After spending a week learning about how Native Americans and other Indigenous Peoples of the world used clay to make cooking ware, storage vessels, musical instruments, ceremonial items, toys, sculptures, and many other things...we engaged our little ones in one of the most natural and primitive art forms in history by having them use stoneware clay to make their own creative piece. We also modeled the fossilization process by taking shells and other small objects to seal in clay balls. Once the clay balls dry in the sun, we will crack them open to further understand the process of fossilization.
After spending two weeks learning about Ancient Egypt and the nature by which artifacts are discovered by archaeologists through excavation techniques-we decided to send our little ones on a dig of their own!