Dinosaur Sensory Bins

Dinosaur Fossil Excavation

IMG_20160331_102023404We bought super fine play sand click the link to see which we bought. We aslo purchased these Ancient Fossils but you can also make your own like I did here when we made our own fossils.

IMG_20160331_102030477Then we added paint brushes buried the ancient fossils and let the kids excavate.

IMG_20160331_102236926They loved discovering the buried fossils.

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IMG_20160331_102335271We ended up adding some glass beads as well for added texture and fun.

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IMG_20160331_102810799We used our Moon Sand Recipe here with a cocoa variation

IMG_20160331_104456212In this table we used the Prehistoric Mammals skulls.

IMG_20160331_104500045We set out molds and also showed how you can pack the moon sand around a skull

IMG_20160331_104511669Then break it open and find what you are looking for prehistoric fossils

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IMG_20160331_104529618This table is a favorite!

IMG_20160331_104532878The table below is very similar to the first table except we used thicker sand from our sand box. We definitely prefer the finer sand we used up above for the sensory table excavation. But if you forgot to go buy the nicer sand improvise with what you have!


Materials Needed:
Play Sand
Dino Skulls from Safari LTD
Paint Brushes

Let the children excavate the dinosaur skulls with their brushes. They can gently rush away the sand to uncover the fossils hidden below.

Here are the dino skulls they are looking for
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Dinosaur Excavation in Preschool

Picture 1168We buried dinosaur bones in the sand box. They are actually cow femur bones. To clean them you can boil and then simmer them  for around 24 hours on each side in apple cider vinegar. Just to warn you the smell is AWFUL! and it seeps into everything my house will never be the same. Some butchers have a machine that will completely clean it for you ask around.

Picture 1159The kids dug up the bones and then carted them off to the museum. They then decided which animal each bone went to and sorted them out accordingly!

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Dinosaur Fossil Fizzy Slime

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fizzy slime

We made fizzy slime! It was amazing.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of white vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons xantham gum (I bought mine at Sprouts) a local health food store
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Enough baking soda to cover the bottom of your tub

Directions

  1. Pour the vinegar and xanthan gum into a bowl. Whisk vigorously I used my kitchen aid or you can whisk by hand. Add food coloring, if desired, and continue to mix together.
  2. At this point, your slime may have lots of little white clumps of xanthan gum in it. These will slowly combine with the rest of the solution you have created, so put the slime in the fridge overnight. I have left this solution in the frdge for 48 hours and it works great so don’t be afraid to make a day or 2 ahead of time.
  3. Whisk the slime until it’s smooth. It should be cloudy, and the texture should look almost creamy. But gooey.
  4. Test the consistency by lifting some of the slime up on the whisk and letting it run back into the bowl. If it’s too thick to run and pour, whisk in a little extra vinegar to thin it out.
  5. Pour the slime over the baking soda in your tub and enjoy! This is super important. Dont forget this step or you will miss out on all the fizzing and bubbles.
Not the best pictures. But this was an absolute favorite. The kids loved this one. Watching all the fizzing and bubbles is amazing

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Making Fossils


We made fossils! We used this Salt Dough Recipe to make them

The kids rolled out the dough and used a biscuit cutter to cut out circles

They then pushed small dinosaur toys into the dough to create imprints

We then baked them and let them harden



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Archaeology Preschool Style

We did some dino excavating it was a lot of fun. We had the kids dig chocolate chips out of chocolate chip cookies with toothpick “picks”

Once out the chocolate chips were gobbled up

Digging dino’s out of ice. the kids used hammers and popsicle sticks they were allowed to get the dino’s out however they wanted adding new tools if they wanted etc.