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Easter Island Hats

Topic: Creativity, cause & effect

Archaeologists believe they have solved one ancient mystery surrounding the famous Easter Island statues. Up to 1,000 years ago, the islanders started putting giant red hats on the statues. Scientists think the hats were rolled down from an ancient volcano. Each hat, weighing several tonnes, was carved from volcanic rock. They were placed on the heads of the famous statues all around the coast of the island.

In this activity children will learn about pushes and pulls and ways of moving objects. They will consider how the islanders may have put the hats in place and draw a picture to convey their ideas.

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