Rocks and Fossils activity 6: Fossil Pudding
The children research famous Victorian palaeontologists and fossil collectors including Gideon Mantell, Robert Owen, Mary Anning, Thomas Huxley and Folkestone’s very own John Griffiths. Then embark on a fossil hunt to collect tiny fossil shells and ammonites from East Wear Bay (or have some provided). With these they create ‘fossil puddings’ by pressing them into a small piece of cement. First made by John Griffiths, these were popular Victorian souvenirs.
Increased knowledge and understanding of Victorian fossil collectors, ammonites, shells, and Victorian souvenirs.
KS1-2 Science (rocks and fossils, prehistoric animals)
KS1-2 Art (working with clay, making skills)
KS1-2 History (famous people, local history study)
Press about 10-20 mini fossil shells and ammonites from East Wear Bay into a lump of grey-coloured self-hardening clay to make a fossil pudding, similar to those created by Folkestone’s Victorian fossil collector John Griffiths.
Learn with Objects links
Use Learn with Objects, Rocks and Fossils 1-11 for info and images.