by Natalie Leff
Hide some “dinosaur bones” (toothpicks) in a tall pail filled with sand (or in a sandbox). Let your little archeologists dig, blindfolded, for the “bones,” using only one hand. Set up a pail for each child so they have to race to see who finds all of the “bones” first.
When hunger strikes during dino camp, have the kids make their own tasty, no-bake Fossil Fuel. You’ll need: 2 cups sugar, ½ cup evaporated milk, 1 stick butter, 3 cups oats, 1 cup coconut (optional), 5 tsp. cocoa and ½ tsp. vanilla. Directions: Combine sugar, evaporated milk and butter on the stovetop over high heat. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add the warm mixture and stir completely. Drop spoonfuls onto greased wax paper and let cool.
Why only host an egg hunt once a year? Create a dinosaur egg hunt! Get some plastic Easter eggs and fill them with prizes. Then scatter the eggs around the house or the back yard. Place a special prize in one to mark the “golden T-Rex egg.”
Have children draw themselves as dinosaurs, combining both human and dinosaur features. Then have them create their own name by adding “-odactyl” or “-osaurus” to the end of their first names. Dan could be “Danosaurus” while Tom can become “Tomodactyl.”
This simple, salt dough craft will serve as a one-of-a-kind fossil of your child’s day at camp. You’ll need: 4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup salt, 1½ cups water and uniquely shaped objects. Directions: Mix ingredients together to make dough. Flatten dough and divide into desired number of fossils. Gather leaves, shells, coins, toothpicks and other uniquely shaped objects. Use items to make imprints in the dough. Remove objects from the dough. Place fossils on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until hard. Once cool, paint.