Friday, March 4, 2011

Kindergarten Dinosaur Activities

There are a ton of dinosaur activities available for homeschooling but too much can be a little bit of overkill on the theme, so we just stuck with doing a couple of dinosaur activities. We started by reading lots and lots of books. Most libraries will have a large selection of dinosaur books, and that's where we found all sorts of stories. Some were fun stories like "Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime," while others were more educational books that described the dinosaurs, what they ate, and how they lived. Just visit your local library and see what they have available.

While reading, we talked about how some dinosaurs were plant eaters and some were meat eaters. We learned how to tell the difference between the two and played a little game called, "What Would They Eat?" where we went through the books and guessed what they may have eaten and why we thought that.

Then we talked about fossils and how paleontologists look for fossils and bones to help recreate dinosaurs and the environment that existed when they were alive. To reinforce this idea, I purchased a dinosaur egg from the dollar store. This is a rock like egg that comes with a brush and stick for breaking the rock away and finding the dinosaur bones that are buried inside. You then have to put your dinosaur together using the joints of the pieces. Unfortunately, our plastic eating dinosaur puppy (ironically named Bones,) ate our little dinosaur before we could take a picture of him all put together.

After being paleontologists for the day, we decided to create a brontosaurus from paper plates, an idea I got from the book Paper Plate Crafts.

Basically you fold a couple of paper plates in half, making sure the bottom is flat and rectangular. Next, staple the top together leaving the sides open for the head and tail. Then, using another paper plate, cut a long arch shape for the head and a long pointier shape for the tail. Staple these pieces to the inside of the plate on each end. Now color or paint it, and you have a brontosaurus. The original directions called for legs, but we could never get ours to really stand up on them, so we just left the bottom flat. And this is what we did when we spent 3 days on dinosaurs.

1 comment:

  1. Very cute! I was searching for Dino crafts and came across your blog. We will do this one!!

    I am following you now!