TRICERATOPS DIG KIT
In this quick and inexpensive tutorial, we are going to show you how to make a Triceratops 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.
Plastic Triceratops toy - You can find these in dinosaur toy assortments or purchase them individually online.
Any small container that will fit your Triceratops 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 sour cream container.
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- Rinse out the sour cream container.
- Place the Triceratops toy in the container.
- Mix 1 cups sand with 1/3 cup Plaster of Paris.
- Add 1/3 cup of water and mix until you have a pancake batter consistency.
- Pour the mixture over the Triceratops toy. The toy may try to float. Simply wait about five minutes and push the toy back below the surface of the excavation.
- Place the Triceratops 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 Triceratops toy you have hidden inside.
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