Monday, June 21, 2010


June12_Dinosaurs2

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.June12_Dinosaurs1 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.

To see more science projects from young learners, visit Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.

8 comments:

Adriana said...

Target must have those same cards again because we just picked up two sets on Friday. Great job sorting the dinosaurs by their food preference. Diego loves to do that also.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

If she keeps this interest as she gets older, it would be fun to let her participate at a dig sight.

Debbie said...

I love her enthusiasm over this. Selena still loves dinosaurs, and knows their names, and what they eat, but could care less about really studying them.

Christy said...

Very cute. It's fun to see kids get so excited about learning.

MaryAnne said...

How cute! The T Rex is my kids' favorite dinosaur, too. I remember being partial to the triceratops as a child...

Ticia said...

My kids are still all about dinosaurs off and on.

I love her story.

Pathfinder Mom said...

I love it! She's so creative. Has she tried watching Dinosaur Train? It's really pretty cute.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I love how you are indulging her interest in dinosaurs like this -- very cool!!