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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Finding Ancient Fossils

O(6)'s uncle gave her the ancient fossils toob for her birthday, and I set up an activity with them (of course!).  They weren't overly interested in these figures at first, so I was surprised (and delighted) by how excited they were by this activity!

I put the ancient fossil figures into a basket and covered them with lentils.  I put the strip listing the figures beside the basket.  Both girls were immediately by my side and ready to find the fossils as soon as I finished setting it up.

They loved reaching in the lentils to find the fossils.  O says that she loves the way the lentils feel in her hands.  As they found each fossil, we matched it to the list and read about each fossil.

When looking back on this activity, I realized that I should have put the identification strip on the right of the basket, so that the children would be crossing their midline from left to right as they found and matched the fossils....I'll change this next time I set up this activity (I had to put it away because I don't have enough shelf space to leave it set up right now).

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  1. Oooh, we just collected a bunch of fossils in our rocks unit study! I should definitely do this activity with them - thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Great Idea! I just bought that toob too! I will have to try this sometime! We have a park near us that has a fossil dig site that kids can go and find real ones! That is super fun too! I posted about it over at my blog! I looks like you guys are having a great time! Happy schooling!

  3. I love these fossils. I recently found a Toob with mammal skulls. I was so excited I was practically dancing in the aisle. I'm going to use it to do an archeology dig as we begin reading SOTW. I also loved the dig you did using sand and the Ancient Egypt Toob. It's going on my list of things to do.

  4. That Toob is going on my wish list. Thanks.