I'm glad we at least found some fossils. I looked up local museums for dinosaurs and could only find the Natural History Museum in Santa Cruz, which has a small fossil dig exhibit or the San Fransisco Academy of Science, which has one dinosaur skeleton. We did go there last spring and we've been to the other many times (see pics and other great local field trips). I heard there's a small fossil museum in or near Fresno and if we travel through soon we will stop there, but I'm not driving all the way there just for that! Anyway, I was disappointed there is no museum all about dinosaurs nearby.
But, of course, we also did some fun art and craft projects!
Clay dinosaurs with pine cone spines. Okay, I thought pine cones would be easy to break pieces off of. Seems like they are always breaking apart on their own when I'm doing other craft projects with them! This one we used was a super cone! I used scissors, pliers, and ended up with many too smashed up to use at all, but finally got enough for a few rows on our dinos backs. What can I say, once I started, I was determined!
|painting tip: I give the kids paper plates rather than cups for paint, so I can just toss it when done.|
Homemade fossils! Rolled clay into a small ball and then pressed little shells into it to make our own fossil prints. My son also rolled out some long pieces of clay and just let them dry that way. He said they are dinosaur bones!