I didn’t plan to have dinosaurs and their teeth as a science topic of the week, but Anna thought otherwise. For some reason her fascination with dinosaurs grew even more lately once she decided that they really died out and therefore not likely to come and get her. She pulled several dinosaur books from the shelves of the library including this book. I Dreamt I Was A Dinosaur is gorgeously illustrated and might encourage a lot of crafting for moms and kids who are craftier than us. The story is quite simple, but in the end of the story there are a couple of pages on paleontology and on different dinosaurs. Anna was mostly interested in who was a plant eater and who was a meat eater. Then she said that she wants to write her observations in the journal. She filled several pages drawing sharp teeth of meat-eaters and grinding teeth of plant-eaters. She insisted that plant eater teeth had bumps to help grind food – I guess there was a reference to this somewhere in the books she read. Those heart stickers were mostly to complete each drawing until she decided to switch from drawing teeth to making butterflies with her stickers. She also talked while she drew about human teeth and how we have front teeth for biting and molars for grinding, because we are omnivores (this bit of useful information is courtesy of Sid the Science Kid). She also informed me that she wants to watch Dinosaur Train again – she banned it a few months ago as “too scary”.
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