Since Anna just reread Dinosaurs Before Darkfrom Magic Tree House series, I pulled out our Dinosaurs fact cards (from $1 bin at Target) and invited her to play a game. We each selected five of our favorite dinosaurs. The idea was to write down a short research note on each of the dinosaurs similar to what Jack did in the book and then guess each other dinosaurs based on the facts presented. That was theory. In practice Anna was done writing after one note and simply copied the facts from the back of the card. Note to myself – model the desired result first, remember that she is five and limit writing activities to what she can tolerate (3 cards would be a stretch already). She, however, had fun guessing my dinosaurs and then entertained herself sorting hers according to their height and length. Then we headed back upstairs to play with “real” dinosaurs. Papa made her a T-Rex with a jaw that opens and closes, and Anna made a pteranodon (who looks more like an archaeopteryx to me). Then I let her discover Magic Tree House online and she had a blast going on various missions and adding stamps to her passport. I am afraid that my daughter would probably spend her entire day in front of computer if she were allowed to – just like her Mom and Dad.