Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dinosaur Fossil Cookies and Favorite Dinosaur Books

A little while ago, I saw an idea for making some dinosaur fossil cookies and it looked like fun, so I thought we'd give it a try.

The kids LOVED making them.  I'm sure you could use a lot of different cookie recipes for this, but I pulled out my favorite unshaped Sugar Cookie Recipe from Little Page Turners.  We did everything the same as her recipe, except this time we skipped rolling them in sugar since we were turning them into fossils.  We also made the balls of dough about twice as big as usual, so they'd be big enough to stamp the whole dinosaur.

This time around, I got all the balls ready and then had the kids help me squish them with a cup and press in the dinosaurs.

Just ball the dough, flatten with a cup, press in your dinosaur, pull it out...

...and bake.

They didn't come out looking quite as defined since they puffed up a bit, but the dinosaurs were still recognizable.  We had four different dinosaur shapes in our set.

The kids loved eating them even more than making them...

...and dipping in milk is a must.

Oh...and you can see the remains of the dinosaur eggs (scrambled eggs) we ate for our lunch.

A friend of mine was planning a dinosaur themed activity with her Cub Scouts, so we sent half of them off with her to be Cub Scout treats.

Then for nap time stories we read some of our favorite dinosaur books.

Brontorina by James Howe is a fun one...especially if you have a girly dinosaur book.  Brontorina is dinosaur who dreams of being a ballerina, but she is just too big.  The others around her are able to open their minds to new possibilities though and accept her as she is.  Her dream leads to a dance studio where everyone (boys, girls, dinosaurs, and even cows) can learn ballet.

How Do Dinosaurs Play with their Friends? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague is part of a whole series of How Do Dinosaurs...? books.  The rhyming and smooth rhythm make it a fun read-aloud book and it's great for helping kids learn how to treat their friends.

Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Strickland is a really simple book of opposites illustrated with fun pictures of dinosaurs.

And of course Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff is a classic, where the dinosaur in a museum comes to life and spends the day exploring with Danny.  I'll admit it's not my favorite...but it's a classic with easy vocabulary and the kids love it.

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  1. How cool is this! Did you tell the kids about finding fossils at outdoor school when you were in 6th grade? I'll try to remember to bring my (real) shell fossil with me when we come to visit next month.

  2. Cool! I've seen cookies like this before and they look so fun. Maybe we'll have to do this for preschool sometime. I think Olivia and her little friends would love it. :)

  3. This looks like a ton of fun! My kids all love dinosaurs and cookies--what better combination?! I'd love to invite you to share this at Teach Me Tuesday at http://PreschoolPowolPackets.blogspot.com!

  4. My daughter is going to love this activity. Thanks so much for sharing. I pinned it!

  5. Wow! What a great idea. Ruth and I are loving this activity for our boys...soooo doing it soon. And now I'm thinking of all the toys that would work for this. Too cool!

  6. Brilliant. My boys are going to love this idea. I'm your newest follower and I'm pinning it.

  7. Such a fun idea. I'd love for you to link it up to my party. You can win a chance of free home decor just for linking up: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/02/will-craft-for-laughter-and-grace.html
    Hope to see you there.

  8. Such a wonderful idea! My nephew would love making these.

  9. what a fun idea with the "fossils"! thanks for sharing it along with these cute pictures!

  10. Those are too cool! I pinned them. My son would love this!

  11. How totally cute are these?!?! Fantastic!

  12. This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing at my party and I'm going to share this with my FB friends! Love it!

  13. I was looking for something cool to share with our local dinosaur museum's education director. Thanks for the reminder that some things are just simple!

  14. What a great idea. My boy will love this!!! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back! -The Sisters

  15. I'm a dinosaur fanatic and I love this idea! So simple but it would be a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!

  16. This is too cute!! I love it! I wish I had kids so I could try it out LOL!! Thanks for sharing!


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