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Make Fossils

I love Montessori-Inspired dinosaur activities, and John Bowman’s Montessori at Home eBook (3rd edition) has a whole section on dinosaurs.

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Here’s an excerpt of part of the Montessori at Home dinosaur section:

Make Fossils

Safari Ancient Fossils ToobFossils are how we get in touch with creatures from long ago, so why not make some? A Safari Ancient Fossils TOOB , an Insect Lore Big Bunch O’ Bugs 15 pack, or a pack of plastic bugs from a discount or toy store, plus some Play Doh® will get your child’s fossil explorations started.

Finding Ancient Fossils (Photo from Chasing Cheerios)Hide the insects or play fossils in a bowl of beans for your budding paleontologist to find, as in the photo at left. Later, you can do more elaborate digs outside in a tub full of dirt or sand.

Photo: Chasing Cheerios

Bugging Me Fossils (Photo from The Education of Ours)Press plastic insects down into Play Doh sheets, cut into separate ‘fossils’, and let the impressions harden overnight. Try different colors of Play Doh. Make name cards for the insects to add language. You could make a hole in each and make a string of fossils.

Photo: The Education of Ours

Fossil cookies are always a big hit. At Fossil Cookies (Photo from Chasing Cheerios)Chasing Cheerios (photo), they used a simple cookie recipe and Play Doh stampers. You could also used well washed sea shells, plastic dinosaurs, or plastic insects.

Photo: Chasing Cheerios

More fossil cookies at Homemade Mamas

Dig It Up Excavation Kit - Tyrannasaurus RexThe Dig it Up Excavation Kit – Tyrannosaurus Rex can be fun for a child who is seriously into dinosaurs. $12.95 on Amazon.

Dig out a virtual fossil online

Bake a fossil cake 

Dinosaur Cards (Photo from Counting Coconuts)
Dinosaur Pin Poking (Photo from Counting Coconuts)

Washing a Dinosaur (Photo from Counting Coconuts)

Montessori style, self-contained dinosaur materials from Counting Coconuts.Free Dinosaur information cards from Montessori Print Shop. [Middle photo]: Punching dinosaur outlines with a pushpin. Your child can cut these with scissors if she is ready. Get free dinosaur, and other, outlines at Enchanted Learning. [Bottom photo] Cleaning a dinosaur.

These are great examples of creating language, fine motor, and Practical Life materials around a theme. You can do the same with many themes – holidays, other animals, plants, family trips, almost any subject your child is interested in.

Excerpt used with permission of John Bowman.

More Excerpts from Montessori at Home!

Activities with Marbles and Golf Tees from Montessori at Home!

Activities with Marbles and Golf Tees from Montessori at Home!

Building a Flashlight and Pipe Building from Montessori at Home

Building a Flashlight and Pipe Building from Montessori at Home!

1000-10,000 Activity from Montessori at Home!

1000-10,000 Activity from Montessori at Home!

Cutting with a Knife from Montessori at Home Cutting with a Knife from Montessori at Home!

Free Play Tubs (Sensory Bins) from Montessori at Home

Free Play Tubs (Sensory Bins) from Montessori at Home!

Montessori at Home eBookThe revised Montessori at Home eBook is available for only $10.95 for 512 pages with over 300 early-learning activities! (That’s a real steal!!!)

In the eBook, you’ll also find a quick start guide, 225 educational digital tablet app recommendations, hundreds of links to sites, blogs, and videos, and 76 pages of printable materials!

You can get a free download of 51 sample pages from Montessori at Home eBook (courtesy of John Bowman) by clicking here! Here’s the direct link to the purchase page for Montessori at Home! eBook. Here’s the direct link to the purchase page for the Montessori at Home! Materials Bundle (includes the Montessori at Home eBook AND over $60 worth of Montessori Print Shop materials to go with the book for only $24.95). Please mention Deb at Living Montessori Now when you’re asked where you learned about the book. Thanks! :)

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