Friday, August 17, 2012

Dinosaurs


Book Suggestions:

Dinosaurs by Gail Gibbons
Dinosaurs by Barron's Educational Series
Dinosaurs by Anna Pomaska
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen
Danny The Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
Dinosaurs?! by Lila Prap
Dinosaurs by Dougal Dixon

Activities:

Look for fossils:
Materials:  magnifying glass
Description:  Read and talk to your toddler about dinosaurs and fossils.  Go outside and look for fossils in rocks.  Pick up rocks and look for holes or imprints of plants or small animals.  It is amazing to see what you can find in your own back yard.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot about dinosaurs, teach your tot to explore and investigate, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot science skills



Cookie Fossils:
Materials:  Chocolate Chip cookies (Chips ahoy work great), toothpicks
Description:  Read and Talk to your toddler about dinosaurs and fossils.  Your toddler will have fun "digging for fossils" in chocolate chip cookies.  Pretend with your little one that the chocolate chips are fossils and the cookie is the dirt and soil.  Help your toddler use a toothpick to dig out the chocolate chip fossils. 
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to enhance imagination and pretend play, teach your tot to explore and investigate, teach your tot about dinosaurs, teach your tot to develop science knowledge and skills


Pretend to Be a Dinosaur:
Description:  Read and talk about dinosaurs with your toddler.  You and your little one can pretend to be a variety of dinosaurs.  Roar and run to be a t-rex.  Stretch up tall and walk slowly to be a brontosaurus.  Pretend to fly like a pterodactyl.  Use your imagination and see what other dinosaurs your little one can be.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to enhance imagination and free play, teach your tot to explore and investigate, teach your tot to discover dinosaurs, teach your tot to develop science knowledge and skills, teach your tot motor skill development

Be a Herbivore or Carnivore:
Materials:  lettuce or other type of plant that is edible
Description:  Read and talk to your toddler about dinosaurs and how some of them eat plants.  These plant eaters are called herbivores.  Your little one can be a herbivore too.  Have your toddler help you wash lettuce and/or other types of leafy plants and put them in a bowl.  Have your toddler taste different kinds of plants (vegetables).  Talk about which ones they like and don't like.  You can do this same activity for meat (carnivores) also.  Ask your toddler if they would rather be a herbivore or carnivore.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to explore and investigate, teach your tot to discover dinosaurs, teach your to compare and contrast, teach your tot to develop science knowledge and skills

Land, Air, and Water:
Materials:  large piece of white paper, blue and brown paint, draw or print dinosaurs, glue, paintbrushes
Description:  Read and talk about how dinosaurs lived on the land, in the water and in the sky.  Make a mural with your toddler.  Paint the bottom third of a large piece of paper blue for the water, the middle third of the paper brown for land, and the top third of the paper blue for the sky.  Throughout the week, as you talk about different dinosaurs, cut them out and place pictures of them in the water, land or sky, depending on where they lived.  (for example.  Print a picture of a pterodactyl and glue it in the sky.  Print a picture of a t-Rex and glue it on the land etc.)
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to develop science knowledge and skills, teach your tot to  discover dinosaurs, teach your tot to explore and investigate, teach your tot to understand dinosaur habitats

Fossilized Hand Prints:
Materials:  plaster of paris, tin tray that you can through away
Description:  Read and talk to your toddler about dinosaurs and their fossils.  You can fossilize your child's hand print using Plaster Of Paris.  Mix the plaster according to packaging directions and pour it into a tin tray or other container.  Once it begins to harden, place your child's hand in it to make their hand print (or follow directions on package).  Let it harden completely.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to explore and investigate, teach your tot to develop science knowledge and skills, teach your tot to discover fossils

Toy Dinosaurs:
Materials:  plastic toy dinosaurs
Description:  Let your child have some free play time with plastic toy dinosaurs.  Encourage them to make dinosaur noises and sounds.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to explore and investigate, teach your tot to enhance imagination and pretend play, teach your tot to discover dinosaurs through free play, teach your tot sensory development


Songs and Finger plays:

Dinosaurs:
sung to the tune of Jingle Bells

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Lived long ago.
Some ate plants.
Some ate meat.
Dinosaurs are neat.

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs were big.
They lived on land
in the sky and sea.
Dinosaurs are neat.

10 Big Dinosaurs:
Sung to the tune of 10 Little Indians

1 big 2 big 3 big Dinosaurs
4 big 5 big 6 big Dinosaurs
7 big 8 big 9 big Dinosaurs
10 big dinosaurs lived long ago.

Online Fun:

Coloring:
Visit www.coloring.ws for free printable coloring pages

Dinosaurs

Videos:
Visit www.sesamestreet.org to watch fun videos about dinosaurs and more.

Dinosaur Cave People

That is Not a Rock

Dinosaur World

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