I’m a day late getting this up. If you’re here today looking for 10 Ways to Pamper yourself, you’ll have to come back tomorrow. It’s only Tuesday, and I fell like it’s been THAT WEEK, just for all I have to do to get ready for upcoming events this week, and all I didn’t get done, and the emotional mess I’ve put myself through.
But, that’s not why you’re here, you want to hear about dinosaurs.
When I heard this month’s topic, I knew I wanted to use Danny and the Dinosaur (affiliate link), it’s such a cute story about a boy finding a dinosaur and playing with it. Before we read Danny and the Dinosaur, I wanted to make sure we KNEW about dinosaurs.
We’ve been studying land animals in science, so I skipped ahead to the dinosaur chapter to get us started on our learning adventures.
First we read the chapter in our science book and took notes. Then we headed to the park for a dinosaur dig.
For this all you need is: pasta (shell, penne, macaroni, other pasta that looks bone like), dinosaur dig printable, large sand box, bonus: water to play in after
I hid the “bones” in 2 foot by 3 foot area for them to excavate. Each kid had approximately 15 bones. As they dug up the bones they had to document where they found each bone, and when they were done they drew what they thought the dinosaur looked like. In the end, they drew or wrote what they thought happened to the dinosaur.
Each of the dig sites was set up slightly differently. One was set up with the bones scattered all over, another with the bones arranged like it died while sleeping, and another so it looked like the dinosaur was attacking something. Or that’s what it looked like in my head.
While they didn’t do great writing down where things were discovered, they did do a great job of attempting to reconstruct what happened, which was fun to see.
Hopefully, later today or sometime this week, the kids will be able to complete the Danny and the Dinosaur printable I created. I had lost my copy of Danny and the Dinosaur, so I had to buy a new one yesterday at Half Price books.
I’m thinking we might make our own variation later today on the Dinosaur small world play from the Usual Mayhem.
So, I feel like a slacker this month because I wasn’t super organized. I’m hoping June goes better travel/transportation….. We’ll certainly be doing some of that, so maybe that will inspire a better post.
I’m joining with several other great bloggers to share our takes on a different theme each month, check out how the other bloggers approached this theme and then create your own version: Enchanted Homeschooling Mom – Royal Baloo – 3 Dinosaurs – Monsters Ed – Chestnut Grove Academy – Growing in God’s Grace – Royal Little Lambs – Life with Moore Babies – Teach Beside Me – The Usual Mayhem – Mum Central – Fantastic Fun and Learning – Kathys Cluttered Mind – Play Create Explore – Toddler Approved – Growing Book by Book – Adventures in Mommydom – B-Inspired Mama – The Fairy and The Frog – Edventures with Kids – Learning & Growing the Piwi way – A Gluten Free Journey