Let’s Learn About: Paleontologists

Both Dinosaur Fever and a real 103 degree fever have been running wildly through our home. Sick kiddos need low-key activities so that their bodies can rest and heal, but watching TV all day long can exacerbate the situation because they will soon become bored. Playing paleontologist and digging for dinosaur bones in homemade moon sand didn’t require a lot of energy, but it was loads of fun!

Paleontologist Collage

To make the moon sand, you’ll need:

  • 4 cups craft sand
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup water

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl to create the moon sand.

To play paleontologist, simply add:

  • plastic dinosaur bones (I purchased ours from The Dollar Tree 4 years ago.)
  • paint brush
  • dino explorer hat
  • shallow pan

Bury the dinosaur bones in the shallow pan. Cover them completely with the moon sand. Invite your little paleontologists to uncover the bones using only the bristles and handle of the paintbrush.

February 21 146After the dinosaur skeleton has been excavated, invite your pint-sized scientist to gently lift it out to identify their dinosaur.

A Triceratops! A discovery this great must be recorded in a scientific field journal.

February 21 120The wonderful thing about moon sand is that it is versatile. Perhaps your child isn’t interested in dinosaurs, but loves farm animals! Or superheroes!

February 20th 220The options for play are endless. Happy digging!

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3 thoughts on “Let’s Learn About: Paleontologists

  1. Fun! My husband used to be involved in archaeology, so this would be a fun thing to adapt (make our own potsherds?) and leave for them to play with when I’m out for the day.

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