Make a fossil record to show how imprints of plants and animals get preserved in the earth.
Scientists study fossils to learn about the plants and animals that lived on the Earth in the past. You and your child can make your own fossils together to discover how imprints of plants and animals from long ago were preserved in the earth. With your child, follow the steps below to make your own fossils.
Talk to your child about what the fossils look like. Remind her that real fossils took millions of years to form. Research fossils on the Internet, and you’ll find pictures of fossil discoveries to show your child. Visit a natural history museum so that she can see real examples of fossils.
The Best Book of Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals by Chris Perrault (Kingfisher, 2000)