Dinosaur Activities

Dinosaur Research

imageWe started our week with a trip to the library.  Everyone picked out a dinosaur and a book to match. We read dinosaur stories, did dinosaur research and learned about how palaeontologists, find, identify and care for dinosaur bones.
Here are some titles the kids liked:

Palaeontology club t-shirts
Next we made matching Palentologist Tshirts for everyone participating in the Dinosaur Dig. The grown-ups added some iron on decals while the kids made dino footprints with freezer paper stencils.
Everyone can wear their t-shirt for the week’s activities.

Learn more about DIY custom tshirt making here

Build your own palaeontology kit:
In anticipation of the Dino dig we put together a palaeontologist’s tool kit.
Large brush
Small brush
Pick (chop stick)
Magnifying glass
Note book & pencil
tray (to place bones while they are examined)
plaster of paris

A wrap can be quickly sewn up or all the tools can be put in a bag.
Be sure to bring the kit to the dino dig.

Dinosaur fossils:
Practice palaeontology skills and learn about dinosaur features while kids reveal their miniature dinosaur fossils
Create imprints of footprints and help young palaeontologists make plaster casts. Place each bone in damp packed sand to make an imprint. remove the bone and pour plaster of paris into the imprint. let set then remove.

Dinosaur Footprint Craft
With an assortment of plastic dinosaurs we set the kids loose with paint and construction paper. They dipped the dino feet in paint and stomped them across the paper. The older kids tried to identify the dinosaurs on each other’s paper based on the prints.

Meat Eaters vs. Plant eaters
A chasing game to run off some energy. Divide everyone into either plant-eaters or meat-eaters. (We already had done this by putting dinosaur names on the back of everyones t-shirts)
play a version freeze tag: Meat-eaters stand in the middle between two safe areas. plant-eaters have to get from one safe area to the other without being tagged by the meat eaters. If touched they freeze. when everyone is frozen. Switch and let the plant-eaters be “it” and tag the meat-eaters.

Dinosaur dig
Bury some bones in your sandbox,  at the beach, or local park. Rope off the area as a dig site and let the kids unearth the bones.
Make sure to count before they ar buried so you know when you have found them all.
We then asked our palaeontologists to clean the bones and make a drawing in their notebooks.

Dinosaur egg hunt:
Using  painted melons the hunt ends with a dino themed picnic

Ideas for a menu:

    • Primordial Ooze Dips with Dinosaur Claw Chips and Veggy sticks
    • Watermelon fruit salad
    • Sandwiches cut out in dino shapes
    • (boiled) dino eggs in a noodle nest
    • Dinosaur fossil cookies

For Ideas on how to make your own dino egg hunt visit:

No week would be complete without themed cookies. We used some fancy dino fossil cookie cutters


Recipe for
Lemon Ginger Fossil Cookies:

1/2 cup  unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup  packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup  pure maple syrup
1 large egg
2″ piece of fresh ginger root  finely grated
1 lemon’s zest
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 c corn starch
1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
1/2 tsp clove, ground
1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

Beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy slowly add syrup. Beat in the egg,
then add ginger and lemon zest. Sift the dry. Add the flour to the butter mixture in 3 additions on low speed, mixing well after each addition (it will be very soft). Scrape the dough onto 3 pieces of plastic wrap, cover and press into discs. Chill until firm, about 2 hours.
While still cold roll dough onto floured parchment to 1/8 inch thick. Cut shapes in place and remove excess dough.
If using fossil cutters, place cutter, leave in place while removing excess dough, then dip bone stamp in corn stach before impressing into matching cutter.
(makes about 2 doz dinos) chill again before baking
2 Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) bake 11 min.



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