Two nights before dino camp I made a batch of sand and cornstarch fossils. I hadn’t made these in years so I kinda winged it and luckily it turned out fine.
How to Make Sand and Cornstarch Fossils:
Mix 1 cup of sand, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar in a small pot.
Then add 1/2 cup of water and place on the stove over med-low heat.
Stir as you would play dough. (My husband was very worried about the sand in our non-stick saucepan, but we didn’t have an issue at all. Proceed at your own risk and if you have really fancy pots and pans buy one at the Dollar Store or Goodwill.)
Once a dough has formed place it on a wooden cutting board and let it cool a bit.
Once the fossil dough is cool break it into small chunks and hide your bones inside. We used plastic dinosaur skulls I got at Michael’s craft store.
I was lucky enough to get to participate in an actual archeological dig when I was younger and explained how slow and carefully the scientists work so that they do not harm any of the bones or artifacts. The kids did an awesome job using the toothbrush to gently brush away the sand to find their fossils.
When they were done they used the guide that came with the dinosaur skulls to identify which dinosaur they had discovered. Can you say tons of fun? I certainly had a great time and know the kids did too.
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