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After I discovered the Kaiyodo Dinotale Chocosaurs, a week later, our prehistoric creatures came creeping in. I’ll introduce them, according to “age”.

ORDOVICIAN

Our Triarthrus trilobite… Out of the 15 thousand species of trilobites, this is the one most commonly used in science texts displaying trilobite physiology.

Triarthrus trilobite

Triarthrus trilobite

SILURIAN

Our Pterygotus, a sea scorpion (eurypterid), that can grow 7 feet long.

Pterygotus

Pterygotus

DEVONIAN “age of fishes”

Cute little Hemicyclaspsis (closely related to Cephalaspis as seen in Walking with Monsters) is a jawless fish. She had a heavily armored, shovel-shaped headshield

Hemicyclaspis - jawless fish
Hemicyclaspis – jawless fish

And lastly…

PERMIAN
Diplocaulus, the strange looking amphibian with the boomerang-shaped head!

Diplocaulus

Diplocaulus

 

Here they all are, getting together for a prehistoric party. More to come next week! I know you’re looking forward to it. 😛

Prehistoric party!

Prehistoric party!

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!

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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.

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

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

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

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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!

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.

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

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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

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?

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It then scuttered right up to Satori’s head!

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

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Satori has been obsessed with trilobites today. A few days ago it was triceratops. So I’m researching more about trilobites, as she wants to do a video narration on her trilobite knowledge. I soon found out that trilobites rank second only to dinosaurs as a famous extinct organism. Today we also learned that there are thousands of species of trilobites, so every fossil can look a little different. They were the first ancient creature to develop sophisticated eyes, although the different species of trilobites have eyes in different places, or no eyes at all!

Trilobite interactive coloring page from EnchantedLearning.com

Trilobite interactive coloring page from EnchantedLearning.com

We found this interactive online Trilobite coloring page on EnchantedLearning.com, which normally needs a subscription, but we weren’t asked for our password. Here’s Satori’s coloring job. 🙂

Thank you Levi from Nature’s Own in Nederland for giving us a great fossil demonstration! He helped Satori pick out her very own trilobite fossil, something she’d been really looking forward to. Trilobite fossil was $6.

Trilobite fossil

Trilobite fossil

He also had a stunning display of pearly ammonites, so pretty! We got one for a  few dollars to add to our collection. Here it is sitting on this fossil book with the first page showing a pearly ammonite.

Pearly Ammonite fossil

Pearly Ammonite fossil

For $12, we got a whole kit of 12 fossils – all the common ones plus petrified wood, a dinosaur bone, and much more…

Fossil kit of 12 fossils

Fossil kit of 12 fossils

Each fossil is enclosed with a description of what it is, how old it is, what period it came from, and where it came from. Here’s our Crinoid stem (sea lily) which was actually an animal fossil.

Crinoid stem fossil

Crinoid stem fossil

But you always have to have a favorite, and for Satori, it was the Trilobite.

Favorite fossil - trilobite

Favorite fossil - trilobite

Here she is rolling around with her new favorite trilobite.

I love my trilobite!

I love my trilobite!