Making Dinosaur Skeleton Bones

A great topic for both boys and girls! My boys love Dinosaurs, so we bought some really cool shaped biscuit cutters that included the bone structures! We decided not to make biscuits – and used Air Dry Clay instead!

dinosaur bones - air dry clay

We rolled out our air dry clay to about 5mm thick. We then pushed our dinosaur bone cookie cutters into the clay and wiggled it a little. Wiggling helps to loosen the clay a little so that they come out of the cutters a little easier. We got our shaped cutters from Ebay.

Once we had cut out all the Dinosaurs, we left them to dry for a good 24hrs. We then painted them with washes of paint – we got some good effects using very watered down paint as it fell into the bone shapes and looked darker in those parts.

We also used our cutters in play dough. Our play dough is from: Little Munchkins. It even smells of Rhubarb!

little munchkins play dough dinosaur bones

After we had painted our air dry clay shapes, we then took them out into the garden and created a small world discover tray to explore. We included sand and small cookie cutters, a spoon for digging and a magnifying glass. I added a book to read in the shade too. My boys were engaged in this for a good half an hour – burying the bones and some hidden treasure too!

Air dry clay dinosaur bones in a small world discovery tray

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Published by Charlotte Parry

Hello. I am a mum to 3 boys! Sharing our play ideas and activities and inspiration for toddlers and children. From tuff tray play to sensory play, small world play, cardboard crafts and outdoor play.

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