Children have a natural interest in solving puzzles and archeology is a bit like that. It is fun to recover something that is very old that perhaps has not been touched for hundreds of years and then try to find out something about it. IT IS A MYSTERY! And children love to solve them.
A good online archeology source for children is Dialogue for Kids which gives a clear and concise explanation of the process of archeology that children will find easy to understand.
If your child shows an interest in archeology why not take a trip to your local museum? Children are more liable to be interested in something that they can connect to on a personal level so an insight into your child's local history can be very enjoyable.
Even taking a walk in the forest and scrabbling about in old chalk pits can yield dividends. There is something very special about picking up a piece of chalk and realizing that you have the impression of the bones of a tiny fish embedded in the surface. My own children were not just exited and interested, they wanted to find out more about what they had found. For example, it didn't occur to them that there was so many different terminologies for "digging up old stuff".
Archaeologists are very enthusiastic about their work so perhaps if you get in touch with your local archaeological society you may find a willing victim to give a talk at the school or your local club.
Books are very good for imparting information but can sometimes appear a little too dry' for the average child. Although children can be fascinated by the investigative work involved in researching history, they often have a short attention span so it is vital that the reading matter is written in an engaging format.
"Hands-On Archaeology: Real-Life Activities for Kids" by John R. White is an excellent reader for children that really gives a feel for the field of archeology and is explained in a simple, straightforward way. It shows how to create simulated archeology digs in the classroom, to digs in the community. While learning the disciplines of archeology the child will also acquire other skills such as math, biology, geology, art, geography, history, and language skills, as well as motor, social, and conceptual skills.
If your child would like a more personalized view of how events shaped human life then another good book is "Children of the Gold Rush" by Claire Rudolf Murphy and Jane G. Haigh.
We have all heard of the Alaska gold rush but have you ever wondered about the children that lived through those times? The book Children of the Gold Rush by Jane Haigh tells a story of eight young people and their families as they struggled to make their fortune during the Alaska gold rush.
Ultimately one of the best ways to learn about archeology is by volunteering on an archaeological dig. There may be opportunities in your area, so have a look at the Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin, published by the Archaeological Institute of America. Call (617) 555-9361 to order a copy.
You are normally required to be 16 years or over to attend a formal dig, but some people may be open to negotiation it doesn't hurt to ask. If your child is too young to attend an archeological site, then why not speak to your child's teacher at school about starting an after school club? You may be surprised as to how well attended it will be!
http://www.idptv.state.id.us/dialogue4kids/season5/arch/facts.html (Dialogue for Kids)
Children of the Gold Rush
By Claire Rudolf Murphy and Jane G. Haigh