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Fossil Crafts

Updated on September 15, 2014

Make Your Own Fossils

To learn about a new topic, like fossils, one way is to jump in and make some of your own. Fossil crafts give kids and adults alike the chance to create fossils so they can learn more about how the real thing came to be.

Fossils are the remains of animals, plants, or other organisms that have been preserved over many years, often in rock. The fossil shown here is manganese oxide dendrites on a limestone bedding plane from Solnhofen, Germany.

Make fossil crafts like leaf rubbings or cast objects like plants stems and leaves, or toy animals or bugs in play dough to create their own fossils.

Photo Credit: Mark A. Wilson (Department of Geology, The College of Wooster), WikiCommons

Read about Fossils for Kids - Read about fossils, then made some fossil crafts

A great way to learn about fossils is to read about them. These books will kick start any child's knowledge of fossils.

Leaf rubbing.
Leaf rubbing.

Make a Nature Journal

Think Fossils!

Take kids or yourself on a nature walk. Take in the beauty of the outdoors and decide what you can take home with you for a nature journal. Be sure it's all right to collect leaves, acorns, rocks, and whatever else you find from your nature walk.

Make Leaf Rubbings

Maybe the easiest fossil craft is to make leaf rubbings. Gather a few sturdy leaves. Choose a few colors of crayons and remove the paper from the crayons. Note: Larger crayons are preferred because they hold up better. Smaller crayons may break but will work.

You'll also need paper. Fold it to make journal pages, if desired, before doing the leaf rubbings. Choose lightweight paper, like copier paper, so the rubbings come through and show all the leaf's details.

Place the leaf on a flat table then place the paper on top of the leaf. Use the side of the crayon and rub the paper where the leaf is and the shape and detail of the leaf will appear before your eyes! Be sure to rub along the sides and edges of the leaf so the entire leaf shows through on the rubbing.

Label the image by writing the name of the plant or tree where the leaf came from. Cut out the rubbing, and glue or tape it into a notebook or nature journal.

I've also included some texture rubbing plates below, which make rubbings so easy and fun!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Make Your Own Rubbings - Fossil Crafts

Make your own rubbings--plants, flowers, insects, and more--and use the rubbings in scrapbooking, to make greeting cards, or simply as beautiful artwork on their own.

Blank Journals - Make Your Own Nature Journal

Keep a nature journal handy to preserve your travels even if they're just walks you take in your neighborhood.

Record where you go, what fossils, plants, rocks, animals, and insects you see. Make leaf rubbings to add to your nature journal.

Fossil Craft Kits Make Great Gifts

Make it easy on yourself with these fossil craft kits. These make great gifts or keep a few on hand for rainy days.

Fossils, Stones

Make a Leaf Journal - Include Leaves You Find Outdoors

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Making the cover of this leaf journal was fun!Leaf in leaf journal. Instead of rubbings, we taped the actual leaves to the pages.Small leaf.Oleander leaf.Dandelion leaf.Plain paper to make the nature journal.Put the leaf or other item under a piece of paper and rub with the length of a crayon.A rubbing of a stick.Feathers are difficult to get a good rubbing.Leaf rubbing.
Making the cover of this leaf journal was fun!
Making the cover of this leaf journal was fun!
Leaf in leaf journal. Instead of rubbings, we taped the actual leaves to the pages.
Leaf in leaf journal. Instead of rubbings, we taped the actual leaves to the pages.
Small leaf.
Small leaf.
Oleander leaf.
Oleander leaf.
Dandelion leaf.
Dandelion leaf.
Plain paper to make the nature journal.
Plain paper to make the nature journal.
Put the leaf or other item under a piece of paper and rub with the length of a crayon.
Put the leaf or other item under a piece of paper and rub with the length of a crayon.
A rubbing of a stick.
A rubbing of a stick.
Feathers are difficult to get a good rubbing.
Feathers are difficult to get a good rubbing.
Leaf rubbing.
Leaf rubbing.

Rubbing Plates - Nature Set to Make Leaf Rubbings and More

Make Fossils with Casting Material - Find an Object, Cast It, You Have a Fossil


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