Help your kids explore and feel like archaeologist digging up fossils

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Digging up Fossils

Our kids spend hours playing like they are digging up fossils. They go on hunts for them in the backyard too. We start by making putting them in the ground and allowing them to harden up. Not in normal dirt although you could do that. But we place them in a large baking pan. We add in a bowl equal parts sand or loose dirt to plaster of paris and mix in the water to a thick slurry. And push the dinosaurs down into the dirt in various positions. Then set it out to let it harden for a day or two. And then set the pan outside or on the table with a table cloth under it, and let the kids being exploring.  You can even have them try and dig it out so that they can match it to photos of the dinosaurs in their favorite book.

This activity is perfect for all kids.

Not only the ones who love dinosaurs but all of them because they can explore and search.  It challenges them and is like opening a new gift every time.

Now you could get a premade kit. And that is how we started in the beginning. The tools come with it and the dinosaur is pre-buried. And then you can use the same dirt and wet it with some more plaster of paris if you’d like.

For much younger kids like three and four sometimes just loose dirt is best for their little hands.

Then after they are all done playing with it, you can remake the dirt and re-bury the dinosaurs again for the next time they want to explore.

smithsonian excavation fossil dig

Smithsonian Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex

  • Dig up a plastic skeleton of a t-ren
  • Waiting to be unearthed
  • Assemble the bones
  • Into a cool t-rex
  • Detailed instructions

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plastic dinosaurAssorted Dinosaur Fossil Skeleton 5-6″ Figures, 12-Piece

Set of Dinosaur Skeletons includes twelve different 3 dimensional figures that stand up to 4-3/4 Inch tall or 6 Inch long. They’re made from flexible plastic and can stand up on their own. Great fun indoors or out. You can even have a prehistoric dig and bury these “fossil like” figures and dig them back up, wash them off and play some more – great fun digging up fossils.

  • 6″ – 7″ Long
  • Fossil Skeleton
  • Assorted Dinosaurs
  • Fun to the bone!
  • Size: From 4-3/4″ tall up to 6 Inch long
  • Great party favors
  • Fun items for pretend play


metal fossil dig toolsSE DD312 12-Piece Stainless Steel Carvers Set

These are so much fun for the older kids. They get to pretend like they are actually using real tools on real bones as they pick the dirt out of the skeletons.

  • Durable & long-lasting stainless steel construction
  • Double-sided for a variety of shapes & uses
  • Great for carving, shaping, modeling, cutting & scraping


plaster of paris
Dap Plaster of Paris Box Molding Material, 4.4-Pound, White

  • Great for plaster repairs; hobby molds; and casts
  • Sets in 20-30 minutes
  • Can be painted with any oil or latex-based paint

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