Children learn best if they are engaged in what they are learning and there is some sort of fun activity that they can be involved in. If you are looking for an arts and craft idea that will be sure to get your children involved in education as well as have a fun time exploring the world around them, then this craft idea will make for a fun filled afternoon. Making fossils that children can then paint and keep as paper weights can help them to understand the process of how fossils work while still having fun.
To begin, you are going to have to gather the materials necessary in order to create your fossil. First, you will need some molding clay (Wal-Mart has buckets of this stuff in the kids arts and crafts coloring section), you will also need some paint (any color of your choice), and lastly you will need objects that you are planning to imprint on your fossil. Things such as leaves, flowers, pieces of grass, or even fake bugs.
Once you have gathered all of your materials needed, then you can begin to form your fossil. What you will first do is take a clump of clay (a good size so that once you flatten it out it will be large enough to imprint your item). Take the clump of clay and then roll it around in a ball so that the creases are gone and there is a smooth surface left. When the ball of clay is smooth, then you can begin to flatten it out, make sure you do this on a surface such as newspaper or magazines since you will be painting your fossil and it could get a little messy.
When the clay is flattened into a smooth oval or circular shape, you can then take your item that you are imprinting and place it over the clay. Gently, so that you do not damage the item or the clay, press the item into the clay with either your finger or a Popsicle stick. Remove the item once it has imprinted into the clay and you have just created your very own fossil.
Before painting your fossil, allow the clay to dry outdoors. You can then take your paint, any color that you would like and then being to paint your fossil. Also allow this to dry so that when you bring it indoors you don’t have to worry about getting anything damaged. If you want to add a little shine to your fossil, you can always buy a paint that has a shiner in it or a top coat kind of paint.
This is a great activity that will get your children involved in education by learning about how fossils can form. You can discuss the process of fossilization with your children and then have them explore their yard to find items they would like to make into a fossil. It’s educational and fun and sure to get your children engaged.