for Summer 2004
Last Fall and
Early Winter Programs
Children who came to Fossil
Hunters took home a collection
of tiny fossils, helped excavate some larger bones, played with our huge
collection of plastic dinosaurs, and learned lots more about
dinosaurs and fossils.
activities took place in well-lit area adjacent to Great
Outdoors, and in the nearby blocks area.
Play with plastic
dinosaurs in the blocks area – make mountains, caves, etc., with
the blocks (variations for 2 years and up)
plastic “dinosaurs.” (Sort
them into meat-eaters and plant-eaters, match parents and babies,
and so forth.) (ages
3 and up, with parents help) Learn
Hunt for loose fossils in
a fossil-rich gravel—and take them home (best for ages 4 and up)
Dig real fossil bones out
of a “mock rock” matrix, and display them in the museum (best
for ages 6 and up) Learn
real fossils from Illinois and nearby states (all ages)
|We live in the Golden Age of Plastic
Dinosaurs! Today you can buy more kinds, and better quality,
plastic dinosaurs than ever before.
During Fossil Hunters, young
visitors to Wonder Works get to play with a huge assortment of
prehistoric beasts in almost any way they please.
Go here to link to some Web sites about plastic
|Can you tell
meat-eaters from plant-eaters? Real dinosaurs from other
sorts of prehistoric beasts? Can you match dinosaur
parents with their young?
During Fossil Hunters, you can
test your dino-sorting skills.
ZoomDinosaurs.com is our favorite Web site about
dinosaur classification and dinosaur names:
you ever found a fossil? You'll find hundreds of real
ones during Fossil Hunters, and you can take the best
five home to add to your collection.
Your finds will include teeth from
sharks and rays that lived in Florida millions of years ago.
We buy some of our fossil mix from The Fossil Web's
online store. Go here to learn more about "PaleoPebble"
Go here to see pictures of the sorts of fossils
that can be found in the Peace River area:
Go here to find links to Web sites about
fossil bones are found buried in solid rock. To study
them, paleontologists have to dig them out by chipping or
scraping away the rock.
During Fossil Hunters, you can
help us dig out bones of fossil mammals buried in simulated
sandstone. The bones we excavate come from animals that
lived in Florida millions of years ago.
You can see fossil bones from Florida at this
Our real fossil bones were embedded in a kind of
fake rock that we call "mock rock." We've buried all
sorts of things in mock rock over the years, including polished stones
and many types of fossils. Go here to learn how to make mock
can find fossils right here in Illinois and in nearby
states. During Fossil Hunters, you can see a
fossil collection built by 8-year-old Ethan, who lives near
Wonder Works and helped us plan this special program.
Here's a Web site about common fossils found in
This page includes many more links to Web sites
about Illinois fossils:
The most common fossils in Chicago suburbs are
found in chunks of gray rock used to make roads, driveways, parking
lots, and railroad beds. The scientific name for this rock is
"dolostone." Go here to learn more about dolostone and
the fossils found within it: