|Encourage your budding Paleontologist with these cool fossil stones!|
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup used coffee grounds (set out overnight to dry)
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/4 cup sand
- 3/4 cup water
- Small toys (We used small, plastic dinosaurs.)
- "Tools" to break open stones. (We used toothbrushes and wooden craft spoons.)
- In a medium sized bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Slowly add water, stirring until the mixture forms a dough.
- Roll a piece of the dough into a ball about the size of a baseball. Use your finger to bore a hole to the center, push in small toy, then seal hole back up with more dough.
- Repeat with remaining dough.
- Place stones on baking sheet and cook for 40 minutes at 170 degrees. Let cool before breaking open.
|Assembly line of dinosaur hunters|
I found this craft in Family Fun magazine and it was one of the crafts from Elliott's 3rd birthday. (Dinosaur party.) I ended up making several batches of it because I wanted each child to have two stones to break open and because the dinosaur figures proved a bit difficult to cover with all their long tails and necks.
These were so easy and really fun to make. The recipe is perfect for young kids to help with. I was very nervous about putting plastic in the oven (!!!) and even did some searching on the Internet before I got the guts to do it. But, no problems. The temperature of the oven was actually so low, that the baking sheet probably could have been picked up without a pot holder. (But, DUH, don't try that!)
Really cool project!
|Connor totally "dug" it!|
|Christian wouldn't touch it with his bare hands!|