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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