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Earth Day crafts for kids: Coffee ground fossils

Try coffee ground fossils from Disney's Spoonful.com, just

Try coffee ground fossils from Disney's Spoonful.com, just in time for Earth Day. (Credit: Handout)

With Earth Day approaching there's no better time than now to talk to your kids about reducing, reusing and recycling. If you're looking for something to do with your kids in honor of Earth Day, why not create your own fossils to display by using old coffee grounds? Try this fun Earth Day craft from Disney's Spoonful.com:

Coffee Ground Fossils

What you'll need
- 1 cup of used coffee grounds
- 1/2 cup of cold coffee
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- Waxed paper
- Mixing bowl
- Some small objects to make impressions in the dough (Shaped cookie cutters work well.)
- Empty can or a butter knife
- Toothpicks, optional
- String to hang your fossil, optional

How to do it

1. Stir together coffee grounds, cold coffee, flour and salt until well mixed.

2. Knead the dough together and then flatten it out onto waxed paper.

3. Use the can to cut out circles of the dough or use the dull knife to cut slabs large enough to fit your "fossil" objects.

4. Press your objects firmly into the dough.

5. When you take the object out, you have your "fossil". If you want to hang the fossil, poke holes into the edge to hold the string.

6. Let the fossil dry overnight (and up to two days) and then hang it if you wish.

Helpful hint: To reduce drying time, bake the fossils for a short period of time to get the "dough" to harden.

Tags: crafts , holidays

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