Archaeological Choc-chip Cookie Dig for Kids- Edward and the Great Discovery

Archaeological Choc-Chip Cookie Dig and book review. Visit My Little Bookcase for details.

Upon reading a new book called Edward and the Great Discovery, we were immediately inspired to try an archaeological dig of our own. A choc-chip cookie dig seemed like the best starting place for my little baker. We enjoyed a rich day of reading, questioning, baking, and delving into the world of archaeology.

Review of Edward and the Great Discovery by Rebecca McRitchieQuite simply, I love this book. Cammy loves this book. And, I can honestly see this book becoming a favourite with many families.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know how much I love books that introduce children to history through clever, interesting storylines and engaging illustrations.

Rebecca McRitchie’s first book, Edward and The Great Discovery, does just that. It is a sweet book about friendship, expectations and ambition but it also introduces young children to archaeology, history, palaeontology and the concepts of animal adaptations and extinction.

Edward comes from a line of archaeologists and, after much waiting, his first discovery is personally and scientifically momentous.

Celeste Hulme’s illustrations are not only warm and endearing, but they are laden with small details that will inspire questions and further investigations. The closing endpaper is also exceptional. It leaves readers with a visual image of Edward’s archaeological kit, hopefully inspiring children to create a kit of their own for exploring and investigating.

Scroll to the end of this post for more details.

Undertake your own Archaeological Choc-chip Cookie Dig for Kids

This is a simple and fun exercise to try with kids. It simulates the delicate work of an archaeologist, and is likely to stir an interest in archaeology and fossils.

You will need:

  • Toothpicks
  • Unused paint brush or pastry brush
  • Magnifying glass
  • Clipboard, paper and pen (optional)
  • Choc-chip cookies (You could buy these, but we chose to make our own using this choc-chip cookie recipe. This allowed us to add milk AND white choc-chips but it also creates moist cookies that don’t crumble too easily. You could also add coloured M&Ms and/or nuts to the cookie dough)

Baking and excavating choc-chip cookies. Visit My Little Bookcase for more details.

How to Excavate a Choc-Chip Cookie

1. Prepare your materials and tools (We used toothpicks in place of spades and trowels, a magnifying glass and an unused paint brush)

Archaeological Choc-Chip Cookie Dig. Visit My Little Bookcase for details.

2. Offer your children the following instructions

  • Use the tools provided to help you search and dig for treasure in your cookie (You might demonstrate how to do this by poking around the choc-chips to loosen them from the cookie OR you can let your child explore and find their own techniques. )
  • You need to be as careful as possible to protect the cookie from breaking or crumbling

Archaeological Choc-Chip Cookie Dig. Visit My Little Bookcase for details.

Archaeological Choc-Chip Cookie Dig. Visit My Little Bookcase for details.

Archaeological Choc-Chip Cookie Dig. Visit My Little Bookcase for details.

3. To extend the activity further, you can keep a tally of your discoveries, leading to addition and probability exercises.  This works particularly well if you have used a mixture of chocolate chip types (e.g. milk and white).

Archaeological Choc-Chip Cookie Dig. Visit My Little Bookcase for details.

Archaeological Choc-Chip Cookie Dig. Visit My Little Bookcase for details.

KEEP DIGGING:

If excavating cookies doesn’t take your fancy or if your kids are keen on finding more great discoveries, then I highly suggest checking out these other fossil and archaeological dig activities:

ICE DIGS

Twenty Fun Things to Freeze in Ice-Blocks, Picklebums

Ice Eggs, A Little Learning for Two

Ice Chiseling, Adventures at Home With Mum

TREASURE DIGS

Sandbox Diamond Mine, The Craft Train for Childhood 101

Mining for Jewels, Adventures at Home With Mum

Gelatine Excavation, Lessons Learnt Journal

FOSSILS AND DINOSAUR DIGS

Dinosaur Fossil Discovery, Adventures at Home With Mum

DIY Dinsoaur Fossils, Lessons Learnt Journal

Making Clay Fossils, Wildlife Fun 4 Kids

EDWARD AND THE GREAT DISCOVERY BOOK DETAILS:

Author: Rebecca McRitchie

Illustrator: Celeste Hulme

ISBN: 9781925059007

Format: Hardback

Publisher: New Frontier Publishing, June 2014

RRP: $24.99 (aud)

Suitable for ages: 4+

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Archaeological Choc-chip Cookie Dig for Kids- Edward and the Great Discovery

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  1. Looks like such a fun activity. I think my kids would eat the cookie!

  2. Kelly said: On June 20, 2014

    Sounds like the kind of book my son would love, and I’ve been looking for one since his birthday is getting closer :-) and love what you and Cammy did to explore the topic further!

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