How to Make A Dinosaur Claw Dig Kit

In this quick and inexpensive tutorial, we are going to show you how to make a Dinosaur Claw 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.





Plaster of Paris


Mixing Bowl

Wooden spoon

Measuring cups

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 claw - You can find these online. 

Altoids tin


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  1. Place the dinosaur claw in the tin.
  2. Mix 1 cups sand with 1/3 cup Plaster of Paris.
  3. Add 1/3 cup of water and mix until you have a pancake batter consistency.
  4. Pour the mixture over the dinosaur claw.  
  5. Place the Dinosaur Claw Dig Kit in front of a fan overnight until it is completely dry. 
  6. Distribute the excavation, excavation tools, and safety goggles to your Excavating Adventurer and have fun watching them dig in and discover the fun dinosaur claw you have hidden inside.


Claws Unleashed: Fascinating Facts About Dinosaur Claws!

Fun Facts about Dinosaur Claws:

  1. Dinosaur claws came in all shapes and sizes. Some were long and sharp, while others were shorter and more robust.

  2. Velociraptor had one of the most famous claws in the dinosaur world. It had a sickle-shaped claw on each foot that could grow up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) long!

  3. The claws of certain dinosaurs, like Deinonychus, were so deadly that they were used for hunting and slashing prey.

  4. Some dinosaurs, such as Therizinosaurus, had incredibly long and curved claws that could reach lengths of over 3 feet (1 meter)!

  5. Dinosaur claws were not only used for hunting but also for defense. They could be used to ward off predators or as a means of communication.

  6. Some dinosaur claws had a hook-like shape, allowing them to latch onto prey or grab onto tree trunks for climbing.

  7. Claws of certain herbivorous dinosaurs, like Iguanodon, were more blunt and rounded compared to the sharp and curved claws of carnivorous dinosaurs.

  8. Dinosaur claws were made of keratin, the same material that makes up our hair and fingernails.

  9. The shape and size of dinosaur claws varied depending on the dinosaur's lifestyle, feeding habits, and environment.

  10. The largest dinosaur claw ever discovered belongs to a theropod dinosaur called Acrocanthosaurus. It measures around 7 inches (18 centimeters) long!

  11. Some dinosaur claws have been found preserved in fossilized form, providing scientists with valuable insights into their structure and function.

  12. Dinosaur claws continue to amaze us with their incredible adaptations, showcasing the diverse world of these prehistoric creatures.

Remember, dinosaur claws were not only fearsome tools for survival but also fascinating features that help us understand the amazing diversity of the dinosaur kingdom!


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