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
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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
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Record where you go, what fossils, plants, rocks, animals, and insects you see. Make leaf rubbings to add to your nature journal.
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Make it easy on yourself with these fossil craft kits. These make great gifts or keep a few on hand for rainy days.
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