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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Digging For Dinosaurs




Yesterday, during our work on our Dinosaur Creation Study from Homeschool Share, we were talking about Paleontologists and what they do. A recommended activity to go along with this was to either bury pieces of a dinosaur puzzle in a container full of sand and have the children put them together without a picture, bury dog biscuits and have children dig them up, or make bones out of paper and have the children find them. I had a pack of twelve mini dinosaurs that I had found at Dollar General for $1 and the boys wanted me to bury them in the back yard so they could find them. Wouldn't you know it, it rained (and thundered) yesterday for the first time in a very long time so we did not get to do this activity. So we postponed until this morning. We headed out and I buried the little dinosaurs in and around our sandbox and the children (except Chelsea) dug them back up. They thought it was so much fun that they wanted to do it again. Alex buried the dinosaurs and did such a good job that we couldn't find one of them. Finally after about 15 minutes of looking Nick unburied the missing dinosaur. While it isn't the same as what a Paleontologist actually does it did give the children an idea of what they do and it was a fun activity to go along with wha they are learning.
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