This is my fossil adventure game. It's bigger than this picture. I drew lots of pictures and circles to walk on, and then I wrote on them. The pictures are of an ammonite, a belemnite, a fossilised leaf, a parasaurolophus, an ichthyosaur head, a trilobite, and some fossilised teeth.
You have to roll the dice and the number it lands on, you have to go that many steps forward. If there's a message in the circle, then you have to do what it says. We played it lots yesterday, and this circle says "go to the trilobite", and there is a circle with a trilobite in it. Maybe you can make your own game at home, it can be any game you want!
We went to London. It was the first time I went to London. This is me waiting outside the Natural History Museum. It was a really, really rainy day. Mummy got really wet. We had to wait over half an hour.
This is a picture of Dippy, the diplodocus. He is in the middle of the museum and he is super, super, super, super big!
This is an ichthyosaur head that Joseph found. Joseph is Mary Anning's brother, and Joseph is a bit older than Mary Anning. The museum had lots of fossils of ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs that Mary Anning found, but the picture of me, two pictures down, is with a pliosaur. It was so big that Mummy had to tilt the camera to take a picture!
This a megatherium. It was alive after the dinosaurs. While the dinosaurs were alive, mammals were as big as a mouse, but after the dinosaurs died, they grew bigger and bigger, and the megatherium was one of the biggest - it was much, much bigger than a bear!
They have lots of fossils in the museum. In this room, it was all full of fossils. They were found all over Great Britain. There was a computer that was stuck to a microscope, and you could look at fossils up close. There was another computer, and you could look up where they found the fossils.
This is an archaeopteryx. Scientists are arguing whether archaeopteryx was a dinosaur or an early bird - I think it is a dinosaur. This is what it would have looked like when it was alive.
I'm not telling you anything about this T Rex - you have to find out how scary it is when you go to London to the museum!
The picture below is a parasaurolophus fossilised skull. He could make a noise with his big horn, it sounded a bit like the fog horn of a big ship. If you go to the Dinosaurierpark in Germany, you could hear what it sounded like, or you can have a look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBU6zfI1b0U . It's a film to show how the horn worked, although it's really called a crest. But I didn't make that film.
My best piece was when I saw the T Rex, even though it was scary. And I also liked the megatherium, and seeing all the fossils that Mary Anning found. One day, we're going to go back. It was so fun at the museum, I nearly cried when I got out, but that cry was a happy cry, I didn't want to leave!
Today we went to the Ashton Memorial. It's in Lancaster. We were taking down Mummy's exhibition at one of her follies. As we walked up the stairs, we saw fossils! We saw shells, and one bit that might have been a coral. You can find fossils on rocks, and you can find fossils on the beach, and you can find fossils in forests, and you can find fossils on stairs!
Today we went to the Alfred Denny Museum. It's in the University of Sheffield, and you have to tell them you want to come. It's an animal museum. It's called zoology, and there are lots and lots and lots of creatures. There are some sponges and corals, and there was a dead person, and an ostrich and there was a snake and a hedgehog and a squirrel and an armadillo and a porcupine and bullfrogs and chicken embryos, and lots of other creatures.
This is half a squirrel. It has fur on one side, and it has bones on the other side. It's for students to learn what's inside the creatures. There was also half a seal, half a mole, half a bat, half a porpoise, half a hedgehog and half a bullfrog.
This is a little ichthyosaur. They had a cast of a fossil pterodactyl - the grown up and the babies are in the pictures below.
This is a terror bird. Can you see that eye? That's just a made up eye. The terror bird lived about 62-2 million years ago. It couldn't fly, but it grew taller than a person, and it was super dangerous. I had a really, really, really, really good time, and I want to go back another day.
We made some fossil cookies. First, Mummy toasted some walnuts...
...and here I'm chopping the butter.
Here I'm squashing the dough together.
Here are all the things that we used.
Here I'm pushing a dinosaur into the cookie to make a fossil imprint.
Here are the cookies, what they looked like before they went in the oven...
and here are what they looked like when they came out of the oven. They're very yummy!
Thank you to Hazel and Verena for showing us the recipe! If you want to make them, here's the recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/345396/fossil-cookies
Hello, my name is Toby. I am five years old, and I want to be a palaeontologist. I really like fossils, so I'm writing down everything I do with fossils! My Mummy is doing the typing until I'm a bit older, but she writes everything I say.