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Children's Fun Sessions for use on science days or in museums

ELI Early years
Dynamic Rock Cycle
Evolution of Life / Fossils (+ dinosaurs)
Get rich quick
Natural hazards
Earth in space
Out and about
Now let’s eat it!
Cross-curricular (Arts and Science)

ELI Early years
•  Found in the ground: sorted!
•  Make your own rock
•  Fossil or not?
•  Dig up the dinosaur
•  Fossilise! - fossil game
•  Make your own soil
•  Changing state - transforming water
•  Watery world game
•  Gold prospectors
•  Pirates and buried treasure
•  Sensory treasure hunt
•  Rock Explorers
•  Rock builder

•  Quake shake - will my home collapse?
•  Shaken but not stirred?
•  Earthquake prediction - when will the earthquake strike?
•  Surviving an earthquake
•  Tsunami - what controls the speed of the wave?
•  An earthquake in your classroom

•  Found in the ground: sorted!
•  Make your own rock
•  ‘Rockery 1’ - rock game
•  What was it like to be there - in the rocky world?
•  Rock Explorers ELI Early years)
•  Design your own rocky play-park

Dynamic rock cycle
•  ‘Rockery 2’ - rock cycle game
•  The rock cycle in wax
•  Cracking apart - physical weathering
•  Rock, rattle and roll
•  Rolling, hopping, floating and invisibly moving along
•  Mighty river in a small gutter
•  Investigating small-scale sedimentary processes AND modelling mighty rivers
•  Changing coastlines
•  Dust bowl
•  Grinding and gouging
•  Why does soil get washed away?
•  Sand ripple marks in a tank
•  Sand ripple marks in a washbowl
•  Metamorphism - that’s Greek for ‘change of shape’ isn’t it?
•  Squeezed out of shape
•  Blow up your own volcano
•  ‘Crystallisation’ in a pudding dish
•  See how they run
•  Unfair ‘build your own crystal’race
•  Volcano in the lab
•  Banana benders
•  Himalayas in 30 seconds
•  Valley in 30 seconds - pulling rocks apart
•  Margarine mountain-building

•  Blow up your own volcano!
•  Bubble-mania
•  Party time for volcanoes!
•  Take a ‘Chance’ on the volcano erupting
•  The balloon goes up at Krakatoa
•  See how they run
•  Volcano in the lab
•  Tsunami - what controls the speed of the wave?

Evolution of Life / Fossils
•  Fossil or not?
•  Fossilise! - fossil game (ELI Early years)
•  What was it like to be there? - bringing a fossil to life
•  Meeting of the dinosaurs - 100 million years ago
•  Dinosaur in the yard
•  How to weigh a dinosaur
•  Dig up the dinosaur
•  Time-line in your own backyard
•  Toilet roll of time
•  Trail-making
•  Sea shell survival and Trace fossils - burrows or borings
•  Fifty million years into the future
•  How many Beany Beetles? - the evolution game
•  Shell shake - survival of the toughest
•  Ammonites: the ups and downs

Get rich quick
•  Riches in the river
•  Jigging

Natural hazards
•  ELI Natural Hazards category

Earth in space
•  Craters on the Moon
•  Playground planets

Out and about
•  Earth science out of doors
•  Will my gravestone last?
•  Rock around school (investigating building materials)
•  Fieldwork: Applying ‘the present is the key to the past’
•  Fieldwork: Interactive re-creation
•  Now and then
•  The view from the site
•  Questions for any rock face - planning for fieldwork
•  Questions for any rock face 1: weathering
•  Questions for any rock face 2: erosion
•  Questions for any rock face 3: soil
•  Questions for any rock face 4: rock group (sedimentary or igneous)
•  Questions for any rock face 5: sedimentary grains
•  Questions for any rock face 6: fossils
•  Questions for any rock face 7: tilted or folded rocks
•  Questions for any rock face 8: faults
•  Questions for any rock face 9: metamorphic rock
•  Questions for any rock face 10: sequencing geological events
•  Questions for any rock face 11: tectonic plates
•  Questions for any rock face 12: potential of the quarry or cutting
•  Questions for any rock face 13: quarry economics
•  Questions for any rock face 14: recording geological data
•  Building stones 1 - general resource

The following activities introduce Opengeoscience which gives you free UK geology maps. Also, if you have the apps igeology or igeology3D, the maps can be accessed from anywhere where you have a signal
•  Opengeoscience 1 - igneous intrusions and lava
•  Opengeoscience 2 - tilted and folded rocks

Now let’s eat it!
•  Boring chocolate!
•  Does my rock hold water and will water flow through it? Eat the chocolate not the lego!
•  Swiss roll surgery

Cross-curricular (Arts and Science)
•  Geo-art: paintings to sculptures inspired by all things ‘geo’
•  Geo-literature: poems and stories inspired by all things ‘geo’