Make Edible Amber Fossils
A favorite topic of study in elementary science classes is that of prehistoric life - dinosaurs, fossils, and creatures that have long since been extinct. Second grade students are primed for such a unit of study. Their natural curiosity now extends beyond the world they can immediately see around them to a world that existed many, many years ago. With a better understanding of time and basic science concepts, they’re ready to learn about how our world works, and what our world was like before they were in it!
Fossils are clues that scientists use to gather knowledge about prehistoric life. One type of fossil comes from hardened tree sap. When creatures became trapped in the sap, they were well-preserved. Today, these fossils, called “amber,” provide scientists with an amazing look at creatures from long ago.
Here’s an activity to help preserve your second grader’s excitement about science.
What You Need:
- 1 package lemon-flavored gelatin
- Red food coloring
- 1 ¼ cups of boiling water
- Empty egg carton
- Cooking spray
- Plastic eggs (bottom halves only; be sure there are no holes in them!)
- Small gummy candies in various shapes: insects, fish, spiders, worms, etc.