Sunday, July 1, 2012

Dinosaur Camp - Day 1

As I mentioned, we will be homeschooling my 1st grade daughter next year.  We will not be doing "traditional" homeschooling, but rather using an eschool, or online public school.  The one we have chosen is OHVA (Ohio Virtual Academy), which is powered by the K12 curriculum.  K12 is offering themed camps thoughout the summer for various grade levels.  These are optional, but seemed like fun so we are checking them out starting this week!  The first theme is Dinosaurs, so we've been having lots of prehistoric fun!  As part of the camp, we are reading The Magic Treehouse Dinosaurs Before Dark, which my daughter has been enjoying.

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1)

For today's activities, we first made a dinosaur out of pasta.  We were inspired by this project, but we didn't use the printable template.  My daughter went out on her own and created this:

Who knew dinosaurs were so happy?  We used spaghetti, penne, macaroni, and black beans.

Next up, we made good old fashioned salt dough to make imprints, or fossils.  We used 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 3/4 cup water.  Here's some pics of the process.

                                                       Carefully measuring ingredients.
                                      The fossil maker and her marginally helpful sous chef.
                                                                Imprinting the fossil.
Finished product.  We made several fossils with handprints and cookie cutters.  Not all of them made it to the oven because of damage by the aforementioned sous chef, but we baked some at 350 for about an hour to harden, but not to brown.  These "fossils" can then be painted, but we haven't gotten that far quite yet.  We had so much fun with the first day of dinosaur fun - can't wait for the second!

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1 comment:

  1. Looks like so much fun! My boys would love this -- they are all about dinosaurs, tracking footprints, and fossils these days!