How to make dinosaur footprints

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How to make dinosaur footprints
Get inspired at a dinosaur exhibit. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Follow a morning at a natural history museum by making your own "dinosaur footprints." This craft is easy enough for preschoolers, but it's fun for older kids, too. Talk about dinosaur fossils and footprints using a book or the Internet to help design the print based on real footprints. If your child has a favourite dinosaur, see if she can find its footprint, then have her draw it on paper before making the footprint stamp.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 3 cups of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup water
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paint (optional)

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  1. 1

    Draw an outline of a dinosaur footprint on a piece of cardboard and cut it out.

  2. 2

    Make salt dough by combining 3 cups of flour, 1 1/2 cups of salt and 1 cup of water. Knead it into a dough, adding more water if necessary.

  3. 3

    Press balls of dough onto a sheet of waxed paper in sizes slightly larger than the footprint cutout and about 1 inch thick -- they don't have to be even.

  4. 4

    Press the cutout into the dough. Carefully remove the cutout, leaving a footprint shape. Repeat, or have each child make and press his own footprint cutout.

  5. 5

    Allow the footprints to dry for several days, or dry in an oven heated to 93.3 degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes.

  6. 6

    Paint the footprints when dry, if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use soft modelling clay instead of salt dough, if you prefer.

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