~ Lots of kids love fossils
~ it is amazing however how many fossilized animal parts and plant fossilscan easily be found if you knwo where to look. our family loved exploring sites that were well known to contain fossils and event he youngest kids were amazed how easily they found "treasure" on our fossil hunts
~ lets take a look at fossils for children, what to learn, how to identify and what fossil activites for kids can be had
What is a fossil?
~ Fossils are the remains of plants or animals that lived a long time ago or the evidence of them.ains of plants or animals that lived a long time ago or the evidence of them.
~ some people believe that in order to be called fossil an inclusion had to be a living thing
~ But parts like feathers, hair and bones can be fossilized too and retain their flexibility and composition
~ But a fossil does not have to be the actual living thing, it can also be a "cast" of the living thing . Lets say an animal layed in some clay and then moved on and it left an impression in the clay. then some material filled the "cast" and it grew hard over time fossilizing the imprint
of the living organism
~ So as an actual definition of fossil we can say " A fossil is the preserved remains or traces of a living organism.
~ that will include actial animals like amber fossils, tracks of birds and animal footprints like dinosaurs fossils or indeed any other creature that left its mark in mud, clay, sandstone or tree sap
~ the definition of fossil includes feathers,flowers,leaf impressions, fern fossil imprints and insects in amber fossils teeth like shark teeth fossils and indeed dinosaur bones
~ Fossils allow us to take a little peek into the past and study prehistoric evolution hands- on
~ Fossils make great earth science lesson plan activites for kids, see our fossil lesson plans for inspiration
~ Maya and I have always loved fossils, its like taking a little peek into history and actually touching it with your own bare hands
~ We have found lots of fossils on our excursions to Charmouth Beach in Dorset, Uk , it is as simply there as strolling along the beach with your eyes wide open
~ Prepare to be amazed what fossil finds are right under your nose
~ even young children can become experienced fossil hunters with a little guidance and patience
~ try and look up your nearest local fossil finding area and prepare a kids activity day to explore the area
~ often there are fossil clubs which you can join that can offer help indentifying fossils and indeed with definition of fossil