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Did you ever find a footprint in mud and wonder what animal made it? If left untouched for thousands of years, it would turn into a fossil! Create your own fossil replicas.
Think about something that lived long ago, such as dinosaurs. How do we learn about their appearance? When scientists study fossils, they can estimate the size of animals by the sizes of their footprints and skeletons. Fossils are a tangible link to the past, and new information is being discovered each day.
Making replicas of fossils with Crayola® Air-Dry Clay is easy. You can create fine details because of the smooth finish of the clay. What kinds of fossil imprints can you make with found objects such as plant leaves, sea shells, or even the foot of a toy dinosaur?
On a clean, dry surface flatten a handful of the clay. Make the edges uneven and jagged, like a rock. Cracks in the edges make it look authentic. Press objects into your rock and carefully remove them, so that you leave fossil prints. Air-dry your fossil for at least 48 hours.
Spread newspaper on your art table. Place a few drops of brown or black Crayola Tempera Paint on the surface of your fossil. With a paper towel or sponge, rub the paint over the surface. Rub off any excess so that the paint sticks only in the indentations for a rock-like finish. Add another earthy color and repeat the process.
What interests you about being a paleontologist? They are the scientists who study dinosaur bones.
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