What You Need:
- 1 cup used coffee grounds
- ½ cup cold coffee
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ½ cup salt
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Small objects such as shells and plastic play animals
What You Do:
- Help your child measure the ingredients and begin mixing them together in a bowl. Start with only 1 cup of the flour and add more if the dough is too sticky to work with.
- Have him knead the dough together with his hands, then roll small circles, about 3 inches in diameter.
- Now, have him flatten the rounds using the palm of his hand. Then, encourage him to find an item to press into the fossil dough. Things like leaves, the side of a shell, or feet of plastic play animals leave interesting fossil impressions.
- Allow the dough to dry overnight, and you have your very own set of fossils!
When the fossils are all done, bury them in a sandbox and have your child search for them. The dig area can be roped off, and he can use shovels and brushes to unearth the fossil just like a real paleontologist!