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How to make play dough fossils

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playdough bugs kids' craft
If you’ve got little ones that like creepy crawlies then they’re going to love this craft made out of a simple play dough recipe.

There’s nothing more satisfying than creating an activity from a few bits and bobs you already have and this easy project is testament to that. Using their favourite toys and just a little know-how you can easily give children hours of fun.

They’ll be happy as crafting clams while they push, pull and squash their favourite shapes into colourful play dough fossils, and if your kids aren’t bug lovers then fear not – this works with just about any toys.

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You will need

  • Blue, brown and green play dough
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic bugs
  • Baking sheet
  • Greaseproof paper

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 140 degrees celcius. Make some green, blue and brown playdough following the basic recipe.

    Step 2

    Roll the play dough into 5cm diameter balls. Using a rolling pin, flatten the balls until they are about 1cm thick.

    Step 3


    Press the plastic bugs face down into the play dough, and remove leaving an imprint.

    Step 4

    Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper, and carefully transfer the play dough fossils onto it. Bake in the oven for about an hour, then remove and allow to cool.

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