RBCM@Home (Kids)

Festive Trilobite Cookies! with Dr. Victoria Arbour

Trilobites are a completely extinct group of animals that look a little bit like today’s horseshoe crabs, and they are some of the most abundant fossils found on the planet – including in British Columbia! We’ll learn about trilobites and their fossils in British Columbia, and get into the holiday spirit by making some festive shortbread cookie versions of trilobites.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • About 1 cup of chocolate chips or baking chocolate (to be melted)
  • Mini M&Ms (green and red if you’re feeling festive)
  • A mixing bowl and a measuring cup
  • A microwave-safe bowl and a spoon
  • A fork
  • A baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or wax paper

We’ll show you how to make trilobite cookies out of shortbread, but you can use any cookie dough that holds its shape during baking, like peanut butter cookies or gingerbread. You can also make this gluten-free by swapping in your preferred flour, or more diabetic-friendly by swapping in a sugar replacement and using dark chocolate.

RBCM @ Home (Kids) is hosted by Chris O'Connor. 

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The Zoom Room has a capacity of 500 spots. If you are not able to access through Zoom, we will also be streaming on Facebook Live. Please visit the Royal BC Museum Facebook page.

If you missed past sessions, check out our RBCM @ Home (Kids) YouTube page.
RBCM @ Home (Kids) is like a museum playdate online. Visit with members of the museum staff who are working from home, along with families from across BC, as we make and learn together. Each session will have some kind of making activity, so get your paper and pencil crayons ready. RBCM @ Home(Kids) takes place on Wednesdays at 11 am, visit our calendar for topics, presenters and a list of materials so you can join in with hands-on activities at home.

For adults and youth, check out RBCM @ Home. This program takes place on Tuesdays at 12pm and highlights members of the curatorial and collections staff who are working from home during the pandemic and discover how they do their work, how their work is reflected in their homes and what they're working on now.

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Chris O’Connor
Learning Program Developer