Don't have a yard suitable to doing fun archaeology digs in? Well, then just try layer cake!
I can't claim to have come up with this brilliant idea. That honor goes to amazing homeschool mom Megan Evans who made the archaeology/paleontology cake below, and graciously allowed me to share her photos of it here.
She didn't have a yard so she baked "artifacts" into a layer cake to "excavate" later. That is the tastiest archeology dig I've ever heard of.
On the top we have a scrumptious campsite.
Then underneath we see the layers.
I like how she made the layers from
different color cake mix.
In the middle layer, a grave with grave goods.
(Love the use of the ring as a crown!)
And for the bottom layer, moving from
archaeology to paleontology,
we have dinosaurs.
This is a project that would be so worth the sugar rush. If you didn't want to eat through all that cake at once I could see gradually "excavating" it over several days. For older kids you could have them string the top area off like a real archeology dig and diagram where they found things in the cake. Such fun! Thanks Megan for sharing this great idea!
- Archaeology and archeology are both correct spellings of the word in the US. To learn more, read this. )
- Paleontology and Archeology, while they overlap some, are different. Learn more here.