Prehistoric cave paintings date from about 10,000 to 20,000 years ago, the oldest found is 44,000 years old! They were made on cave walls or ceilings with paint applied by finger, chewed sticks, or fur for brushes. These paintings may have served as storytelling, history recording or for rituals. They include animals and people and give scientists clues about how early humans lived and survived. In this activity, students will create their own cave painting. It's a fun way for students to understand the importance of these paintings. Students will have to consider what scientists of the future would learn about their lives from their cave painting. They can put characters, scenes, items, and animals that are important to them to give clues about their lives and values.
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Objective: Create your own cave painting! If scientists of the future saw a cave painting about your life many years from now, what would they find?