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BLAST Early Learning
Dig It Up!

Books:

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Mark Teague
Describes how a dinosaur eats, with no rude noises, and while sitting very still.

 

Ten Little MummiesTen Little Mummies by Philip Yates

illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Ten little mummies become bored with staying in a room together all day, but when they go outside and play they disappear one by one.

 

 

Game:

Dinosaur Game

(Sung to "Go Tell Aunt Rhody")

A dinosaur is hiding, a dinosaur is hiding,

A dinosaur is hiding, is hiding in this room.

Choose one child to be “it” and leave the room.  Then hide a small plastic dinosaur in the classroom.  When “it” returns, begin continuously singing the song.  “It” has to find the dinosaur.  When “it” is close to the dinosaur, the class will sing loudly.  When “it” is far away from the dinosaur, sing softly.

 

Song:

The Dinosaur Song

(Sung to "The Wheels on the Bus")

The Brontosaurus had a very long tail,
Very long tail, very long tail
The Brontosaurus had a very long tail,
When the dinosaurs roamed the earth.

The Tyrannosaurus Rex had great big teeth...

Stegosaurus wore heavy spikes…


Triceratops had three sharp horns…


Pterodactyl could fly in the air…

 

 

Vocabulary Word:

squirm: v. to twist about

Example: “Does he fuss, does he fidget, or squirm in his chair?”
(taken from How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague)

 

Activities:

  • Dinosaur Egg Snack—Simply use the Easter egg Jell-O mold to make dinosaur eggs with the children. Put a fruit dinosaur snack in the middle of the Jell-O for an added effect.
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex Teeth Snack—Make this cute dinosaur theme snack by cutting bananas in half, spreading melted butterscotch on top, and then dipping the bananas in graham crackers.
  • My Own Fossil—Allow each child to choose from several items (shell, leaf, bone, plastic dinosaur, etc.) to make into a fossil. Coat the item with petroleum jelly. Next mix Plaster of Paris and water in a dish. After the mixture has set for a few minutes, press the object into the mix. Let the object sit in the plaster for a couple of days. The imprint left behind after the plaster has dried will resemble a fossil.
  • Dinosaur Digging—Find miniature bones and put them in your sand table. Let your children dig through the sand and find the little bones. Then let them glue them on paper to make their own dinosaur.
  • Paleontologist Dig—Put fruit dinosaur snacks in chocolate pudding. Have your children use their shovels (spoons) to attempt to find the dinosaurs in the pudding.
  • Paleontologists at Work—Cut out the bone structure of a dinosaur. Make copies of all of the bones and cut them out. Let your children put the bones together just as a paleontologist would. Don’t give them a model. Let each child design their own dinosaur.
  • Create rock with dinosaur fossils in it by using a clean small trashcan, two or three boxes of plaster of Paris, three cups of sand, and water. Mix all ingredients and add small plastic dinosaurs, blackened chicken bones, and any other “prehistoric” items you wish. Let it dry for 2-3 days. Remove “the rock” from the trashcan and put it on a table. Provide goggles, a small hammer, screwdriver, and paintbrushes to let the children excavate the rock.
  • Instead of duck-duck-goose, play Triceratops-Triceratops-Brontosaurus.
  • Name the Dino Tag—Play it just like TV tag. When a child is tagged, they must call out the name of a dinosaur or go to the tar pit.
 

Literature:

Kids Natural History Book

The Kids Natural History Book: making dinos, fossils, mammals, and more! by Judy Press

Arts, crafts, and nature activities explore various elements of the natural world.

T RexT. Rex by Vivian French; illustrated  by Alison Bartlett

While touring a special Tyrannosaurus Rex exhibit, a young boy encounters some fascinating facts and even more intriguing questions about the predator in this lively ode to curiosity.

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