We celebrated Olivia's 8th birthday on Saturday. She asked to have an archaeological party this year based on her desire to be an archaeologist when she grows up. Our archaeologist enjoyed having her family and friends join her in "digging."
After Olivia's guests arrived we played an archaeological word search and then archaeological bingo. Each archaeologist received an Archaeologist Tool Kit that contained a hat, bucket, shovel, rake, gloves, brush, compass, notepad and pencil, magnifying glass, and a burlap bag. These tools were helpful in searching for buried ancient artifacts.
The first dig of the day was locating large items. There were large sea shells, terra cotta pots, gold rocks, silver rocks, etc. After returning inside to cool off for awhile and solve a hieroglyphic message, the archaeologists returned outside to a sand dig. They used sand screens (made by Michael and Olivia) to find arrowheads, scarab beads, glass beads, Roman coins, small seashells, and wooden beads. After some serious screening the young archaeologists returned inside to make necklaces out of their found arrowheads and beads.
It was then time to sing "Happy Birthday" and eat cake (actually brownie) and ice cream. Olivia's cake was an archaeological dig grid with several ancient cultures artifacts. Opening presents and then solving a maze of an archaeologist finished out the party. Olivia had a fun time and was exhausted from the hard archaeological work.
For more birthday pictures see "Olivia's 8th Birthday" in the left hand column under Photo Albums.