Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dinosaur Roar!

You're probably wondering what dinosaurs have to do with China.  Absolutely nothing but Eva has been obsessed with them lately so we're going with it!  No sense pushing something if your child is really digging something else.  Luckily for us, the dinosaur exhibit is back at our local science museum so we spent a few hours visiting with them the other day.  Eva was thrilled that all of her favorite dinos were represented- T-Rex, stegosaurus, apatosaurus and triceratops.  She also got to meet some new dinos that are now part of our pretend play daily.  (Does your child love to pretend to be dinosaurs?  We've been speaking in roars a lot lately!)

We also made a fun dinosaur picture.  I wrapped a cardboard tube with bubble wrap and Eva rolled it in paint and then onto easel paper.
It took her a little while to get used to rolling as opposed to smearing but soon the dots began appearing.
When the paint was dry, Eva dipped dinosaur cookie cutters in black paint and stamped them onto the paper.
I love that it looks somewhat prehistoric, almost like cave drawings.
We've also been reading some of our favorite dinosaur books:
Dinosaurumpus! Dinosaur vs. Bedtime [DINOSAUR VS BEDTIME -OS] How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Dinosaur Dinosaur Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs An Alphabet Of Dinosaurs   
If you have a budding paleontologist too, be sure to check out the dinosaur activities we did last year too!


  1. Hi, I am new to your blog! Looks fabulous! I am expecting my first little one in May so it will be a little while before I get to do some of things you are doing with your little girl but this gets me so excited!! Can't wait!

  2. Welcome and congratulations! Enjoy every minute- they grow so fast!

  3. Great idea on using the cardboard tube in bubble wrap. Love it!!! Kerri

  4. We definitely have a paleontologist in the making over here, too! My son is an absolute whacko for dinosaurs, lol. And I think we're going to get into them next week. We did a theme on the skeletal system this past week and we ended up stumbling into a lot of neat resources for fossils.

    I'm working on a post now that I'd like to link back to your blog if I could. We ended up using your marshmallow & toothpick idea to learn about joints for our bone theme this past week. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Thanks Kerri!
    Alicia, you are most welcome to link back to us- thanks for asking!

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  7. LOVE this! I'm doing research on invertebrate fossils in the Ordovician so no dinos, but I'd love to have a museum near me with exhibits like this! Cool.

  8. I love that paint idea! I also love all the How do Dinos books and so do my students too! Great post