Dinosaur Bone Experiments

This activity features two connected hands-on activities about dinosaur bones. Using chicken or turkey bones and regular household items, learners explore the scientific process of studying fossilized bones. By exposing the bones to vinegar or heat, learners begin to understand how paleontologists use chemical processes to study the bones of animals long dead and gone.

Materials List:

  • 2 chicken or turkey bones (drumstick or thigh are best)

  • pot of water for boiling

  • jar with lid

  • ordinary white vinegar

  • pan or cookie sheet

  • paper towels


Dinosaur Bone ExperimentsPDF


  • Chemistry
  • Animals
  • The Scientific Process

Grade Level:

  • Grades 3 and Up

Activity Type:

  • Experiment/Lab Activity