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DIY Dinosaur Bones

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.

diy dino bones

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.

diy dino bones

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.

paint dinosaur bones

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 homemade dinosaur bones.  

An easy and cheap activity!  I got the sand on sale for $2.50 a bag so $5 total for this activity!

dinosaur party game

Check out my Dinosaur Party Birthday for full details on decorations, dino food, favors, and activities.  It was a “ROARING”  good time – sorry, had to do it!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!


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  1. Kayla Slice says:

    is it all purpose flour or self-rising flour or does it matter?

  2. I used all purpose, I’m actually not sure if it matters though! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to