Thursday, April 22, 2010

 

Digging Up Dinosaurs

Anna’s preschool theme this week is dinosaurs. We did a dinosaur week in the fall with many books and crafts, but having this theme in preschool rekindled her interest big time. She especially enjoyed “digging for dinosaur bones, but they were plastic, mama” with her classmates. So at home I dug out the only dinosaur book that we haven’t read during our dinosaur theme – Digging Up Dinosaurs. It’s a science book from Let’s Apr19_DinoDig1 Read-and-Find Out series, and it’s a bit too advanced for her. She didn’t want to read it last time, because she was afraid of anything that had to do with skeletons. Now she listened with interest and asked a lot of questions on fossils. I still had 3D dinosaur puzzles that I got for $1 at Michael’s, so after reading a book we did a dinosaur dig of our own. Anna really enjoyed digging Apr19_DinoDig2out “dinosaur bones” and putting her dinosaur together (with my help). Then she  played with him and her other toys for an hour – the dinosaur was very brave and protected everyone during their picnic (all games here involve elaborate food preparation). We also later made another dinosaur that had come in the same pack, and they were chasing each other and putting on dinosaur shows.  Apr21_Playdoh2

I suggested to make some more playdoh food for dinosaurs, but for once Anna was not too interested. Instead she was making “planet Earth” – a big pile of green playdoh on top of a blue ball. She insisted that her Earth will be all green and will only have one big lake. Let’s pretend that this “green Earth” thought is inspired with all “Earth Day” books that we read lately.

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11 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I wonder if there are any good dinosaur picnic books out there?

Debbie said...

I love the dinosaur hunt! Selena would love that activity if only we had a sand box and I could find some dinosaurs. I need to look for dinosaur books there just are not any at our library. I've only been looking since before Christmas!

Love Anna's earth!

Sue Jackson said...

My boys were both obsessed with dinosaurs at that age!! In fact, most of our books were about dinos. My oldest could identify dozens of dinos with 5-syllable names when he was about 4!

My kids always really enjoyed dinosaur dig projects - the ones where kids chip away at a block, like a paleontologist, to uncover dino bones. My kids also liked the Mystery Rock one where you dig for gems.

Enjoy Earth Day!

Sue

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

My five year old has absolutely no interest in dinosaurs, but I'll have to try again with my youngest!

MaryAnne said...

I really like your idea of using a 3D puzzle for a dinosaur hunt! Anna's earth is pretty funny =)

Christy said...

I have to try a dinosaur fossil dig with my kids. We went to a museum in NY last summer that had a huge dinosaur dig and the kids loved it. For some reason, I never thought to do it at home. I'll have to look for bones!

Ticia said...

That was one dinosaur activity we never did at home, we went to a local park, but my kids would have loved it.
And that bottom picture of her grinning is PRECIOUS!

sbswtp said...

This looks like so much fun!

artsy_momma said...

Looks like a cute book and like she had a blast!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What fun!! I love how the dinosaurs went on a picnic! She's so imaginative!!

Pathfinder Mom said...

This line - all games here involve elaborate food preparation - totally cracks me up. Sounds like the dinosaur dig was quite a success!