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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Coffee Ground Fossils

One thing I try to teach my children about is the earth and how we can protect it.  I talk about Earth Day and what it means every year but also throughout the year I try to make sure they are learning about recycling and little things they can do to help out and be "green".  My daughter received Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day in her easter basket.  I wanted to do a project using things around the house for Earth Day.  Here's an easy fossil project that not only teaches about Reusing but you can also teach about fossils...we got into a great dinosaur discussion.

1 cup coffee grounds
1/2 cup cold coffee
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt

In a mixing bowl, mix together the ingredients until mixed well.

On wax paper, flatten into small discs then use something round to cut a circle.  I used my metal measuring cup.

Use something small to press into discs to make impressions, like cookie cutters or play-doh cutters.

After they sit overnight the fossils lighten up and the impressions are more visible.

Happy Earth Day!


  1. LOVE IT MICHELLE AND LOVE FANCY NANCY! You are so talented!!!

  2. I used the same dough to make rocks for my kid's last birthday party with a small toy inside. I made them several days in advance so they had time to dry. They break open really easily. We had a space theme so we called them moon rocks, but you could call them dinosaur eggs, be creative!