Bone Discovery and Art Experience

Bones fascinate children; where did they come from? How old are they? What do they feel like? But have you ever given your children the chance to create and play with them?


Collect a variety of bones – we found ours on a farm, so ask your local farmers to keep an eye out in the paddocks for you!

Play: We set up sand boxes with buried bones for the children to discover. We supplied them with scoops, brushes, and face masks so they felt like real palaeontologists.

Art: Once the children have found their bones provide them with some oil pastels and they can experiment with drawing on their bones. For older children, see if they can identify the bone and discuss the composition of bones.  You could even document their thoughts onto the bone using a permanent marker.