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...
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...
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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