Dinosaur Activities for Kids

by Sonya
(UK)


Our Dinosaur Discovery


I wanted to share with you my dinosaur activities for kids because we’ve all got so much from it.

We have made a huge dinosaur timeline - using all sorts of craft activities. We made each section like a large lapbook that hangs on the wall. Imagination is the only limit to what to include – we used newspaper articles, computer downloads, real life objects (including coal from the coal scuttle!), pop-outs, digital photographs as well as the more obvious drawings, water colours, acrylics etc.

I just got out a piece of card and started off; the inquisitive faces soon appeared! For example, one of the things we did was to marble an egg to make it look like a dinosaur egg.

The project can take as long as you like. We’ve been going for 3 months now and don’t expect to reach the present day for some time yet. You could just try it out for a day and see what happens! If your children are interested in dinosaurs that’s a good start.

You all learn together so YOU get as much out of it as your children. Each of you can contribute whatever your age and ability. Our children are age 11 and 9 but it is equally suitable for anyone aged from about 7 right through secondary education and then on up to my husband’s age (which is older than me!).

You can tell you’re on to a winner when you hear the magic words: Can we do some more tomorrow please Mum?

We have covered art, design, natural history, science, geography, geology… but more importantly learnt about one of the most gripping stories ever – the story of Earth through time.

As you can see, this venture is a whole family thing - I certainly got as much (if not more) from it than the children! They contributed in their own way but also learnt a lot just by watching. You can even involve your relatives and friends - we had to ask round until we found someone with a Magnolia tree in their garden. We have really enjoyed these dinosaur activities for kids, and hope you do too.

Now we’ve been inspired to check out fossils and been off with a Geology book looking at our local coast – to discover 230 million years ago we lived in a desert. We found a piece of beach with fossilised ripple marks etched in and made a plaster cast of some early dinosaur footprints. I’m hoping we’ve done enough to tempt you to have some fun by following our footsteps and having a go at your own Story of Life!

That’s it! Have fun.

Read more how Sonya's project, and her dinosaur activities for kids. Or check out her other homeschool activities

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Apr 29, 2013
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Dinosaurs
by: Sharon

What a great site for looking at dinosaurs! Fantastic ideas. Thank you for posting this. My son is enjoying it greatly.

May 09, 2010
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Cool Discovery
by: Valerie

Cool Idea ANd GoOd DiScOvErY!

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