have Grandkids board.

  21. Katrin

    What a fun DIY. My kindergarten kids would love this too!!


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