Josiah is pretty certain he's going to be a paleontologist when he grows up. Not only can he name dozens of dinosaurs but he can tell you tons of facts about each one - like if they are a herbivore or carnivore. Instead of riding his bike or playing ball, he has spent the summer discovering "fossils" around our yard. He's quite satisfied with pretending our broken sidewalk is fossils but I thought I'd try my hand making it a little more realistic. So last week we buried and excavated a toy dinosaur.
Burying the dinosaur
|Tools: hammer, chip brush, safety googles|
|This was very serious business, no smiles, no giggles, just complete focused on his "work"|
|Still all business|
It was a lot of fun watching Josiah do this activity, as he was very focused and precise the entire time. He would hit the plaster with his hammer a couple times and then careful brush the dust away examining for any exposed bones. We'll definitely do it again sometime with just a few adjustments. I added the coffee grounds to make it a more interesting color and to hopefully weaken the plaster, next time I think I'll add a lot more grounds and maybe another aggregate like sand. The plaster was still pretty solid, which kept Josiah busy for awhile. Daddy eventually helped with the big hammer. Josiah was
happy focused the whole time but I'd like to make it a little easier to get to the dinosaur. For a budding paleontologist it's a perfect activity.