Do you have a budding palaeontologist at your house? All of my children went through the dinosaur phase and I know more about dinosaurs now than I ever thought possible. My children correct me on my pronunciation and dole out a myriad of dinosaur facts that I never knew that I needed to know!
A lot of children will go through the dinosaur phase (or it could be some other obsession like vehicles). This is a period of intense interest in a subject that can seem a bit over the top to parents, but it is an amazing time and their little minds are expanding at an astronomical rate. Think about it! They are asking questions, seeking answers and gaining expertise in a subject. Imagine how empowering it is for a little person to know more about a subject than their parents. This is a huge step in children’s development; it gives them a sense of power that is independent to their parents.
Learning about dinosaurs introduces children to scientific concepts such as geology, taxonomy, evolution and extinction in a way that is so engaging that they keep coming back for more. Whether it’s learning complex dinosaur names, learning about different habitats, learning about different body adaptions and behaviours, there is always more for your child to learn.
There are so many fantastic ways to engage with your child’s interest in dinosaurs, here are a few ideas:
- Use toy dinosaurs and paint to make dinosaur track paintings.
- Make a miniature dinosaur world – fill a tub with sand, sticks, rocks and other natural objects to create an ancient world for toy dinosaurs to play in.
- Be a dinosaur! Roar, stomp, chase and hide. Play is a great way to learn!
- Do some dinosaur craft such as the one at the end of this blog.
- Read, read and read.
Cockburn Libraries have a vast array of books in the Junior Non-Fiction section to keep your child engaged with the subject. You will also find a large selection of picture books about dinosaurs in the Junior Kindy section.
So engage your child’s love of all things dinosaur. The fascination with dinosaurs may not last forever, but a love of learning could!
Your Play School favourite, Humpty, is on an adventure to find out about dinosaurs. In this book, Humpty invites the reader on a fact finding journey about dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures. This book covers 14 dinosaurs and delivers factual information in a simple way. Each entry delivers a basic introduction about each dinosaur and then poses and answers basic questions about species such as “what did they eat?” and “what did they look like?”
Humpty’s Big Book of Dinosaurs is a perfect introduction to non-fiction. It is interesting enough to keep your little dinosaur lover interested and using the familiar character of Humpty keeps thing light for the younger readers.
This book looks at dinosaurs that have been discovered in Australia. It describes each species and importantly tells the reader how to pronounce the name. My personal favourite is the Muttaburrasaurus (mutta-burra-sore-us), such a fun word to say aloud. This book describes some of the science that allows us to know dinosaurs, such as fossil evidence and gives supplementary information such and dinosaur timelines and a dinosaur family tree.
Australia’s Amazing Dinosaurs is a fantastic book to share with a young dinosaur enthusiast. It gives a local outlook to their passion and examines the how, where, why and when of dinosaur science in Australia.
This is a lovely story about a young boy imagining what life would be like if dinosaurs roamed among us. He wishes that there were dinosaurs at the zoo and goes through a few thoughts about how wonderful it would be to see a triceratops or a plesiosaur in real life. But then he has a realisation…
Oh no! Just a thought…I hope nothing goes wrong.
I hope all the fences are terribly strong.
A very sweet book that encourages children to imagine what it would be like if dinosaurs still existed. Using dinosaur’s proper names and describing some of their attributes, this would make a good bedtime read for your young dinosaur lover.
Hand Print Apatosaurus
Apatosaurus were massive sauropods that lived in the late Jurassic Period more than 150 million years ago. They were one of the largest animals to have ever walked on land. We are going to make a slightly smaller version of the Apatosaurus in this craft activity.
What you’ll need:
Optional – wiggly eyes, pom poms, coloured paper
What to do:
Trace around your child’s hand and cut it out.
Using the same piece of card, draw a neck and head shape and cut it out.
Glue the neck to the hand print. Remember that the fingers will be the legs of the Apatosaurus and the thumb will be the tail.
Now either draw on eyes or glue down wriggly eyes. Decorate you Apatosaurus with pom poms, or coloured paper.
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