ROAD TRIP EXCAVATIONS
- Plaster of Paris
- Measuring cups
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden dowel
- Pencil sharpener
- Mini M&M's tube
- Items to excavate. I prefer to use a mix of tumbled rocks. You can use anything you like that will fit in the tube.
- Important - Make sure eye protection is always worn while excavating.
Pro tip: Soften the Road Trip Excavation with a little water if it is difficult for your young Excavating Adventurer to dig.
- Place your tumbled rocks or other items in the tube.
- Dry mix one cup of sand with 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris. Increase the recipe as needed to fill multiple Road Trip Excavation tubes at a three parts sand to one part Plaster of Paris ratio.
- Add 1/3 cup of water and mix until you have a pancake like consistency.
- Allow to dry overnight with the lid open.
- Use the pencil sharpener to taper the end of the dowel but do not make a sharp point. This can be a little dangerous and will dull quickly once the excavating begins if too sharp.
- Close the lid and tape the dowel to the side of the tube and you now have a compact excavation kit that is ready to take on the road.
- Once your Excavating Adventurer is ready to dig in, find an area that can get a little messy and easily be cleaned up. Distribute the eye protection and let the fun begin!
- The tube even doubles as a container to store the excavated items for the remainder of the trip!
Pro tip: This is a fun and easy little excavation activity that is very inexpensive. You can even make several of these to take on the road for multiple children or stops.