Lets face it: this summer’s Dig Camp can’t come round soon enough (are we there yet, are we there yet, are we there yet…). Until then, we’ve compiled a little list of child friendly activities to keep your mini archaeologists entertained on any rainy day. Enjoy!
First draw the death mask shape onto a piece of cardboard, making sure it fits around the shape of your mask. Next attach the mask to the cardboard using masking tape. Then place the toilet roll tube below the masks chin and attach using masking tape. Finally, get painting! Why not post a pic of your masterpiece on our Facebook page?!
This one’s super easy. Buy a pot. Smash the pot! Let the mini archaeologists piece it back together and glue into place. (You can also ‘bury’ the pieces into a tray of soil so they have to be dug up first.) Alternatively print a picture of a Greek pot onto a piece of paper, cut up into pieces and allow children to piece together and glue in place on a piece of paper.
Follow this guide to making your own archaeological dig at home. We love the idea of using the simplified context sheet to record the finds!
Print out some copies of our hieroglyph table, create your own message and get the kids code cracking. Here’s a warm up!
This is one to show the kids how archaeology is the study of human rubbish. And it’s a bit of forensic investigation too!
Start by creating some character profiles and write them out on separate pieces of paper. Next, put the object clues into separate rubbish bags for each character and get the kids to guess who they are from the clues.
This is any easy one to adapt to different ages and abilities by adding as many or as few objects as you like, or for higher levels get them to feel the objects inside the bin bag without looking at what they are.
Do some Prehistoric hand and animal paintings. Fill water spray bottles with black, brown, white and orange paints. Get the children to put their hand on the material or paper and spray over creating a handprint. They can also try painting wild animals and people.
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