DIG A TYRANNOSAURUS REX KIT
In this quick and inexpensive tutorial, we are going to show you how to make a Dig A Tyrannosaurus Rex Kit. These excavations are super easy to make and are a great teaching resource to include in your next lesson or discussion about dinosaurs, fossils, paleontology, and more.
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Plaster of Paris
Popsicle sticks – Popsicle sticks are inexpensive, readily available, and make great excavation tools.
Safety goggles or glasses – You we need to provide or borrow a set for each student.
Optional – Brushes and magnifying glasses.
Plastic Tyrannosaurus Rex toy - You can find these in dinosaur toy assortments or purchase them individually online.
Any small container that will fit your Tyrannosaurus Rex toy and allow room for the plaster mixture will work. I love rummaging through recycle bins for fun and unique containers I can use for excavations. For this tutorial I will use a plastic coffee can as my Tyrannosaurus Rex is pretty large.
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- Place the Tyrannosaurus Rex toy in the coffee can.
- Mix 3 cups sand with 1 cup Plaster of Paris.
- Add 1 cup of water and mix until you have a pancake batter consistency.
- Pour the mixture over the Tyrannosaurus Rex toy. The toy may try to float. Simply wait about five minutes and push the toy back below the surface of the excavation.
- Make more mixture if needed until you are able to fill the container and cover the toy.
- Place the Dig A Tyrannosaurus Rex Kit in front of a fan overnight until it is completely dry.
- Distribute the excavation, excavation tools, and safety goggles to your Excavating Adventurer and have fun watching them dig in and discover the fun Tyrannosaurus Rex toy you have hidden inside.
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