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Saturday, October 8, 2011

D is for dig!

We had a great time focusing on dinosaurs this week. One of the things that was the most exciting for the kids was digging for dinosaur bones. We talked about how careful paleontologists are when they dig so we used brushes and our hands to unearth our bones. 

Here's What You Need:
  • box of sand (you can get a bag for cheap at walmart or any hardware store)
  • model  dinosaur set from a craft or hobby store
Here's What You Do:
  1. As you are taking the pieces out, put a small number on matching pieces so that you don't have to look at the directions when you put it together in front of the kids
  2. Practice putting it together! This is also important so the kids believe it's true.
  3. Leave the vertebrates on and any other really small pieces attached and take apart the big pieces.
  4. Bury your bones, but keep one out to show the kids what you found to get them excited about the dig.Remember how many pieces you bury so you know how many to have the kids find.
  5. Dig away! When you've found all the pieces, put it together.

Each month, we have a music time taught by an awesome mom/teacher. She taught us a great dinosaur song to go with our dinosaur week. Here it is:
(Sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It)
There are dinosaurs stomping all around.
There are dinosaurs stomping all around.
There are dinosaurs around, they are stomping all around.
There are dinosaurs stomping all around.

*You can replace stomping with other words like flying, swimming, roaring, etc. 

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