How to Make Easy Fossils With Glue & Play-Doh

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Use Play-Doh to create simple fossils of everyday objects.
Use Play-Doh to create simple fossils of everyday objects. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Teaching children how nature forms fossils is sometimes easier when you can show them. Create fossil imprints with Play-Doh and make the fossil itself out of glue. This is a simple project that young kids can do and understand. Fossils from dinosaur days are a source of interest for many children, as are fossilized objects such as bones, leaves or shells. Show kids pictures on the Internet of real fossils, or go on a field trip to the science museum for more in-depth fossil learning.

Things You'll Need

  • Shells, leaves, twigs
  • White school glue

Lay some Play-Doh out on a hard surface and flatten it out a bit with the palm of your hand.

Press a shell, small tree branch or leaf into the Play-Doh to make an impression of the object.

Pull the object out of the Play-Doh very gently so you won't alter the impression at all.

Squeeze white school glue into the impression of the object, filling it up.

Allow the glue to dry in the Play-Doh overnight.

Pull the glue fossil out of the Play-Doh.

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