Friday, August 8, 2008

Make your own Fossils

Make your own Fossils
What you need:

* clay
* items to imprint
* leaves
* coins
* bugs

Make a rock or plaque shape from the clay or use the dough recipe (included below). Use water to make a smooth surface. Make imprints with different objects. Try leaves, coins, shells, or even a small toy. When it dries, rub on a bit shoe polish and acrylic sealer to make it last for months and months. Bury them in sand or dirt and have a expedition to dig up fossils like an archaeologist. Combine with a treasure hunt, and use as clues to a treasure.

Dough Recipe
* 1/2 C Salt
* 1 C Flour
* 1 C Water
* 1 Tbsp oil
* 2 tsp. cream of tartar

Mix all ingredients in a pot and stir over medium heat. Mixture will be soupy with lumps, suddenly it will form into a ball. Remove from heat, and knead on a non-stick surface. Useful for many types of projects. Store in fridge, or allow creations to air dry.

My kids are in the process of doing this today, hopefully I can take some decent pictures to share with you.

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