Lately LittleMan has been really into studying Barnum Brown, the paleontologist who first unearthed tyrannosaurus. I wanted a way to bring history to life for him, outside of books and documentaries, so I thought it would be fun to build a diorama. While doing a bit of pre-project research, I found out that Peeps are a really popular diorama staple! LittleMan and I decided to take it a step further and make our diorama almost entirely out of edible items.
LittleMan and I were at the shop recently and looking at his options for the upcoming homeschool Valentine exchange when it dawned upon us that it had all been done before. Ninja turtles, Star Wars, all of it. And while he loves his fandoms, LittleMan really wanted something to reflect his love of science. So I offered to help him make some that showcased his interests.
And so, with LittleMan’s help, today is day eleven of a 14 day series of Free Printable Valentines for Science Geeks. Today’s Valentine is all about dinosaurs!
Has this ever happened to you: You buy a card game for your kids and they don’t want to follow the rules to play it?
I know I’ve been there before. And I think I’ve finally figured out why that is.
Adults write the rules, and adults don’t always understand the way kids think.
Well here is a card game that kids are sure to love- I know because it was made up by my children.
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.
LittleMan and I were reading one of his many dinosaur books when he noticed a map at the top corner of the page, a map of Pangaea.
Intrigued by the idea that the seven continents of the world all used to be one large super continent, LittleMan began to describe a story. He told of how he used the Wild Kratts’ time travel trampoline to jump back in time and see Pangaea for himself. I suggested that a lot of people might want to travel Pangaea as well, and that we could make travel brochures to advertise a tourist trip.
For this project we used construction paper, crayons, a map of Pangaea, and our imaginations. (more…)
Originally this activity was supposed to be about dinosaurs. But it grew a bit as I was putting it together. Before I knew it we were talking about animal anatomy and food sources as well.
LittleMan has kind of a weird quirk with coloring books. Most children I know will look for a page they like, color it, look for another page they like, color it and when they are done there may be 5-10 pages colored and they are content to move on to a different activity leaving the rest of the pages for another day. LittleMan starts on page one then moves to page two, then page three and so on coloring in EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE. refusing to do anything else until the entire book has been finished. His reaction when offered a coloring book is almost obsessive. For this reason, we have had to limit his access to coloring books, which is something we never wanted to have to do.
On the plus side, there are many ways to make garden variety coloring books into an educational activity. Here are some of the ways we utilized a dinosaur coloring book from Dollar Tree in our homeschool classroom:
One of the struggles I face in both parenting and teaching my children is their age gap.
3 years is practically nothing for adults, and even teenagers with a 3 year age difference can relate on many academic subjects.
But for very young children, 3 years can be a world of difference. (more…)