If your kids are fascinated by fossils and love learning about dinosaurs, they will really enjoy learning about Paleontology.
From the National Geographic Society, Paleontology is described as: “The study of the history of life on Earth based on fossils. Fossils are the remains of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and single-celled living things that have been replaced by rock material or impressions of organisms preserved in rock.”
Paleontologists use the remains of the fossils they have found to understand about extinct and currently living organisms and their environment.
Here are some fun Paleontology Printables and Resources for your kids to do their own unit study on Paleontology:
Young Earth Resources:
Answers in Genesis is a great resource for Christians founded by Christian scientists who believe in a young earth. They have a lot of resources on Paleontology and fossils:
About Fossils and links to different fossil topics, videos and articles
Lessons Learned from a Fossil – magazine article
How are Fossils Formed?
Anyone for Science has a Paleontology for Kids page with resources, and lesson plans to create your own dino dig.
The National Park Service has free educational curriculum downloads for teachers and students. There are Paleontology and Archaeology curriculum printables.
These books are great for learning about Paleontology:
Fossils And History : Paleontology for Kids
You Can Be a Paleontologist!: Discovering Dinosaurs with Dr. Scott
Paleontology: The Study of Prehistoric Life
Fossils and Paleontology for kids: Facts, Photos and Fun | Children’s Fossil Books
The Fossil Book (Wonders of Creation)
These are great activities and games to pretend you are a paleontologist:
FOSSIL ON! Game with Fossil, Rock & Mineral Collection – Trilobite, Shark, Dinosaur, Amethyst, Jasper and lots more – Collect and Learn with STEM-based Educational Science Kit in Carrying Case
Dig It Up! Dinosaur Eggs
Fossil Collection Kit – Contains 15 Genuine Fossils! Pack of 1
Mega Fossil Dig Kit – Dig Up 15 Real Fossils (Dinosaur Bones, Sharks, & More) | Great Science, Archeology, Paleontology Gift for Boys and Girls | Excavation Toys
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