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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.
Brainstorm with students about things that lived long ago, such as dinosaurs. Discuss how 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. Students make fossil imprints 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 the rock and carefully remove them, leaving a fossil print. Air-dry the fossil for at least 48 hours.
Spread recycled newspaper on an art table. Students place a few drops of brown or black Crayola Tempera Paint on the surface of the 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.
Ask students what they found interesting about being a paleontologist? They are the scientists who study dinosaur bones.
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