Dinosaur Poop Craft

Dinosaur Poop Craft



 

Even boys children who hate doing crafts are sure to find this dinosaur poop craft entertaining! I certainly never thought I would posting a craft that has the word “poop” in the title. But that is what you do for your children and their interests, right? Haha!

 

Thankfully, I can’t take full credit for this activity. Big Brother found a book titled Dino Poop earlier this summer at a garage sale and has been begging me to do some of the activities in the book. Of course, this one was his first choice. What is it with boys and bodily functions?!?!

 

This fake poop could be a doorstop, paperweight, or even a way to pull a prank on a friend. After all, who doesn’t love a giant pile of poop in their house?!?! In addition to the gross factor, however, this can also be a great time to talk about poop in a scientific way. Petrified poop is called “coprolite” and can tell us a lot about dinosaurs and other animals–including what they ate, what they might have looked like, and what their habitat was. Some coprolite that has been discovered in permafrost caves is thought by scientists to be a million years old!

 

Here is the recipe:

1 cup flour
1 cup salt
2/3 cup cornstarch
2/3 cup warm water
Small amounts of dried rice, twigs, nuts, grass, chow mien noodles, etc. to add texture
Poop-colored acrylic paint

 

 

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1. Mix the dry ingredients.

 

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2. Add water and continue stirring.

 

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If it is too dry, add a tiny bit of water at a time until it sticks together. If it is sticky when you try to knead it, add a bit more flour.

 

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4. Knead the dough and shape it into a coprolite.

 

 

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5. Gather some materials to add “natural texture” to the poop. Oh yes, I just typed that sentence.

 

 

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In goes the penne pasta…

 

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6. Put the dough on a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees (F) for 20-25 minutes. Or you can leave it out to air dry for a few days. You might need to turn the turd over and put it back in the oven for a while to dry out the underside.

 

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7. Last but not least, time to paint the poop so that it looks more poop-like.

 

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This might be my favorite picture ever in the history of this blog. Check out Little Brother’s face! Hahaha…I can’t stop laughing.

 

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Ta-da! A very realistic-looking giant turd. Just what you always wanted.

 

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What is the craziest craft you and your kids have ever made???

 

 

Check out more (non-poop-related) posts about dinosaurs here.

Literature Link

jurassic poop

Jurassic Poop by Jacob Berkowitz

dino poop

Dino Poop by Jane Hammerslough

 

 

Everyone poops

Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

7 Comments

  1. This whole post cracks me up. My boys are very into dinosaurs and I was interested in the fact that there is actually a book called Dino Poop. The added ingredients are hilarious. Who would have thought???!!

    I’ve also had more scientific conversations with my sons about poop than I ever anticipated. We discuss “scat” which is animal poop you would find in the woods and whatnot, used to track animals. In one of their nature books, there is a whole section on what different animals’ poop looks like!

    1. I’m so sorry you feel that way, Olga. Do you have boys? I grew up with three brothers, taught about a hundred little boys over the years, and have two boys of my own…and have found that nearly all boys seem to have a fascination with bodily functions. This was an activity that we found in a book and my son was excited about it…so I went along.

      I do not appreciate the name calling. If you don’t like the activity, move along to something else. There is absolutely no reason to be unkind just because this isn’t an activity you would do yourself.

  2. This is great! I have read something before about making different kinds of dinosaur poop so that children can discuss and work out whether the dinosaur it came from was a carnivore or a herbivore by disecting it. I think it’s a great hands on way of educating our children. Clearly not everyone’s cup of tea, but if it helps to educate our kids – and make that learning fun – then it works and that’s what matters.

  3. This is awesome. I’m laughing so hard I’m crying at your writeup. I think I’m going to have to do this with my 5-year-old son. I’m afraid he’ll want to glue eyes on it and give it a name, but that’s a risk I’ll have to take.

  4. I am cracking up so hard at this article. lol It is wonderful and accurate. We are currently learning all about dinosaurs and my son finds coprolites knee slapping funny. This is a good idea for a craft. He loves crafts and we just finished some impression “fossils”. I think this will be the next craft =)

    Thanks for the laugh!

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