|August 19, 2013||Posted by Luschka under 3 - 4 years, By Age, Colours, Communication, Language and Literacy, Creative Development, Fine Motor Skills, Home Learning, Physical Development, Rainy Day Activities, Toddler Crafts|
I was curious to see how dinosaurweek would go down in our home, as my daughters are just over one, and not yet four – not the target age or gender for dinosaurs, normally. Turns out, however, that they absolutely loved it. We had two dinosaur books that we focused on this week:
- Mini House: The Land of Dinosaurs a brilliant shaped mini book, a lot of fun for visual learners, as it’s a 3D book.
- Things You Never Knew About Dinosaurs, a colourful, bright and silly book that will give giggles and culminate in a ‘BOO’ moment at the end.
Ameli chose a dinosaur she liked out of ‘Things You Never Knew About Dinosaurs‘ and she made her interpretation of the dinosaurs that ride around on bikes. Another day another dinosaur, so we made some quick and easy salt dough:
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 cup of flour
Of course, no conversation about dinosaurs can be complete without excavation. I put some toys, pompoms and water beads into blocks of ice, and the girls had a lovely, cooling, time ‘excavating’. I would say keep the blocks small for younger children, as they lost interest half way through. Smaller blocks would give them the pleasure of completion in the small attention span time frame.
I’ve seen these dinosaur eggs floating around Pinterest for ages now, and thought we’d try it for the dinosaur week.
I boiled a few eggs – the Thermomix makes amazing boiled eggs! – and then Ameli cracked them gently. We then poured some food colouring over them and left them for a few hours.
Later, Ameli peeled the eggs, which is great fine motor skill practice, and equally great for learning how to work really gently.
The peeled eggs looked fantastic, really! The blue egg only had a couple of cracks in, so didn’t have the same pattern. It was a fun experiment, and a yummy lunch.
The finished dinosaur eggs: