Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Dinosaur" Excavation for Kids

Try out your paleontology skills with this activity! 

Books about dinosaurs/paleontologists
Chicken bones
Container of sand
Tweezers (if desired)
Paint brush

Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

1)  Read a book like Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) to build background knowledge before you begin.

2)  Wash the chicken bones.  Allow to dry out for a day or so.

3)  Bury the bones in the sand.  "Excavate" the bones.  Use tweezers for an extra boost in fine-motor development!

4)  Dust the bones with a paintbrush!

This activity was perfectly-suited for my little one (she buried the bones over and over again), but I also used a Science Kit with my older daughters to excavate and build a model dinosaur!



Blogger Messy Kids said...

I worked with a Kindergarten teacher who did something similar in her sandbox...but she also buried one of those giant bones from the petstore that you would buy to give a large dog. It was pretty funny seeing the kids find THAT in the sandbox!

May 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Jena said...

I'll be saving our chicken bones for this one. Brilliant idea

May 31, 2011 at 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Stacie said...

That would be fun! I can imagine the little one's surprise!!

Thanks, Jena! It's fun...and still sitting in our garage to unearth some more tomorrow!

May 31, 2011 at 8:23 PM  

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