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DIY Fossilized Dinos



The weather has been scorching the past couple of days. I'm talking temperatures in the 90's and it seems like there's no end in sight. I recently checked the weather report and saw that the next few days it's going to be a few more days of 90 degree weather upon us. While I don't mind the heat, and this is a dry heat, not one filled with humidity, I still prefer temperatures in the 60's and 70's. Spring is just right but my allergies detest spring so summer it is and it's easy to stay cool. Just take off a layer or two. However a few months ago Madison and I took a trip to the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center here in Colorado, and Madison decided that she wanted to become a paleontologist. While we know that kids change their minds a lot faster than they change their clothing in the summer, I decided to oblige her and get her a few mini dinosaurs when we visited the gift shop. She has been playing with them but with the heat I decided to do something different. I decided to fossilized her dinos, after all, what better way to cool down and do a bit of paleontology work at the same time.

DIY Fossilized Dinos

Materials Needed:


Toy dinos or animals of choice
Balloons
Ziploc bags
Water
Hammer
Safety Googles

(while I purchased our dinos at the dino center, you can purchase small toys and the balloons/ziploc bags at your local dollar store)


Instructions:

Now the instructions are so simple that I don't feel there's a need to actually share pictures, but some of my readers are visual learners, and there are children who might be googling this so here goes.

Step 1: Add your toy animals to your balloon or ziploc bags, whichever you prefer to use. We decided to use them both.


Step 2: Fill your balloon and/or zioploc bags with water and tie and seal. For the balloons, I simply placed the opening of the balloon over the tap and opened to fill. I also did this outdoors because this is a very wet process, obviously.


Step 3: Once you've sealed off your balloons and/or ziploc bags, place them in the freezer for a few hours or overnight until frozen solid.



NOW THE FUN BEGINS!

Step 4: Remove your frozen fossil (ice) from their protective covering. In this case your balloons and/or ziploc bags. Since this is ice it's going to be cold so be prepared to have frozen hands. It might be recommended to wear gloves but I didn't.



Step 5: Have your kids put on their protected googles to protect their eyes from the ice, and give them a hammer. With younger children you're going to want to be careful and guide them in the proper use of a hammer. For very young children you can break it for them and then place your frozen fossil in the sun so they can see it melt away. Bigger kids however, will have a blast chipping the ice away to reveal their fossil.



That's it! Super easy!

You can have your children identify their dinosaurs that they've excavated from the ice, this is a great way to learn your dinosaurs. It's also a great way to cool down in the summer heat.



Let's discuss: What other ways can you think of to learn about dinosaurs?


Annmarie John
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  1. This is such a fun idea - I can't believe how easy it is, yet I bet it can make for hours of fun, trying to find what it is in the ice. x

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    1. Yes it can be and it's so relaxing. Pretend that you're getting rid of stress by banging on ice. :)

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  2. Oh this is a super fun idea! I can see this being a hit at a birthday party too

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    1. You bet! The kids would have loads of fun.

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  3. That's a great way to explore and play AND cool off on a hot summer day. Great idea!

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    1. Yes it really is and since it was so hot outdoors the kids had a lot of fun.

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  4. This is such a fun idea. My kids were both obsessed with dinosaurs when they were little.

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    1. Mine still is and I don't blame him. Dinosaurs sure are fascinating.

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  5. My 9 year old would even love this idea only she would want to put her my little ponys in ice cubes because that is what she is obsessed with.

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    1. That's the thing Amanda, you can put whatever you like in the ice that the kids love. Make it your own.

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  6. I used to do this with the children in my childcare program. I should totally prepare this activity for my girls! They would love it!

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    1. Oh you should Jennifer. Your girls would have a blast. I'm pretty sure Madison knows the names of the dinos a lot better than I do now.

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  7. That is such a neat idea! I like your suggestion on having them name them as they're excavated too.

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    1. Yes that was a great idea and so we made it a learning experience as well.

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  8. Now this is an awesome little project for the kids. I love that you can make different shapes to excavate with balloons and plastic bags!

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    1. It sure is and you sure can. Maybe it might be a class in shapes as well. :)

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  9. It was 114 here today in Eastern San Diego County-- this would be the perfect game for the little ones to cool off and have some fun.

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    1. OMGoodness, did you say 114? I don't know if I could survive in that kind of weather and it's officially just the beginning of summer. We're in the 90's and it's just too hot for me. :(

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  10. These would be so much fun for a kids birthday party! Watching "Night At The Museum" is another fun way to learn about dinosaurs. :)

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    1. That sure is another way and a very fun way too!

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  11. I absolutely love this idea! I have a son who loves dinosaurs and rocks. So him thinking he is excavating fossils would be so much fun for him!

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    1. Oh yes he would really love this. Madison had a lot of fun!

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  12. This is such a fun activity for kids. I did something similar to this when the kids were younger and they loved finding all the hidden treasures.

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    1. I think that most kids did this when they were younger. I remember freezing items such as leaves etc in ice myself growing up.

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  13. It's a great way to get the kids to explore and experience great findings! Love it!

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  14. Ooooo now this is a cleaver idea! My disgusted would love this. Definitely adding this activity to our summer fun!

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    1. I'm thinking you meant your daughter, and not your disgusted. lol. I'm sure that she'd love it.

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  15. This is a great idea. It would be a great activity in the summer. It would help keep the kids cool.

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  16. What a cute idea. My boys would love this, we did this years ago minus the balloons - nice touch!

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    1. The balloons made it so much easier and it was a little easier excavating when it looks like an egg.

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  17. Wow, I like this idea. My son loves dinosaur and this will surely excite him!

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    1. Awww so happy to hear that maybe you now have an idea of something to do this summer.

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  18. I always wanted to take my kids to one such resource center as they are so keen on visiting such places. This is such a wonderful DIY work to get that Fossilized Dinos done out of some simple toys & items. Kids would be so excited when they find their dinosaurs that came out of the ice & it is so much fun as well.

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    1. Oh yes it is. Madison had a great time chipping away until she got it done. :)

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  19. now this is a fun project. My nephews would love to make these - too cool

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    1. Thank you Laura and have fun with them. You'll enjoy it too.

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  20. This is such a cute idea, especially since most kids are fascinated with dinosaurs and fossils. As an educator, I can just imagine some of the Science extension activities that would come from this activity.

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    1. Oh yes, there are lots of ways to enjoy this simple activity, and lots of ways to learn from it too.

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  21. What a great way to teach kids about dinosaurs. Makes it fun and educational

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    1. Yes it really does. Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. This is genius! I think it would be fun for a dino-themed party, but also just a playdate or time spent at home on a hot day. Absolutely love it.

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    1. Thank you Tamara. You know me, I don't like doing anything that takes up too much time but you might want to freeze them overnight since it does take some time.

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  23. I love this so much! I can imagine just how much fun kids have playing little archaeologists. So creative!

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    1. Oh yes they most certainly had a lot of fun.

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  24. So glad to see safety first while having fun! lol I'm thinking of doing this with my son too this summer. Today was his last day of school and he is already getting antsy lol ARG!

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    1. Oh I totally get that and yes please remember those safety googles. Madison was wearing wrap around sunglasses.

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  25. How fun! We have used the kits you can buy at the store but this looks more fun...not to mention cheaper!

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    1. Oh most certainly cheaper. You can get your supplies at the dollar store and it would only cost about $3. :)

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