I am trying to focus our science on Anna’s current interests. She still talks a lot about dinosaurs, especially after visiting Museum of Natural History. So I got out one of those packages with foam capsules that was featuring dinosaurs. Anna already did the capsules (of safari animals, I think) with Babushka and Dedushka in New Jersey, so she was a pro. I made water rather warm to speed up the process and she used tongs to get her dinosaurs out. Then we tried to identify them using a set of dinosaur cards that I got at Target last year. I wasn’t sure how well it will go, but she was very interested in trying to figure out which dinosaurs she has. T-Rex is still her favorite, and it was too funny to listen to her holding T-Rex card and a foam T-Rex and telling T-Rex: Let me tell you more about you – you are very big and you are the largest meat eater that ever lived (she read it from the back of the card). Then I pointed to her the place on the card with information about dinosaurs’ diet and she sorted everyone into plant eaters, meat eaters and omnivores. This sorting was completely initiated by her, and she stayed on the task until all the cards were sorted. By the way, I didn’t know that some dinosaurs (smaller ones) were omnivores – I also learned something new during this sort.
Our friend came over for a barbecue that night, and Anna pointed out to a bald spot on our lawn and told him, You know, I think it’s a dinosaur footprint. I predict that it was a meat eater, and you will predict that it’s a plant eater. Then we will be acting like paleo… paleontologists. Who knows, maybe she will be… one day.
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