Making Salt Dough Fossils to Awesome Music.


Making Salt Dough Fossils to Awesome Music.

Welcome to our post all about exploring music inspired salt dough – fossils.  As this series is all about stimulating the senses we decided to create some salt dough and use music to stimulate the ‘aural or hearing senses’.  As we have mentioned in our introduction to the series, music is a great way of helping hearing and non hearing children gain confidence in the world around them as well as providing a whole host of skills too.

read more on our introductory page here


Music Inspired Salt Dough

Our No Oil Salt Dough Recipe

Please note that this is NOT an edible dough so should NOT be used unsupervised

or with children who like to taste/eat dough!

2 cups of flour

1 cup of salt

2 cups of water

Food colouring

Mix the food colouring with the water and then add all the ingredients to a pan and mix them together.  Keep stirring as you heat the mixture on a low heat.  Be careful not to over cook or burn the mixture.  Eventually the mixture will come together as pliable dough.  Remove it from the heat and place on a heat proof surface. THE DOUGH WILL BE HOT!  Once it has cooled down, knead the dough until it is soft and pliable.

It can be stored in a fridge for up to a week or can be baked in a low heat oven to create ornaments and decorations.

Setting the Scene for

Music Inspired Salt Dough Fossil Play

First we read a book about fossils and looked at some pictures of fossils on line.  We also talked about the fossils we had seen in the museum recently.

When she was ready we placed the dough on a texture surface and gave our daughter lots of different objects to create interesting marks in the dough and so she could make some fossils of her own.

Musical Salt Dough Fossils


Music and Dough Play – My Observations

Once the music started she began to cut and chop the dough.  She tore pieces off and rolled them with in her fingers to make dinosaur eggs.  Then she began flattening the dough and making marks with the different objects.  She thought the music sounded like dancing bones and began to make the dough dance about in time with the music.

She shook her hands in time to the music and pushed her fingers into the dough to make dints and holes.  Then she wanted to make some different shapes with marks on them.  When asked what they were she said dinosaur footprints!

The marimba music made her jiggle about and she thought it sounded very loud like plates banging together.  Eventually she asked if we could keep the fossils she had made so that we could paint them later.  As she was dancing about to the music and playing with the rest of the salt dough, I popped a few of the fossil ornaments on a tray to bake on a low heat.

We loved doing this type of salt dough because it is easy to bake.  Once they were cooled off she did notice that they sounded like fossil bones when you knocked them together!

Music Chosen

The music we chose for our Music Inspired Salt Dough Fossil Play were a combination of classical, native and modern pieces:

Danse Macabre Op.40 – Camille Saint-Saëns

Jungle Music Land of the Dinosaurs – Brandon Fletcher 

The Carnival of the Animals XII Fossils – Camille Saint-Saëns

Pictures at an Exhibition – XIV. The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba-Yagá) – Mussorgsky

Grazing back home – Namib Marimbas

You can visit our YouTube channel and listen to the pieces we chose for this sensory dough activity or listen to them here:

We have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough and we look forward to next month when we will be writing about our Music Inspired Fizzy Dough.

If you are a fan of Pinterest then please pop along to the group’s Sensory Dough Board for more inspiration on how to introduce sensory play doughs to your children.  Here are this month’s co-hosts and links through to their posts:

(this is a global series so if their link is not there yet then try again soon!)

Galaxy Salt Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures
Salt Dough Memories | Study at Home Mama
Making Salt Dough Fossils to Awesome Music | Witty Hoots
Nature Inspired Dough for Lively Sensory Play | Peakle Pie
Crayon Salt Dough Recipe | Sugar Aunts
Scented Salt Dough Pendants | Raising Lifelong Learners
Salt Dough Seashells | Creative World of Varya
Microwave Salt Dough | In The Playroom
Nature Printing with Salt Dough | Squiggles and Bubbles
LEGO Salt Dough Paperweights | The Pleasantest Thing
Cinnamon glitter salt dough fossils (puzzle and mobile) | Glittering Muffins
Salt Dough Flowers | Wildflower Ramblings
Salt Dough Coprolites | Preschool Powol Packets
watermelon salt dough recipe| Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail


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