Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Visit to The Dinosaurs

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 Nov17_LegoDino_SM 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. Nov17_Tangram_SMIn 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.

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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.

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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.

7 comments:

MaryAnne said...

My kids have shown very little interest in dinosaurs thus far - I think they probably will when they are a little older...

Diana said...

My boys are just now getting interested in dinosaurs. They can be a bit scary. I love the tangrams, which is one of the activities my oldest likes, but he is more interested in creating his own designs than replicating a picture. I really like your idea to build dinosaurs with legos. I'll have to try that.

Debbie said...

As I said before Selena enjoys watching Dinosaur Train, but to really discuss dinosaurs or think of them outside of the cartoon, she finds scary as well, so it will be a while before we go there.

I love all the crafts that Anna did get put together she is such a smart girl!

Adriana said...

Diego has never been scared of dinosaurs. He has LOVED them from the first plastic dinosaur my husband bought him. It is so funny how kids are so different. He is usually a very cautious but he has no problem with the giant T-Rex head (full of teeth) poster hanging behind his bed.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Has she read Mo Willems Edwina dinosaur book? I haven't read it yet, but it looks very cute. Or maybe a classic - Danny and the Dinosaur? I loved that when I was younger. :) I bought my nephew one of the "How Do Dinosaurs..." books earlier this year, when he was starting school. Those are fun too.

Ticia said...

A lot of the things she's struggling with could be developmental. My boys never wanted to color, and Princess still doesn't, but about 6 months or so ago (a little before they turned 4) they suddenly started coloring like crazy. And filling coloring books and drawing.
Isn't it funny when they change their minds on what they want to do? Mine do it all the time and drive me nuts.

The girl who painted trees said...

I can't get into Dinosaurs myself. But we recently read How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight and it was a good read. Anna might like it. We have a dinosaur museum near us so we may go next weekend.