We spent a week having fun with dinosaurs, choosing a book and a few activities for each day. I used this week to explain that God is bigger, stronger and smarter than anything we can imagine, even dinosaurs.
How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out. “He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind. Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion? See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea. Job 36:26-30 (NIV)
Whybrow and Reynolds, Harry and the Dinosaurs at the Museum. Koala Books, 2005.
– painting over a white crayon dinosaur drawing (pictured below in collage)
– making fossils (we used plastic dinosaurs in a salt dough, then baked the dough imprints. Idea from here)
– dinosaur dig
– trip to the museum (my favourite activity of the week. The little man was impressed by the dinosaur bones, “all the way to the roof!”)
Andreae and Wojtowycz, Dinosaurs Galore! Orchard Books, 2004.
– paper dinosaurs (not pictured)
– dinosaur egg hunt and sorting dinosaurs
– peg stegosaurus (idea from here)
Shealy and Biggs, I’m a T-Rex. Golden Books, 2010.
– word matching with dinosaurs and eggs
– spot the difference
– cutting and pasting with dinosaur teeth
– dinosaur snack
Donaldson and Roberts, Tyrannosaurus Drip. Macmillan Children’s, 2013.
– dinosaur world (with a volcano, instructions here. We sorted our dinosaurs into habitat by land, sea and sky)
– dinosaur memory game
– odd one out using emotions
– dinosaur snack (Arnotts Pizza Shapes)
Brian and James, I’m a Dirty Dinosaur. Penguin Books, 2013.
– Making dinosaurs dirty then clean
– Dirty dino letter tracing
– Action cards using words from the story (not pictured)
– Dinosaur feet to paint footprints (pictured below in the collage)
Other books we read: Ball and Lindgren, Flip-o-saurus. Abbeville Kids, 2009. Mayo and Ayliffe, Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! Walker, 2010.