I can’t speak for every geekling, but I know my own two both went through phases where they wanted to be paleontologists. I can’t blame them, dinosaurs are such a fun topic to learn about with a lot of opportunity for hands-on play.

D is for Dinosaur 

Even though LittleMan knows dozens of dinosaurs by name and can recite their stats at the drop of a hat, we find that books meant for preschoolers are a little less intimidating for our reluctant reader and they help to build up his confidence.

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The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That book series is excellent for reluctant 1st grade readers like LittleMan. I especially love that in Oh, Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? the big dinosaur names are broken up into smaller, easy to sound out, parts of speech. It feels really great for him to tackle a big word like Stegosaurus.

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This is a quick activity we put together with a glow in the dark 3D dinosaur puzzle we found at Dollar Tree and some play sand we happened to have on hand.

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Just pour about 2-3 inches of sand into a plastic bin. Then punch out the various pieces of the puzzle from their packaging.

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Bury some of the pieces  in the sand, leave some on top where they are easy to spot.

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Consider including a small paint brush for brushing the sand off the bones.

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Once you find all the pieces, attempt to assemble the puzzle. Super Glue may be necessary.

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If you enjoyed this idea, you might also like some of the other hands on fun activities found on our Dinosaur Pinterest board.
Follow Caitlyn Stock (Suzy Homeschooler)’s board Dinosaur Theme Unit on Pinterest.


This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.

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