Sunday, January 22, 2012

Preschool Paleontologists

Dinosaurs are dominating our classroom!  We have lots of dinosaur activities in our room.  Our dramatic play area has had a dinosaur dig for our young paleontologists.  It is a joy to hear the children use words like extinct, fossil and  paleontologist in their play!!!  I love it when they use new vocabulary in their play. 


Our sand tub is a plastic storage box.  Since we are short on floor space, it works well for our classroom.  You can do this at home.  To keep an even better handle on the mess you could place an old sheet or tablecloth underneath. 
Dinosaur Dig
 
Dinosaur Dig

Our MWF classes have a dinosaur science center.  This is a little harder than it looks.  Children really have to look at the skeleton to determine which way the bones should be positioned. The children cut, put the pieces together, have a teacher check and then glue.



You can do more to encourage and support your child's interest in dinosaurs.   Sue is probably the most famous dinosaur in the world.  Sue is a Tyrannosaurus Rex displayed at The Field Museum in Chicago.  The Field Museum has a program called Dozin' with the Dinosaurs. It is s slumber party at  The Field Museum with Sue.  That sounds like a fun filled family field trip!

National Geographic Kids has lots of great age appropriate information on dinosaurs,too.

We dig dinosaurs!

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