In this super quick and easy edible excavation tutorial, we are going to make Awesome Tar Pit Edible Excavations for your young Excavating Adventurer to dig in and enjoy. This tasty treat is inexpensive, super easy to make, and a lot of fun.


Excavating Adventures Pro Tip: This edible excavation activity is a great activity to use to create some excitement around discussions or lessons about dinosaurs, fossils, and paleontology.



Gummy dinosaurs

Box of Jell-o – any color will work

Black food coloring

9 oz clear plastic cups

Plastic spoons, forks, and knives. These will be the excavation tools.



  1. Make the blue Jell-o per the directions on the box. Add several drops of black food coloring.
  2. Place five or six gummy dinosaurs in each cup.
  3. Fill each cup about ¾ of the way full of Jell-o and put in the refrigerator for the recommended amount of time.
  4. Once the Jell-o has fully set, distribute the “excavation tools” and encourage the Excavating Adventurers to dig in and recover the gummy dinosaurs.


Excavating Adventures Pro Tip: Planning a dinosaur themed birthday party? These Awesome Tar Pit Edible Excavations are always a huge hit. Your birthday party guests will love digging into these delicious treats and discovering the gummy dinosaurs hidden inside. You may also want to consider including our Fossil Birthday Digs in your celebration. Each no-prep kit is designed to excite and entertain birthday guest and is filled with fossils and even real dinosaur bones for your guest to discover and collect! Our Excavating Adventures blog also has tons of DIY blog posts if you wanting to make your own excavation activities. Check them out and Happy Excavating!