Crusher's Crafts

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Fantastic Fossils

 

Fossils are objects preserved in rock like leaves, footprints, bones, and even bugs!  They allow us to travel hundreds...thousands...millions...and even billions of years into the past to catch a glimpse of what life was like long ago.  This month, create playdough for making your own fossils out of natural objects you find outside!

 

 

What You Need

 

1. Plastic freezer bag

2. 1 cup salt

3. 1 cup flour

4. 1/2 cup water

5. A few drops of food coloring (optional)

6. Natural items for making fossil prints

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What You Do  
 1. Measure 1 cup of salt and pour it into the plastic bag.  IMG_0066.jpg
2. Measure 1 cup of flour and pour it into the plastic bag.  Seal the bag and shake the salt and flour together.  IMG_0067.jpg
3. Measure 1/2 cup of water and add it to the mixture.  IMG_0069.jpg
4. Zip the bag closed and use your hands to mash the mixture until it becomes doughy.  You may have to add a little more of one of the ingredients to get the texture just right.  IMG_0070.jpg
5. If you want to make your dough colorful, add a few drops of food coloring to the bag. Reseal the bag and continue mixing.  (You may have to take the dough out of the bag to mix...your hands may get a little colorful, don't worry it washes off!)  IMG_0073.jpg
6. Choose some natural items to push into your dough and see what kind of imprint they leave behind.  Try sticks, rocks, leaves, or bark.  You can also use your imagination and create a sculpture out of your dough!  
   


mary-01.jpgCrusher's Crafts are created by SPREE staffer Mary Palumbo.  Each month Mary comes up with a new craft that can be made from household items and found objects from just outside your front door.

 

Look on the left column for a complete list of all the crafts!