By Jen, Contributing Writer
Hi Playdough to Plato readers! My name is Jen and I’m so excited to join the P to P team. I’ll be guest posting here a couple times a month with some activities you all will hopefully enjoy with your littles!
A few weeks ago a dinosaur exhibit came through town and we took our five year old son to check it out. He really enjoyed it and one of his favorite activities was the fossil dusting tables. Basically they had big sand tables with “bones” buried for the kids to find. They also provided paint brushes for the kids to dust the bones with which I think really made the whole activity. I decided to try to recreate this at home…with a little learning twist.
We created alphabet fossils for C to discover and dust. I found a salt and flour clay recipe online — I forgot to bookmark which recipe we used but there are a ton online.
C had fun helping me mix it all up.
I then rolled out small circles and used our magnetic alphabet letters as “stamps” to imprint the letters.
If you don’t have these, you can use a butter knife or toothpick to “write” out the letters in the clay. We lost our M so, if you look in the pic below, you can see where I created my own M.
I also made a little dinosaur — we named him Bob.
We were going out of town so I left the tray of fossils out to dry for the week we were gone.
When we came back they were perfectly dry and fossil-like! I got out an old paintbrush, buried the fossils in C’s sandbox and set him to digging.
He loved it. He very meticulously dusted off each letter and then placed each one on the table and as he discovered more I asked him if he could spell any words.
His first word!
Once he found them all, we put them into alphabetical order.
I only made one of each letter but I wish I had made more — especially the vowels and more “popular” letters.
Have fun digging! If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know!
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