On Monday, it rained and it rained and it rained. We were booked onto a Home Ed trip to do a Ice Age survival skills workshop at Creswell Crags in Derbyshire. We were also going to look at the cave art - the oldest Ice Age cave art in Britain. Until recently, it was the ONLY known Ice Age cave art in Britain but then they found some in Gower, Wales.
|Ice-Age bison carving|
|A soggy Girl building a shelter|
|An equally soggy Boy also building a shelter|
|Hunting mammoth - the Girl hit it :)|
|Another mammoth hunter|
The Girl says: It was very good but I didn't like the cave spiders. I liked the shelter building and hunting the mammoth. I'd recommend it and my favourite cave picture was the one of the Ibis bird.
The Boy says: It was very good but they were actually quite mean because they took down our shelters when we'd finished them and I wanted to sleep in mine. It was VERY wet.
I say: 'No chance' to the Boy sleeping in that shelter. It was very exciting to hold real Ice Age artefacts - antler is surprisingly heavy and stone-like. I learnt that there were cave lions in Britain and that there are cave spiders now. I'd definitely recommend Creswell Crags to other Home Ed groups as a place to visit. I'm looking forward to going again - probably next summer....on a sunny day ;)
The trip was a follow-up to our local Home Ed group's themed meeting where the children learnt about cave painting, made clat beads, knapped some flint and played Settlers ofthe Stone Age whilst the mums made a model of Stonehenge :)
As a family, we learnt a bit about the Stone Age when we did Chapter 1 of The Story of the World Vol 1. Here are some links I found then which maybe useful to anyone learning about Prehistoric man.
Cave painting lesson
Virtual Tour of Caves at Lascaux
Virtual Tour of the Cave at Chauvet-Pont-D'Arc
Stone Age Family picture to colour
Toolmaker and tools to colour
Woolly Mammoth to colour
Prehistoric hut to make