I recently shared my newfound love for the Animal Crossing™: New Horizons game for the Nintendo Switch™ system. My kids also love this game and want to “help” me as much as they can.
Knowing how much they love to assist with some of the game’s daily activities, I wanted them to have an opportunity to do some of these tasks in real life.
Some of the daily activities in the game involve tending to flowers, fishing, and digging for fossils. In the game, you are able to visit a museum to learn more about some of the fish and fossils in the game. The kids love helping me with this activity in-game, and are eager to learn more about dinosaurs in real life. Inspired by Animal Crossing: New Horizons, we created fossils out of air-dry clay for the kids to discover and identify.
Fossil Scavenger Hunt
- Air-Dry Clay
- Small Plastic Dinosaurs (or other small, hard-plastic animals, figures, etc.)
- Grab a small handful of air-dry clay and roll into a ball.
- Flatten the ball with your hands or use a roller to make a thick, flat disk.
- Take your hard plastic dinosaur, and press one side of the body into the clay.
- Remove the dinosaur carefully. You should have a dinosaur-shaped recess in the clay.
- Let the clay dry according to manufacturer’s instructions (I let mine dry overnight).
That’s literally it. We also had fun using other plastic toys and pressing feet in the clay to create “footsteps.” You can use shells, twigs, leaves, or any other items you can imagine for a fossil.
After the fossils were dry, I hid them outside.
Parents, this is literally the easiest, least messy craft that takes little to no time, and my kids loved it!
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