Adrian just turned three years old, and he is totally Dino obsessed! So, we are excited to start our Dinosaur unit study where we will share our hands-on fun, sensorial activities, book, puzzles and more! I hope you follow along as we will be adding new activities as we go! I suspect Adrian will keep on his passion for some years to come!
We research first and then explore in pretend and sensory play. And what is a better way to start a new subject than by reading an encyclopedia?
Read here ~ Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs 3D pop-up book
Read a post here about our Dino Box and all our Dinosaurs
Below is a video of Adrian, at 37 months, telling about his dinosaur friends. This video is not edited, and it was a live uninterrupted stream, so he had to remember all the names and prominent characteristics to be able to reiterate it all.
"Kentrosaurus has spikes all over his body. Styracosaurus has spikes along its frill, two dots on its frill, knobs on his cheeks and a horn on his nose. Brachiosaurus has a long neck to eat leaves high up from the trees. T-Rex has sharp teeth the size of a banana; he is a vicious predator - a King lizard. Triceratops has a frill around his neck and three horns."
Read about Dinosaurs, My First Discoveries book here
Read here a summary of What's on our Dinosaur 📚Bookshelf
See here Dinosaur Matching Memory Game that I created
As a part of the geography lesson, we are placing our Dino friends on the 🌎World 🗺Map, allocating each to a continent it once roamed over:
📍Triceratops: 🌱plant-eater, lived exclusively in 🔶North America;
📍T-Rex: 🍖carnivore, roamed exclusively over 🔶North America as well;
📍Brachiosaurus: herbivore (🌿leaves & 🌱tender shoots), roamed mainly over 💚Africa (Algeria & Tanzania) & 🔶N.A. Colorado;
📍Allosaurus: 🍗carnivore; 🔶North America & 🔴Europe;
📍Velociraptor: 🍖carnivore, exclusively in 💛Asia.
p.s. In a Montessori Geography curriculum, all 🌍continents are color-coded, so when studying animals of a certain continent, for example, those animals can be color-associated with that continent. For more on continent color-coding, read here "Colored 🌈 Continent 🌎Globe." Also, see here a video-post "Learning Continents with a 🎤 Song using a World Continent Puzzle 🗺️ Map at 33 months."
See here Dino Frozen 🎈Balloon Eggs Kids ⚗️Science Sensory 💦Water Play
There is something about the messy play that kids just love! So, here, I set up this sensory bin with cloud dough diluted with water. Cloud dough is beautifully soft, wonderfully moldable and amazing to touch, and it could not be simpler to make. A general recipe would be: combine well 1 part of oil to 8 parts of flour= 1/2 c oil + 4 c of flour.
Chocolate Cloud Dough Recipe:
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil so it is taste-safe
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 cup of cocoa powder (to give your cloud dough that brown muddy feel and look)
- I also added stones and marbles to resemble the rough prehistoric terrain (avoid this step if you have smaller children as stones can be a choking hazard!)
- to make MUD ~ just add WATER!
See here Exploring Dinosaurs 🐾 Foot-prints & Fossils
See here Dinosaur Puzzles Roundup video-post of Adrian assembling a 48-piece Dinosaurs 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle at 39 months.
During one of our winter storms, our Dinosaur friends came outside and they were very bewildered seeing snow for the first time as they did not think the Ice Age is coming. Read a post here.
Stay tuned as more posts are coming ...