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Monday, September 12, 2011

Fossil Clay Art & Our Day

Today was a little off then usual. Lol, We woke up a little late (about 45 mins) so that through a curve in the day. We (little ones and I) got started on our phonics, Writing lesson and learning Days of the Week as well as Date. We did our PE ( started out jogging 1 lap around the house with another lap running, and the last lap racing eachother around the house to the start. We did Jumping Jacks outside and skipped around house as well.)

Big Sis, was already on her Math/Algebra study lessons, (atta girl) then her vocab and we breaked for lunch.

After lunch, Well, haha this was icing of the cake sorta speak. We started out making decision on what insect we would work on for tomorrow. We had two to pick for this week. We are doing Lady Bug and Amphid. Then we (all of us came together) and hit some history which also had a brief lesson on Science. So ok, combine! Easy as pie, ay! Lol!

We spent a little longer with history today as we broke in to a discussion over the lesson and I felt like there was a total purpose in this discussion so I stayed in it much longer then normally. We all were involved but much was me and oldest DD. (God is Mysterious in all His plans as they unfold, His timing is perfect with everything He does). Again, we had a mixture of Science in our lesson today, which made it extra long. Sooo, This leads me up to tomorrows craft. :) 

Tomorrow we will be making a few different fossils with clay art and letting them dry out so we can finalize them after learning todays lessons.

So, who wants to make some fossils?  :)

What you need:

Clay that will Dry 
(you can get this most anywhere. Walmart has Crayola drying clay)

Fossil items
(this is where you get to raom your yard and find items to fossilize.
Rocks, Leaves, Stems of a tree, etc)

Brown Shoe Polish

Aresol Hair spray

Wax Paper

What do we do: I recommend working clay in hand before you roll it. When your ready to roll the clay out  you can do one of two things. Roll it on the table then carefully place it on the wax paper to fossilize or roll it on the wax paper and fossilize. Either way, when it is all said and done you want the fossil on the wax paper for drying.
You will need to roll out the clay to size, (may need a small bowl of water to keep clay moist). If you choose a leaf lay it on the clay and gently press to mold the forming of the leaf. You will want the vein side of the leaf facing down in to the clay. After your through, gently remove the leaf and see if it is to your staisfaction.
If it is not, rework the clay and attempt to redo the leaf fossil again. (keep repeating until you have the fossil you want).

Next, Let the fossil dry (May take 2-3 days to air dry thoroughly. You do not want this partailly dry.)

After the clay is completely dry, you will need to pain the Brown Shoe Polish on the fossil , Then spray the aresol hair spray over it and let it dry. Wallah, You have a fossil art.

Have Fun!

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