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5 Dinosaur Crafts That
Kids Will Love
Keep kids engaged and learning with these dinosaur crafts and activities. Make your own fossils from clay, excavate dinos like a real paleontologist and even hatch a dino egg in a cool science experiment!
  DIY dinosaur fossils
Supplies needed:
• Air dry clay
• Brown or black ink pad
• Small plastic dinosaurs or plastic dinosaur skeletons • Optional: makeup sponge
Instructions:
Roll a ball of clay slightly larger than the dinosaur. Flatten the clay with your hand to about a half-inch thickness. Leave the edges and surface uneven, this adds to the look of old rock.
Next, press the dino into the clay to make an impression. Remove the dino and allow the clay to dry. When the clay is dry, use your fingers or a makeup sponge to
rub ink lightly over the surface (not inside the imprint) of the “fossil.” This makes the imprint stand out as well as giving it an aged look.
Try this technique with other toys as well. You can make footprint fossils with a larger dino toy, or make fossils from other animals, shells and plants.
By Tiffany Doerr Guerzon
  Hatching dino eggs
Ingredients (per egg):
• 1/2 cup baking soda
• 2 Tbs food grade powdered citric acid
(found in grocery stores near the canning
supplies)
• 1 to 2 tsp oil
• Small plastic toy dinos
• Liquid food coloring
• Large bowl to “hatch” eggs in • Small bowl to mix eggs in
Make the dough:
Put baking soda in a bowl and add food color if using. Mix and knead
the color in with your fingers until the color is distributed. This will color your fingers, but it washes off.
Add citric acid and mix in with spoon.
Add 1 tsp oil and work it into the dough with your fingers.
At this point the dough will be dry and crumbly, similar in texture to the product “Moon Sand.” You will know when it is ready when you can squeeze the dough in your hand and it holds to- gether. Add more oil, one teaspoon at a time until it holds together and can be molded into a ball.
Put the dinos in the eggs:
Scoop half of the dough in the palm of one hand and then press a dino into it. Cover dino with the rest of the dough and squeeze the dough in both hands until it sticks together. Notice that the dough is cold to the touch. The baking soda and citric acid react in an endo- thermic reaction, absorbing heat from the surrounding environment.
Now you can hatch your egg imme- diately!
To hatch:
Fill a large bowl with water. Drop in egg and watch the fizzing begin! All of the dough will dissolve, leaving
the dino.
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