April 20, 2013

Earth Day: Fossils from Tea Grounds

Earth Day: Fossils from Tea Grounds

Earth Day
 April 22, 2013

One of the best ways to help little ones appreciate our earth is to make art using objects from nature. Calvin and I made fossils for Earth Day. Can you believe our dough was made from tea grounds? (recipe below)

Recipe for Dough: 


  • 1 cup used tea grounds
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup cold tea


  • mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
  • add tea slowly until mixture becomes the consistency of play dough
  • discard unused tea
  • knead on wax paper
  • cover and refrigerate until ready to use 

  • Calvin and I took a walk to enjoy the lovely spring day.  We collected several objects of nature that could make an impression in our dough. 

  • Later, we created the fossils. I broke off a piece of dough, rolled it into a ball, and Calvin patted it flat.  We were able to create four 'hamburger' patties.   

  • I showed Calvin how to press one of the objects into the dough deep enough to leave an impression.

  • We left the objects in the dough during drying to reinforce the impression.  

  • I placed the fossils on wax paper and put them in a sunny window to dry.  After that 2 days, I turned them over to let the bottoms dry.  Once the fossils were completely dry, I gently removed the objects of nature, careful not to damage the little treasures. 

  • We displayed our fossils outside in celebration of Earth Day.  Within an hour they were gone, and I saw some fat, sassy squirrels running around. Hmmmm.  

Happy Earth Day from little-arty-pants.

Extend the Activity:

Here are some additional ideas for celebrating Earth Day.  

  • The Pink and Green Mama has a great idea for making Easy Kid Craft: Mod Podge Bird Houses.  Mod Podge is a nontoxic, transparent liquid that can be painted on any surface as a sealing agent.  It can also be used as a glue for paper crafts.

Do you have a comment or a suggestion?  I'd love to hear from you.


  1. What a great idea! My little guy and I are going to have to try this.


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