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Archive for May, 2009

It was a family activity night tonight. After we enjoyed our second batch (new and improved) of trilobite cookies, we made our clay salamanders. Well, David actually made a Permian reptile, the Dimetrodon, which he found sitting on the kitchen counter, oddly enough.

Here our cold-blooded creatures are getting ready to bask in the sun oven.

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

After an hour, they were ready to come alive with colors!


We used colorful metallic paints, which at first I wasn’t so sure about, but they totally rocked! Satori is painting her salamander in all kinds of colors. You can also see her baby sea turtle in this shot, equally vibrant.


David made this shimmering green/yellow Dimetrodon and baby. Angela made the trilobite top left.


Mom made a coral salamander. Here she is staring at Satori’s salamander.


And here they all are, our family of amphibians and reptiles!!!


Making Clay Creatures

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 T vegetable oil

Mix and then knead until nice and smooth. Form your salamander or creature, don’t forget legs and beady eyes! We made indentations on our creatures for toes, wrinkles and mouth. Bake in oven at 300 degrees for an hour. Wait until cool, then paint away! Then set your clay creatures and salamanders somewhere where you can enjoy your craft all year long.

Thank you Nature's Own

Thank you Nature's Own

Satori gave Mike and Levi at Nature’s Own in Nederland, CO this thank you note today. 🙂 Levi was kind enough to spend some time a few weeks ago to show us the fossils they had in the store and helped pick out her first trilobite fossil. (Can you tell Satori likes trilobites yet?)

We have a few pen-pals now, and have gotten some nice letters, so we’ll be spending tomorrow writing some of her new friends. Great way to practice handwriting, we haven’t done this for awhile!

David promised to get Satori her very own computer in June. Since June 1st is tomorrow, he couldn’t wait to get it for her today!

So we headed down to Boulder and got her a super cool computer. I gave her one of my 24″ LCD panels, and we had set up her desk a few weeks ago. So all we needed was a small, girly pink mouse and we’re set!


We’ll be using this computer for homeschooling/learning how to read and stuff. I gave her one of my old cameras, so I will show  her how to frame her photos in the camera, take decent shots, and how to edit them on her computer. 🙂

If you’re studying prehistory and early life, or just love cute little creature cookies, then you *must* make these cute Trilobite Cookies!

Trilobite Cookies!

Trilobite Cookies!

After googling trilobite masks yesterday, I found these cookies and HAD to make them. I even rushed down to Boulder at night to get a cookie press! They were born at 11pm last night.


Since our Trilobites have raspberry jam insides, they’re a healthy breakfast item, right?


Neither Satori or I like chocolate too much, so we just eat their butts!

Head here for the recipe for Trilobite Cookies! Thank you George Hart (creator of these Trilobite cookies) for both this yummy recipe and for helping me figure out how to use a cookie press! 😉

Trilobite Cookie ingredients

Trilobite Cookie ingredients

We had these dinosaur bone kits lying around, so today we finally put them together. We are so close to our dinosaur studies that things are overlapping and I thought it would be fun to do some dino activities today.

There’s 4 total in this collection, here we just have Brachiosaurus and Stegosaurus.


No sooner than we I had this brachiosaurus put together, when someone stuffed some leaves in his mouth! (We often have to stop to feed her plant eating animals grass and leaves.)


Both skeletons have movable jaws so the plant leaves stay!



Also, an update on our caterpillars, they have moved up to the top and formed their cocoon. I’ve moved the chrysalis to their butterfly habitat and now we just wait for them to emerge!

Here they are in their cup they came in. It got quite dirty with lots of caterpillar poop and silk stuff.




I had nothing better to do today while waiting for David to get home from his one-day Mexico meeting, so Satori and I did a bunch of experiments and trilobite crafts.

First up, this super cool Paper Trilobite! Print out this page to Build your own Paper Trilobite. It didn’t take long to make, just print, cut and glue/tape. It was an all-mom activity though, until I gave it to Tori to play with.

Isn’t he amazing?


It then scuttered right up to Satori’s head!

Next up, Trilobite Masks. I simply googled and found directions on making Trilobite Masks.



Just another sweet morning with Tori… She put on this dress and wanted to do a photo shoot, couldn’t resist. 🙂

A girl’s favorite colors – pink and fuchsia