Dinosaurs

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Make Foot Prints

We know a lot about dinosaurs because of fossilised foot prints. You can make your own foot or hand prints in baked dough. They might not last over 65 million years but they will last a long time. Here is a simple recipe that you can use to make play dough that you can bake.

You Will Need

  • Two cups salt
  • Two cups warm water
  • Five cups flour
  • Food colouring
  • Oven

What to do

Mix the ingredients to make a firm dough to mould with your hands. You may need less than two cups of water, but no more than two cups of water. If the dough is too mushy, add more flour to make it firm.

  1. Once you have made the dough, put your hand print or foot print into the dough. You may choose to write the date as well.
  2. Then bake in the oven at 150 deg Celsius for one hour. If you want to hang the shape, make sure you put a hole in the top before you bake it. Use a non-stick baking tray.
  3. You can paint it after it has baked and cooled. Have fun!

Did you know?

  • Dinosaurs became extinct approximately 65 million years ago.
  • Some dinosaurs ate meat, where other dinosaurs ate insects and some ate plants.
  • There is no Brontosaurus, despite being a number of peoples favourite dinosaur, there isn't an actual dinosaur called Brontosaurus. It was a mistake. The skeleton that was called Brontosaurus turned out to be two different dinosaurs combined the body of an Apatosaurus with the head of a Camarasaurus.
  • 'Dinosaur' means 'fearfully great lizard' but dinosaurs are quite different to modern day lizards; dinosaurs are much more similar to birds. Scientists say birds evolved from dinosaurs while dinosaurs were still living.