In preparation for this summer’s Dig Into Reading theme, I’m doing an Archaeological Club for school aged children. I setup my “digs” to bring to school visits to ramp up the program. It did take some prep work, but I think it will be well worth the effort!
First, you’ll need chicken wings to use as “dinosaur bones.” There are plenty of recipes to prepare the bones for use online. Basically you boil the bones to get all the meat off, then bleach them and let them dry overnight.
Then you’ll need to purchase transparent shoe boxes, sand, soil (organic: has no chemicals), and rocks. I went to the dollar store to find small plastic dinosaurs. And, as I was poking around Michael’s Craft Store, I happened upon Safari Ltd’s Dino Skull Toob on clearance. I picked up a tube to use for this project and I think the kids will love them! (I also found a set of soliders and native Americans to use.)
I labeled each shoe box with North/South/East/West.
I divided the dinos and skulls into 6 tubs by continent/country:
|Jurassic||Diplodocus & Dilophosaurus|
|Countries||Mongolia & China|
|Cretaceous||Velociraptor & Oviraptor|
|1831-1865||Civil War Soldiers|
|Cretaceous||T-Rex & Triceratops|
|Cretaceous||Triceratops & Parasaurolophus|
I poured a layer of sand down first (so nothing peeks through), then placed the bottom layer together.
I added sand on top, then a layer of rock.
I added the upper layer, then covered with soil. I put three strips of tape to mimic the handout so children will excavate one section at a time.
I labeled each lid with the corresponding number and continent/country.
Here are the six “digs” ready to be excavated! Here’s a Shoe Box Excavation handout you can use for the children.
Here are the archeological tool kits for each excavation team. (Brush, tweezers, sifter, Q-tips)