Salt Dough Fossils for a Dinosaur Unit

Have you considered adding hands-on engagement to learning vocabulary in reading? Consider making salt dough fossils when learning about dinosaurs or reading about paleontologists.  Find the recipe below.

Salt Dough Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fine salt
  • ½ to ¾ cup water
  • Spoons or spatulas
  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing container

Knead all of the ingredients together by hand and roll into individual balls for each student.

Students should press the balls down on an inexpensive paper plate.  Once the balls are flat and about 1/4" thick they should press a dinosaur down into the dough.  Allow the dough to dry for 5-7 days.  For your convenience, just cut the fossils out with the plate on the back.  Students can then pull the dinosaur off with their fingers, tweezers, popsicle stick or a toothpick.

Enjoy teaching your students what something means through hands-on fun!

For instructions on making dinosaur eggs, check out my Instagram post by clicking on the picture below: