“Dinosaur” Excavation for Kids

Try out your paleontology skills with this activity!

Dinosaur Dig for Kids


  • Books about dinosaurs/paleontologists
  • Chicken bones
  • Container of sand
  • Tweezers (if desired)
  • Paint brush

Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

1)  Read a book like Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) to build background knowledge before you begin.

2)  Wash the chicken bones.  Allow to dry out for a day or so.

3)  Bury the bones in the sand.  “Excavate” the bones.  Use tweezers for an extra boost in fine-motor development!

4)  Dust the bones with a paintbrush!

This activity was perfectly-suited for my little one (she buried the bones over and over again), but I also used a Science Kit with my older daughters to excavate and build a model dinosaur!

About Stacie Nelson

is the creator of MotherhoodOnADime.com. She is passionate about encouraging moms and giving them creative, yet simple, activities to do with their children. A bargain-hunter by nature, she enjoys sharing deals and freebies.

She also loves extra dark chocolate, jogging, writing, cooking dairy and gluten-free, and attempting to declutter her book-filled rooms. Faith and family are her top priorities, and she seeks to encourage others to live life on purpose.


  1. Messy Kids says:

    I worked with a Kindergarten teacher who did something similar in her sandbox…but she also buried one of those giant bones from the petstore that you would buy to give a large dog. It was pretty funny seeing the kids find THAT in the sandbox!

  2. Jena says:

    I'll be saving our chicken bones for this one. Brilliant idea

  3. Stacie says:

    That would be fun! I can imagine the little one's surprise!!

    Thanks, Jena! It's fun…and still sitting in our garage to unearth some more tomorrow!


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