In our 7th week of summer Great Ex campers got up close and personal with dinosaur fossils and casts. After digging up fossils the children were able to dust off, measure, trace and make rubbings of the fossils they found.
Our little paleontologists excavated real dinosaur fossils from our Great Ex dig before dusting them off and tracing the fossils onto paper.
During our art exploration with Ms. Celia campers made dinosaur rubbings and used different materials to make three-dimensional Dinosaur bones. The kids were really excited to explore art rubbings. After the project Celia said, "the children struggled with getting the rubbings to show at first, it took gross motor use to really see the changes which was a fun shift from our projects which typically utilize fine motor skills. The children were excited to learn a new art skill in crayon rubbings".
Later in the week the children used stickers and paints to decorate rocks that they hid around Crescent Lake park as part of the St Pete Rocks movement.
Campers made dinosaur sticker scenes, matched bones, and colored wooden dinosaur puzzles throughout the week. Children learned new dinosaur names and characteristics, experimented with baking soda volcanoes and learned which pre-historic animals lived in Florida. The Great Explorations Exhibits team even brought in a life-size cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull.
All of these wonderful experiences are made possible with the support of Creative Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.Follow us next week as we celebrate music and traditions from different cultures around the world during camp Global Groove!