Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dinosaur Study

 This week we have been learning about Dinosaurs!  It was an unexpected direction of study but I was happy to follow him on the adventure path he created!

Dinosaur Skin! - Art / Texture / Patterning
Needed items:
  • Washable Paint - We mixed green and brown
  • Paper Plates - 2 
  • Bubble Wrap - We had ours saved from packages we received
  • Total Expense - $0.00
How To:
  1. Mix your paint onto one of the paper plates
  2. On the other paper plate write "Child's name - Dinosaur Skin - Date"
  3. Allow child to lay the bubble wrap into the paint.
  4. Place the bubble wrap paint side down on the paper plate.
  5. Press down or have some fun and pop the bubbles
  6. Remove the bubble wrap.
  7. Ta-da!
  8. *Helpful hint* The less paint you use the clearer the print.

Here we can see Little Paleontologist laying the bubble wrap on his plate to create the texture. 

Finished Dinosaur skin!

Little Paleontologist - Fine Motor / Science / Professions / Tactile 
Needed Items:

  • A tray to keep bits of chalk from everywhere
  • Small dowel rod, and paint brush
  • Fossil kit
  • Cost $5.00 for kit.
How To:
  1. We have been talking about who Paleontologists are and how they dig up fossils
  2. Give the child the chalk with dowel rod and brush
  3. Motivate child to dig to find the fossil
  4. Discuss if it was faster or slower then they expected
  5. Celebrate their discovery!
Here is our little paleontologist  as he begins to work on digging the chalk away to find the fossils. It is a great time to talk to him about how hard of a job it is. How they know where to dig and other open ended questions. 



Create your own Fossil - Fine Motor / Science / Professions / Tactile / Art
Needed Items:

  • Dinosaur Toy
  • Air Drying Clay
  • Cost $5.00 for Clay
How To:
  1. Have child select their favorite Dinosaur toy
  2. Create a small disc of clay 
  3. Have child push the foot into the clay
  4. Allow clay to harden.
  5. You can also expand on this by burying it in sand and letting the child discover their fossil.
Here is our little paleontologist stomping the foot into the clay to create his own fossil
Instant fossil!


  1. This is awesome! This would be especially fun to revisit in the summer where you can go outside and section off a square of the yard to dig for fossils!

    1. I have taken dog treats that look like bones, and put it in a shoe box with sand, toothbrushes, paint brushes etc and then wet the sand and buried the bones. Then let the kids be paleontologist and dig them out :-)