Follow up a lesson on autumn or nature with this fun craft that is also a great sensory activity for little ones.
What You Need:
- 2 cups flour per four students
- 1/2 cup salt per four students
- 1 cup water per four students
- 1 tablespoon oil per four students
- Mixing bowls
- Waxed paper
- Cookie sheets
- Cooking spray
- Cooling racks
- Watercolor paints
What You Do:
- Have students create fossil dough by mixing flour, salt, water, and oil (the proportions listed above create enough for four students; multiply as necessary) in a bowl until the ingredients bind together in a ball. Add extra flour if the dough is too sticky.
- Take students outside for a nature walk and have them collect leaves. Thick dried leaves work best for this craft.
- Give each student some of the dough and a piece of waxed paper. Instruct them to lay the dough on the waxed paper and use their hands to create a flat circle with the dough that is about 1/4 inch thick.
- Have students press their leaves into the dough deeply enough to leave impressions. Once all the leaves have been placed, then slowly and gently peel the leaves back out.
- Carefully remove each student's dough from its waxed paper and place it on a cookie sheet sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
- Bake at 250 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the thickness of the dough. Let each cool on a cooling rack.
Once the “fossils” are cooled, have students paint the leaf impressions with fall colors and the backgrounds brown.