Documents and Worksheets
Story Time ( Hosted by Time capsule TV story Chest)
Resources for 'boxed' activities
We now provide additional activities alongside our indoor and outdoor workshops.
various laminated help sheets are part of the equipment, but you may wish to have a look at these too.
Video re. facial reconstruction; here ( link to my video on youtube)
You may wish to prepare for our visit with some hands on stone age projects, Or you may want to provide an activity for the class that has yet to visit us.
The ideas below are all things that we have seen employed at schools, great little activities that really help the children get the most out of the day.
Jewellery was very important in the Stone Age, people have always liked to decorate themselves and ancient people were no different. Beads can show status, success and the richness of your hunting territory. Afterall, If you are barely surviving, part of a tribe that doesn't work together and lives in a very bad hunting area, would you waste time making mammoth tusk beads? Or carefully drilling holes in shells and Amber? No! you'd be out scrimping for food.
Stoneage 'teeth' necklaces can be modelled out of clay, or mashed toilet paper. Spacer beads can be made from sections of paper straws. You can even add feathers, and shells. Beads were often sewn onto clothing or worn as elaborate head dresses. ( Look up the Sunghir Burials- that's a LOT of beads.. and each one takes about 4 hours to make with flint tools!) those with long hair can fashion a bone shaped hair pin using a chopstick or pencil as a base.
This wonderful idea was used to great effect at a school we visited last year..... So much so that we now supply it as an additional activity with our school visits ( unless we are spending all day with one group)
Place tables end to end to form a long winding tunnel, cover with blankets or hessian to make it dark, and fasten paper to the undersides of the desks. The children can crawl in, their way lit only by battery powered candles and paint on the 'ceiling' of the cave, getting a taste for just what our ancestors went through to create the worlds oldest art.
This goes very well with the cave painting activity above, but also creates an even more memorable start to our workshop- the outdoor structure is entered by means of a tunnel full of ancient cave paintings, with torches, the children can light their own way in true Indiana Jones fashion! Many cave paintings used existing shapes in the stone to create the bulge of an animals belly, or the shape of a leg. Its almost as though the painters could see the painting in the rock, and just had to make it visible with their careful additions of ochre and charcoal. Some show the same animal drawn several times in slightly different poses, one on top of another, almost like a flick book- and in the eerie, flickering light of a torch, they almost seem to move!
You will need a wrapping paper tube, or card rolled into a cone, a small yogurt pot, glue, poster paint, LED candles or a small torch, and tissue paper or cloth scraps in shades of red and yellow.
Wedge the pot into the end of the tube and secure with hot glue or tape. Paint the tube brown, or cover with papier mache to create a wood like texture then paint. finally add torn strips of coloured tissue paper around the edge of the pot. Tip; if the strips of paper are soaked in PVA and the torch is hung upside down to dry, then they will be more rigid and should stand upright around the edge of the pot which holds the candle. ( it can be a good idea to secure the candle with a blob of blu tac or a loop of tape.
Ice age art
Using modelling clay, sculpt a menagerie of extinct ice age animals- Giant Deer, Mammoths, Bison, Aurochs and Cave Lions. The children could even have a go at making 'Venus' figurines- the stylised images of women that seemed to have had religious significance throughout Europe during the Upper Paleolithic, and into the Mesolithic.