We read several non-fiction dinosaur books from our home collection. This one gives a good overview of dinosaurs and fossils, but… Anna was scared. She is not a big fan of skeletons. After reading the book she delivered the following speech, I don’t like bones. They make me crumble and sleep on the floor and do things I don’t like to do and especially things you don’t want me to do. I have no idea what she was talking about, but it’s clear that paleontology is not on her list of top 5 career choices :) I was slightly disappointed since I planned the whole day of pretending to be paleontologists and building dinosaurs in different ways. She was still interested in building them, just without all that paleontologist nonsence. This Lego dinosaur was obviously not built by her. In fact, I personally think it’s a dog, but Anna assured me that it’s a dinosaur, and he is a horse for her plastic dinosaurs. She enjoyed making her tangram dinosaur best. She really likes playing with classic tangram, probably because it only has 7 pieces – a manageable number for a toddler. She managed to build this dinosaur with very minimal help, and was very proud of herself.
This activity was a flop. Despite cheerful smiles Anna was absolutely not interested in building with her magnetic blocks following the pattern that I got from here. It’s funny how she strongly rejects some of the activities that look like fun – coloring and pattern block building definitely fold into this category. My guess – they require precision, and she gets bored quickly.
She enjoyed TinkerToy dinosaur a lot more. In case you can’t guess, it’s pteranodon. We didn’t have a lot of pieces available, because my husband build an elaborate working pulley to demonstrate her concepts from Sid the Science Kid episode about pulleys. She was not interested, but wanted to keep the pulley, so we built with what was left. I helped a little, but mostly it’s Anna’s creation.
Overall, I have to admit that despite wanting to learn about dinosaurs, Anna is not really fascinated by them, not at all like her interest in human body topics. She is mostly interested in activities and books that humanize dinosaurs – picture them like human kids, make them participate in activities that she can comprehend. And she didn’t display any interest in making any dinosaur craft – clearly this week is not a crafty week for her. I might do some more academic dinosaur fun in the afternoon today – I’ll play it by ear.