In celebration of Darwin’s birthday I told my children about who Darwin was, about his trip on the Beagle, and I tried to explain to them — using Lego blocks — the theory of evolution. We ended up talking about fossils and decided to go to look for fossils on the weekend. I had never gone in search of fossils before and I didn’t know what to expect. But it turned out to be a success! It took us no more than ten minutes to find the first fossil and about twice as long to find a perfect fossil of a seashell.
The next day my son took the fossil to school. To my surprise his English teacher couldn’t believe that one can find a fossil of a seashell on top of a mountain (Hilton Falls in Milton, Ontario) a few hours from Toronto. She asked him if he knew how the seashell got here all the way from the ocean. And he knew it. His science teacher thought it to be a great idea to go on a school trip with the class to look for fossils.
If you have young kids, go look for fossils! If you have other ideas how to make science fun for kids, let me know.