Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Monday, June 4, 2012

My Kid Wants To Be An Archaeologist

My son loves digging and dinosaurs. He had a dinosaur birthday (which is one of the birthday parties in my book), and we've gone fossil hunting several times. One of the state parks near us has a fossil collection area and I just found another fossil area near us in the middle of an industrial area. If you want to find one near you, try searching for "fossil collection area" or "fossil park". If you don't have any fossil places near you, there's always backyard archaeology!


  • If you have a sand table, bury some toy dinosaurs in the sand during nap time or before they get home from school. Place some plastic shovels and gardening tools around. When he/she wakes up or gets home, go out and dig them up! 
  • Let them help dig your garden! Our soil can get pretty hard, especially if there hasn't been rain lately. My oldest swore there was a T-Rex skeleton because the ground looked bumpy from where the shovel had gone in. (He saw me post this picture and still wants to know why we didn't call the museum to have the archaeologists come get it.)

Instead of M&M's, use gummy

  • Dinosaur Munch. Buy or make a trail mix and add in dinosaur shaped crackers, cookies, or gummy candies!

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