Finding Dinosaur Teeth & Other Fossils

October 15, 2014

This little activity may rejuvenate your kids if they have flagging spirits when out for a walk. All you need is a bit of imagination…

Finding a Dinosaur Tooth

So this little activity comes from our little lad, and his active imagination.

Inspired after watching the Walking With Dinosaurs movie, where the story starts off with a fossilised dinosaur tooth, he wanted to find his very own.

Now obviously finding a real dinosaur tooth wasn’t going to happen, but he did find a tooth shaped stone. He knew it was a stone, but was extremely content to also think it was a dinosaur tooth.

Look! I found a dinosaur tooth!

This is so simple, and something any child will come up with, but we thought it’s actually a useful idea if you are out on a walk in a stoney area. “See if you can try and find a dinosaur tooth – a stone that looks like a large tooth”.  This may just perk up their interest a bit.

You won’t make much progress on the walk, but they’ll enjoy it more.

You could always adapt it on the beach by asking them to find a stone shaped like a shark’s tooth.

Finding real fossils

Where he found “the tooth” wasn’t far from where a woolly mammoth was found by someone walking their dog. So it is just possible to find something real.

There are places you can take your kids and find real fossils.

Near us is a walk in some woodland where you can find fossilised sea shells (Wenlock Edge), and you can find some big fossils on the beach at Watchet  in North Somerset.

However, as fascinating sea creatures could be, our little boy he wanted a Gogrosaurus tooth! (Which are actually about 6 inches in length and found on the other side of the world!)

If you are interested in finding some real fossils then the following websites may be of interest:

  • Discovering Fossils – lots of useful information on this website, and they also do family fossil hunts.
  • UK Fossils Network – has a great interactive map showing you where you can find fossils in your area.


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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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