Chocolate Chip Cookie Fossil Dig!

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Digging for dinosaurs might be fun… but digging for chocolate? Even better!

We had some purely indulgent fun with this game, having talked a lot this week about digging for fossils and archaeology. I presented Travis with two chocolate chip cookies (one thin, one thick, for nice variation) and invited him to excavate the chocolate chips.

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Possible tools include toothpicks, forks, or toddler-safe knives.

The fork turned out to be the fast favorite.

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Although hands were a close second place!

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Did we eat our discoveries? But of course.

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Dinosaur Crate

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With the arrival of our latest Koala Crate, I’m struck yet again by the ways in which Travis’s brain has changed since we started this subscription. He was so eager to get started on the first project in our box that I had to let him dive in before I’d even seen the theme and instructions!

Luckily, I could catch up quickly as he peeled off the stickers for the first craft – Dinosaur Dress-Up! Apply the felt stickers to the provided visor and dino feet to make your fearsome T-rex.

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You can talk about shapes (triangles, circles) as your child works, as well as what elements of the dinosaur they represent, like teeth, spots, or claws.

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Travis had the eyes stuck on the visor in the right spot before I even had a chance to ask him where he thought they should go!

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No sooner had he paraded around in the costume for a bit than he wanted to see what was next, so I pulled out the materials for Clay Fossils. This craft required first matching up puffy bone stickers to a template, great practice for getting stickers precisely in the right spot.

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He was so proud of his work, and then thrilled when I showed him the imprint of a dinosaur skeleton that was left behind when we pressed the provided air-dry clay on top.

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We had fun talking about what fossils are and the clues they leave behind, i.e. a dinosaur with short arm bones likely walked on only two feet, versus one whose arms and legs were the same length.

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And then like a whirlwind he was already moving on to project three, the Dino Match Game, with two provided game boards, a spinner, and pop-out tokens to match up with the proper dinosaur footprint.

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Travis loved playing several rounds in a row.

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He wanted to know the names of all the dinosaurs on the card, so luckily our included Imagine magazine had a helpful name and pronunciation guide. This mama had never heard of the Spinosaurus before!

We continued the fun with at-home crafts like Dino Eggs, and pulled out some of our favorite Usborne dino books like The Big Book of Big Dinosaurs, Lift the Flap Dinosaurs, I’m a Dirty Dinosaur, and Dinosaur Activity Book.

As always, you can replicate much of this crate with materials from your local craft store, though you’ll need to pull out your artistic skills to draw those game boards!