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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Excavating Dinosaur Bones

Since we are studying archaeology in our history program, I thought it might be fun to let the girls do their own excavation.  When I saw these dinosaur bones, I knew they would be perfect for my plan!

We walked over to our clay pile and filled a bucket with clay.

The girls had a wonderful time burying their dinosaur skeletons in bowls of clay mixed with water.

They were covered in orange clay by the time they finished!

We put the containers of clay in the sun to dry for a couple of days. We saved the excavation activity for a day that Elliott was home early from work, so that he could participate in this fun activity.

He gathered together a couple of hammers, flat head screwdrivers to use as chisels, and brushes to brush away the clay and dust.

They squealed in excitement when they finally saw their dinosaur bones!

After they finally freed their dinosaur bones, they had lots of fun making clay soup!

They requested that I read to them while they played, so we read LOTS of books about fossils and archaeology while they played.  Fun times at Lakeside Homeschool!

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