Revisit: Mongolia

I didn’t know what to expect this summer when it came to learning about new countries, Martin has requested a break. So instead we have revisited some of our previously explored countries and learned a little bit more about them.

We ‘visited’ Mongolia back in February of this year and learned all about the nomadic communities and their homes called yurts, we made traditional filled steamed buns called buuz and finally we learned about how paleontologists are discovering and unearthing dinosaur fossils in the Gobi Desert!

Fossils

To take our understanding of fossils to the next level we learned how fossils are made. When a plant or animal dies in a muddy place, the remains get covered in more mud and silt. Over time the organic matter decays and more sediment builds up and compresses until you have the impression of the plant or animal left in the rock.

We decided to make our own plant fossils with air dry clay.

You will need….

  • leaves and flowers
  • air dry clay
  • small rolling pin
  • toothpick

Step 1: Start by heading outside and gathering leaves and flowers, try to get a wide variety of shapes and textures.

Step 2: Roll out the clay using the rollin pin (we used a play-doh rolling pin).

Step 3: Next lay your different leaves and flowers onto the clay- gently roll the rolling pin over them to help press them into the clay to leave a good impression.

Step 4: Use a toothpick or your fingers to carefully lift the plants out of the clay.

Step 5: Allow the clay to dry, and your fossil is all done. We even cut some out with cookie cutters for some added fun 🙂

For more clay activities check out our adventure in Botswana!

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