Teachers Pay Teachers for materials and can often find lots of free activities to do with my kids. While I was looking for Dinosaur activities, I came across this chocolate chip cookie excavation and instantly fell in love!
For this activity we used:
Packaged chocolate chip cookies
Free Printable from TPT
While exploring about dinosaurs, we discovered that paleontologists use dinosaur bones and fossils to figure out what life on earth was like a long time ago (I won't get into to how long ago this was because, depending on your religious beliefs, this answer might change). We also talked about the types of tools that paleontologists use to dig for fossils like shovels, picks, and brushes to clean the bones carefully. I gave each of the kids a cookie and explained that we were going to be paleontologists and this cookie was going to be our piece of earth to explore.
Once the kids made their estimates they got to work using their specialized tool (a toothpick) to carefully dig their bones (chocolate chips) out of their cookies. This was a great activity for fine motor skills and language development. As we worked, I encouraged the kids to describe what they were seeing and feeling: My cookie is crumbly. That chocolate is HUGE. This one is soft.
They were even more excited to discover that there were more dinosaur bones on the bottom of their pieces of earth! Once the kids had removed all the bones they could (some whole and some in pieces), we used our counting skills to find out how many bones we found and record them on our printable...and then, we ATE them!
This was probably one of their favorite dinosaur activities so far!
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