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Prehistory on a time line

The furnace installers were here all day today, so now we have a working furnace with a new thermostat that will take weeks to learn how to use (so far we have learned how to change the font of the display).

But with workers in the house from 8:30 until 5:30 Calvin and I found ourselves home bound. That's not always a bad thing. I have piles of laundry to catch up on, surfaces to dust, and plants to water, and today was the perfect day to do all those things. It was also the perfect day to move all the dining room furniture and drag out the felt to make a massive interactive timeline of evolution. We got all the epochs and periods and massive extinctions marked, and the Cambrian creatures are made. Maybe I'll get to the laundry tomorrow.

Since Calvin's sudden fascination with prehistoric evolution I've been drooling over the Charlie's Playhouse site. This is a great find for any family interested in teaching the subject, especially if they have extra money floating around. We have a new furnace instead, so no matter how much I wanted to order that really awesome 18 foot fold out book play mat thing, it wasn't going to happen. Instead, it became the inspiration for our own 12 foot (because that's the length of our longest uninterrupted wall) interactive felt version of the Charlie's Playhouse timeline. Ours has removable prehistoric creatures and a lot of our own time, energy, study, and thought put into it. We've only filled in the first period so far, but there's plenty of time (ha ha).

We also read Bang! The Universe Verse and It's Alive, both by James Lu Dunbar, both entertaining if nothing else. And we played Mammoth Hunt, practiced the piano, ran through the yard (which needs rain again), and Calvin filled in a dinosaur color by addition sheet. But all of that is moot comparatively.

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Reader Comments (3)

Amazing felt timeline! Ours is done with Sharpie and glued-on images right onto our basement wall, but now you're inspiring me to make it more gorgeous and elaborate. Oh, and more educational...
September 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPumpkinbear
Wow, what an awesome and inspiring prehistory timeline!!! Wish I had the talent to make one like this. :)
August 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngela
where is the time line??? not helpful at all!!!!!!!!!
September 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermira

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