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- Crayola Air-Dry Clay
- Little dinosaur figures - ours came from Target dollar bins and Dollar Store
- Acryllic paint
- Mod Podge (optional)
Create Your Dinosaur "Fossil"
Interestingly, we did the first part of this project in January 2017 when we were learning about fossil fields of Argentina, but I kept the result with the plan to turn it into a Christmas ornament. The steps are very simple:
- Roll your clay into a flat shape about 1/2" thick.
- Use a cookie cutter or an edge of a water glass to cut out a round shape.
- Make a hole for a future hanger.
- Firmly press your dinosaur into a dough. Leave it there or lift it to leave a "fossil" print.
- Let your ornament dry.
Paint Your Ornament
You can choose to leave your ornament unpainted or paint it. We chose to paint a "dino landscape" dominated by a volcano. If you wish, you can put a layer of Mod Podge over your dry ornament to seal paint and add shine. Put in a ribbon or a hanger and enjoy!
A Christmas Dinosaur Book
As I mentioned, our original inspiration was learning about Argentina dinosaurs, but we also found a perfect Christmas book to go with it - The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas by Anne Muecke, illustrated by Nathan Hale. This is an interesting twist on a classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore where dinosaur fossils in the New York Museum of Natural History are enjoying a visit from Santasaurus. The book and its detailed llustrations will certainly appeal to dinosaur lovers young and old.
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