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The day the dinos came to school….
12 Mar, 2013. 3 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Science, Preschool, Preschool Science, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith

I have to back track a little because I had wanted to post about this but literally just took these pictures off of my camera.

To culminate our “dino” unit. I had set apart the afternoon for a super fun activity. We have been learning about fractions, measuring and capacity in math class so this fit in perfectly. (Don’t you love when that happens?!)

As a class we made 5 batches of salt dough. The recipe was very easy. All you need to make it is:

1 cup of Salt
 2 cups of Flour
1 cup of warmish water
**Each batch produced enough dough for about 2-3 kids.**

I went out on a limb on this one and let my kids take the reigns. Normally everything is very step by step directed. However, this time, (since it was so easy) I grouped my kids up and had them follow a recipe and make their own batches. They really enjoyed the responsibility.

When I do projects like this, I make sure I have enough supplies for each group of kids and that they understand what they are doing. We completed the activity whole group first and then they completed it  by themselves. I also make sure that we use easy to handle things. For example, to pour water, we put it in a water bottle and then it is practically mess free! 
The kids can get messy with flour as it is kid-safe. I wouldn’t let them do this if we were using an ingredient such as Borax. 
After all the ingredients were mixed, we “kneaded” the dough. 
Then I brought out the big guns. Er, I mean dinosaurs. 
The students pretended that they were paleontologists on a dinosaur dig and made imprints of their favorite dinosaurs.
Then came the best part. We baked them in the MICROWAVE. Yes, that’s right, I did not have to cart these creations home and bake them. We just popped them into the microwave for 2 minutes and it worked like a charm. (It took about 5-10 minutes for them to cool.)
Last, we painted them with water colors. 
The students were allowed to choose two colors and paint the inside of the prints one color and the outside of the prints another color. They came out really cute and the kids loved it. 
I will say this though, thank goodness I allotted the whole afternoon. It took a good hour and a half! 
If you are interested in this activity or many more like it, check out my Earth Science activity pack! You and you students will love it! There are over 200 pages of activities, mini-books, experiments, and ideas to make your lessons come to life! Just click on the cover below to get taken to it! 
Here are some more pictures of the activities found in the packet! 

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3 Comments
  1. They look like they had a blast. Love that you can do it in the microwave and love that you let them paint them :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  2. This is such a great idea! I love Dino units! Your kids are such independent learners! I love it!

    ThePolishedTeacher

  3. Love it! I am going to go ahead and do this in my classroom this week and connect it to our IB theme of where we are in place in time (as part of archaeology).

    Thank you!

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  • They look like they had a blast. Love that you can do it in the microwave and love that you let them paint them :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  • This is such a great idea! I love Dino units! Your kids are such independent learners! I love it!

    ThePolishedTeacher

  • Love it! I am going to go ahead and do this in my classroom this week and connect it to our IB theme of where we are in place in time (as part of archaeology).

    Thank you!

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