DINO SKULL DIG KIT
In this quick and inexpensive tutorial, we are going to show you how to make a Dino Skull Dig 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.
Imitation Dinosaur skulls - You can find these online. I found some dinosaur pencil toppers that looked really cool and worked great for this excavation activity.
Any small container that will fit your dinosaur skulls 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 an aluminum pie tin.
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- Place the dinosaur skulls in the pie tin.
- 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 dinosaur skulls. The skulls may try to float. Simply wait about five minutes and push the skulls back below the surface of the excavation.
- Make more mixture if needed until you are able to fill the container and cover the skulls.
- Place the Dino Skull Dig 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 dinosaur skulls you have hidden inside.
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