Spotting Salt Dough Fossils in the Staff Room

Whilst on a school visit to conduct two dinosaur workshops with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) classes at our school in Yorkshire, our sharp-eyed dinosaur expert spotted some super salt dough fossils made by the Reception-aged children.

Salt Dough Fossils on Display

Dinosaur salt dough fossils spotted at a school.
Dinosaur salt dough fossils spotted at a school. Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur.

Picture credit: Everything Dinosaur

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Toy Dinosaurs Used to Make Salt Dough Fossils

Salt dough is made by combining plain flour with salt in a ratio of 2.5 to 1 (two and a half cups of flour to a one cup of salt), place the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine using a little water until a doughy consistency is created.

Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it until it is very pliable then push a dinosaur model into the salt dough to create an impression of the prehistoric animal.  These can be placed onto a baking tray and baked at 180 degrees Celsius (gas mark 4), for a few minutes to permit the dough to dry out.  Remove from the oven and place on a cooling tray, perhaps they can be left overnight.

Children can then collect their own fossil, which can be marked with their name using a felt pen, these make a fantastic display in an impromptu dinosaur museum that has been set up in the classroom.

Our congratulations to Royal and Supreme classes for their beautiful fossils.

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