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For my son’s 5th birthday party, we had a dinosaur party! One of the activities planned was digging for dinosaur bones. I googled ideas and found a recipe and inspiration from Kitchen Floor Crafts for DIY dinosaur bones so we went to work making our own. We love parties on a budget!
To start we make salt dough : Mix 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, and 1 cup water until forms into dough. We made two batches. After the dough was made, my daughter and son went to work forming dinosaur bones. I googled a few pictures and they had fun creating their own.
They rolled the dough and shaped the pieces (with a tie on and all!). Then we put them on baking sheets and baked them in the oven at 250 degrees for 3 hours.
After they cooked, I took them out and let them cool down. My little guy wanted to paint them so I let him pick out a sample when Lowe’s was having a $0.99 sample paint sale and of course he picked red! His friend was coming over so I put them outside with a bunch of different paints and let them go to town. Paint did end up everywhere even on my overhang which luckily came out with my favorite tea tree oil.
I stored them in a tupperware container. For his party, I filled a long bin with the bones and then added 100 lbs of sand on top of it. The kids got to dig and had a great time finding the bones. An easy and cheap activity! I got the sand on sale for $2.50 a bag so $5 total for this activity!
Check out my Dinosaur Party Birthday for full details on decorations, food, favors, and activities. It was a “ROARING” good time – sorry, had to do it!!