Thursday, October 23, 2014

eXcavation part 1

With the arrival of the Re-ment Pose Skeleton
and Halloween coming up next week,
Ella thought it would be a perfectly good and reasonable
idea to adopt a dinosaur skeleton as a pet.

The best selection seemed to be most available
through "dinosaur dig" type kits, where participants scratch,
chisel, dig and brush their way through a chunk of hard, dusty clay
to find the tiny "dinosaur" bones.

After reading the reviews regarding the final product
(the quality of the actual completed dinosaur),
we chose the set by Geo Safari.

It arrived on time to play a role in our ADAD for October,
featuring the letters of the alphabet.

W is for Waiting

What do you  mean 'I have to wait' before we can free my new pet dinosaurs?!!!! Did you know that if you didn't make me wait, we could have released them by yesterday, and yesterday's ADAD could have read 'V is for Velociraptors'! But no... we have to WAIT!!!    


After work, I lined a low cardboard box with aluminum foil
and the cardboard lid flaps that I had removed

to create a work area. Then, I opened the Dino Dig box.

This set comes with a clay brick with plastic fossils,
wax, a chisel type tool, a brush, a booklet, and a label.

The booklet includes information about velociraptors
as well as information about how to use this set.

Let's get started already!!!!

We were ready to start chiseling away at the clay brick.

Do you see anything yet?

Look! Dinosaur bones!!!!

Look at how many pieces I am finding!

Brush the dust off carefully so you don't break the skeleton.

 I see the tail and ribs and a head!!!

Look how well you are doing!
Keep digging!!!

You did not tell me that this was going to take a long time,
be messy, and be a lot of work!!!

Yes, the directions say that it will take  HOURS.
You can stop for the night if you want.

The dinosaurs will wait until we have more time this weekend.


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