ABC Games: Alphabet Fossils

Activity for ages 3 to 5.

ABC Games are a great way to teach and reinforce alphabet skills. I am always looking for inspiration and a few weeks ago a dinosaur exhibit came to town.  One of my five year old’s favorite activities was the fossil dusting tables – big sand tables with “bones” the kids had to find. I was excited to recreate this at home… with a little ABC games twist.

ABC Games: Alphabet Fossils!!

First, we created a batch of salt dough clay. {This recipe from Spoonful is a good one.}

Alphabet Fossils!! {Playdough to Plato}

Then I 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.}

We left our fossils out to dry over several days but you could also pop them in the oven if you’re short on time.


ABC Games: Alphabet Fossils

When the fossils were ready, I pulled out an old paintbrush, buried the fossils in my son’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.  Once he found them all, we started playing different ABC games. I had him put them into alphabetical order. Then I asked him if he could spell any words.

Building words with alphabet fossils. So fun!! {Playdough to Plato}

My dinosaur fan loved our alphabet fossil hunt and I hope yours will too!

Find More ABC Games


For more ABC games fun, try out our printable Alphabet Mega Pack, ABC Fireman Spray and Pushpin ABCs.


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Jen Rice

Jen is a mom of two {ages 5 and 1} who loves cross stitching, surfing Pinterest and finding fun and creative ways to get her kids learning.

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  1. Tammy Wood says:

    What a great idea! I love this and plan to make it for my kindergarten class to use next year. Thank you!!

  2. This is a really unique way to explore letters! Thanks for sharing on the Discover and Explore linky!

  3. This is such a fun way to incorporate literacy into play. Thank you for sharing in the Discover & Explore linky. I’m featuring this post today on Fantastic Fun and Learning.

  4. That is SOOO creative! My kids will love this! Thanks for the idea!

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