Wednesday, January 25, 2012

dinosaur rocks

or eggs, or fossils... what ever you want to call them.

they were fun, they were easy and they were inexpensive to make.

here's what you need:
1 cup of dirt
1/2 cup of sand
1/2 cup of used coffee grounds
1 1/4 cups of flour
3/4 cup of salt
plastic dinosaurs
(you don't have to look hard for sand or dirt, just go in your backyard. mine was full of leaves and sticks and i just think it added to the effect)

FYI: i doubled this recipe and it made enough to make 12 rocks.

and this is what you do:
1. Mix together dirt, sand, coffee grounds, flour and salt.
2. Slowly stir in water until you get a dough like texture.
3. Mold the dough around each of the plastic dinosaurs.
4. Let it air dry for a few days or place in the oven at 200 degrees for about 2 hours, flipping once after one hour. ( I did mine in the oven and they turned out great!)

during the party we gave each child a rock, a small block of wood and a wooden skewer. they used the block like a hammer and the skewer like a chisel. i was pleased with how long it took them to get into them. the perfect about of time, not to hard and not to easy.

of course i found this idea on Pinterest. Yeah for pinterest!


katie said...

so cool, bonnie!!

Tara said...

What a great idea!

Chris said...

This is a great idea and I will be doing it for my little girl's dinosaur party. I have just one question about the coffee grounds. Do you just store them in a ziplock bag and leave them out until you need them OR do you store them in the freezer until you need them? I don't want to mess it up. Please let me know.
Thank you for this awesome idea!!!