My little guy is fascinated by dinosaurs. We had checked out this awesome dinosaur exhibit at the Montreal Science Centre when he was a bit younger, and since then, he's been hooked.

Recently we did a fun dinosaur craft that evolved into hours of make-believe fun. Simple and easy to do, we made a dough (see below) that we pressed into dinosaur bone sand toys that we already had, and then we tested our bone-making skills by doing a few pieces free-hand. We made dinosaur toes, teeth, eggs, and even pressed a footprint into a flattened piece of dough.

Once they had been baked and cooled, we took them into the backyard. Over and over again, we buried them in the dirt, and with spoons and paintbrushes like real paleontologists, we would gently uncover the bones and then piece them together to see what kinds of dinosaurs we were discovering.

This led to finding all of the dinosaur books that we could on our book shelf and reading up on them. My bean's favourite new dinosaur is the triceratops! This is a great activity for a wide range of ages.

Homemade dough

2 cups flour (plus a little more if too tacky/sticky)

1 cup salt

1 cup water

Mix together with a spoon and then knead a few times on a smooth surface. If you want colours, divide the dough amongst a few bowls and add food colouring. Wearing plastic gloves, mix colour in by hand. Cut out and lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 250 for 3-4 hours, turning a few times.

A full-time work-from-home mom of a toddler, Jennifer Cox (our “Supermom in Training”) loves dabbling in healthy cooking, craft projects, family outings, and more, sharing with Suburban readers everything she knows about being an (almost) superhero mommy.

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