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For dinosaur month, kids can do their own archaeology dig.
- toy dinosaurs
- assorted rocks, shells, fossils, bones, etc.
- individual paper bowls
- plaster of Paris
- tools for digging such as metal forks
- stiff brushes
- Gather materials to be buried in the plaster.
- Trace each object on a piece of paper. This will create a map to go by when digging later.
- Mix plaster of Paris and pour over objects.
- Hide objects a layer at a time.
- After plaster of Paris dries, kids can dig up the objects.
- This is messy, so is best done outside or over newspaper.
- This activity may also take several days to complete.
- Once plaster has hardened from hidden treasures activity, kids can now dig up the objects.
- As each object is found, it can be placed on the map.
Source(s): From Toolbox Training’s nature card set (activities D2-D3).
Also check out the construction card set (activity M8).
Check out the full October calendar. It includes floating holidays, specialty weeks, and specialty months.