We started off with several of PBS’ Dinosaur Train episodes that we watched on Netflix.
Then it was time for a little learning. We consulted a number of dinosaur books laying around the house. The family favorite turned out to be an old 3D T-Rex book. We enjoyed a pseudo dissection of a T-Rex. The book took us about an hour to get through as it had little activities and experiments to do in each section. We measured out 40 feet to understand the scale of the T-Rex. We also conducted balancing exercises to learn how the T-Rex made use of it’s tail. You get the idea.
We took the left over wooden frames from the wooden Dinos we made and used them as stencils. The kids used all the different body parts in both ‘stencils’ to create their own new dinosaurs and color them in.
Then we embarked on making our own wearable Dino feet, too. Here’s what you need:
- Cardboard (I used a Costco sized cereal box and that was enough for both kids or two pairs of Dino feet)
- Paper Towel Tubes
- Feathers (optional)
- Hot Glue Gun
Step 2: Cut out the feet. Depending on the age and skill of your child, you may want to do this yourself.
Step 3: Cut the paper towel tube length wise. You will glue these onto the feet so the kids can slip on the feet.
Step 5: Glue the long strips of paper towel tube onto the feet, making a slip-on for the kids.
Optional Step 6: Glue a few feathers onto the Dino feet. Let the kids choose the placement. I like a few coming off the back, but adding them to the sides or drought is fine too.
This helps the kids understand that scientists are starting to believe some Dino’s beyond those that fly maybe have had feathers…
Have fun playing!