A Sweet Archaeology Activity for Kids

Dinosaur lovers will really dig this sweet archaeology activity for kids! 

When paleontologists dig up dinosaurs, they think about a few things. One of the things they think about is where the fossil was found, or its context.

Where in the dirt? Was it near the surface? Deep underground? Was it near footprints? Next to a fossilized tree? Where a fossil was found can tell us more about it.

If you dig dinosaurs, this archaeology activity will turn kinds into junior paleontologists!


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tray
  • Toothpicks aka your chisel and hammer
materials for activity

Step 1:

Place your paper on the tray.  This will be your excavation area.

 On the blank side of the paper, use the ruler to mark out a 5cm x 5cm grid.  Each square in the grid should be 1 cm down and 1 cm across.

Label the boxes across the top A, B, C, D, & E, and the boxes down the side 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. 

a 5 x 5 archaeology grid for activity

Step 2:

Place the cookie in the middle of your plate on top of the squares you drew.

Very carefully, chip the cookie dough away from one chocolate chip.  Watch your fingers!

archaeology activity for kids

Step 3:

Try to excavate as many chips as you can. Use the grid to remember where you found them, and make note of unique shapes or sizes.

recording your archaeology cookie


You have now excavated your chocolate chips and noted their position just like a paleontologist does with a dinosaur skeleton. Each numbered square helps them remember where they found a fossil.

an excavated cookie activity for kids

Expand on the activity!