Dinosaurs are fascinating creatures for children and adults. Children enjoy studying about the giants by doing worksheets, colouring pages and reading books at home or school. Hands-on demonstrations inspire class participation in their studies. You can make a dinosaur footprint from clay that resembles a fossil for children to touch and study. Children can also make plaster casts from your clay footprint. Older children can take part in making the imprints in the clay for their own dinosaur footprints.
Flatten a large piece of clay onto a clean work surface. The clay should be at least 2 inches thick.
Look at photos of fossilised dinosaur tracks to use as a guide for toe and pad shapes. Some shapes are similar to the three-toed seagull tracks that you can see on the beach.
Press kitchen tools and small toys deep into the clay to create the shapes of dinosaur tracks. Pull the tools and toys out of the surface of the clay.
Use the back of a spoon or knife handle to widen or shape the dinosaur tracks in the clay.
Air dry or bake the clay according to manufacturer's directions.
Paint the dried hard clay with brown acrylic paint. Allow it to dry. Paint over the brown colour with black paint. Rub the black paint down into the deepest part of the indentations with a soft cloth. Some of the brown paint will be exposed. Allow the paint to dry. Spray the painted dinosaur footprint with acrylic sealant to give it a glossy appearance.
Coat the sealed dinosaur footprint with cling film or oil. Help a child pour plaster of Paris onto it to make a casting. Allow the plaster to harden before removing it.
Tips and warnings
- Coat the sealed dinosaur footprint with cling film or oil. Help a child pour plaster of Paris onto it to make a casting. Allow the plaster to harden before removing it.
Things you need
- Modelling clay
- Kitchen tools
- Small toys
- Acrylic paint (black, brown, white)
- Acrylic sealant