Dinosaurs for Kids

Dinosaur Crafts

Dinosaurs for kids is full of fun activities to bring the past to life. Build dinosaur robots from trash, make a pterosaur fly and marble your own undiscovered egg. You'll find everything you need to make a giant lapbook, along with free story worksheets, coloring pages and ideas to help you keep a pet who was alive in prehistoric times! See how to make a fossil, go on field trips and learn how to build a dinosaur! You'll see more ideas for all sorts of fun kids crafts from dinosaurs to dragons and rainforest activities if you visit my homeschooling website.

Picture © Todd Marshall

Dinosaur Activities

fun kids dinosaur activities
fun kids dinosaur activities

WHO?

  • You don't have to be a homeschool family to enjoy these fun dinosaur crafts. This is a family kids activity. If you have a weekend or evening to spare just get out a large piece of colored cardstock, gather the children together and get going.

  • Each of you contribute whatever your age or ability. Our kids are age 11 and 13 but it is equally suitable for anyone aged from about 7 right through High School and then on up to my husband's age (which is older than me!).

HOW LONG?

  • Dinosaurs for kids can take as long or as short as you like. We've been going for 3 months now and don't expect to reach the present day for some time yet - but you could just try it out for a day and see what comes out. I just fetched a piece of sponge from the bathroom and stuck it down; the inquisitive faces soon appeared!

Dinosaur Unit Study

Dinosaurs for kids
Dinosaurs for kids

FIRST pick your PERIOD

(Cambrian, Jurassic, Cretaceous or whatever catches the eye). Naturally enough, we started at the beginning 4,500 million years ago but you could start anywhere. The idea is to bend your dino activities or Unit Study to whatever talents each of you has; my kids love drawing dinosaurs so that was easy. My husband got caught up in watercolor dioramas which he could put at the top of each Period showing the plants and animals that had evolved. I like crafts, so I got the children to hunt out the colors of card, felt, holographic and tissue paper that I should use.

Next, take a:

  • poster-sized sheet of colored card stock

You're going to use this to make a Lapbook or Unit Study on the Period you've chosen.

Dinosaur Lessons

  • You'll be creating a giant Unit Study showing how Life on Earth has evolved. If your children are interested in dinosaurs that's a great start.

  • You will cover Art, Design, Natural History, Science, Geography, Geology - all subjects which feed into Unit Studies, lapbooks and classroom activities. But more importantly this is one of the most gripping stories ever - dinosaurs and the Story of Earth through time. Obviously any family who follows a strict Biblical belief would have to adapt the project to their own interpretation.

  • If you want more ideas around the dinosaur theme, or more suggestions for projects you could do, I've set up a website full of ideas for kids crafts and activities. I'll be adding new suggestions all the time, so if you're interested please check it out.

HOW ABOUT MAKING DINOSAURS FROM JUNK?

Dinosaur Robots

dinosaur robot
dinosaur robot

Making dinosaur robots from junk has kept us absorbed since my son William got Stephen Munzer's book, and these kids models are all down to Stephen. The idea is simple - you just collect old house cleaner bottles, plastic jar lids, pop-up bottle-tops, air fresheners, coat hangers etc and turn trash into ready-made robot components. The essential crafts skills are melting, cutting, gluing and spraying with probably the most common task being heating a screwdriver in a candle flame to pierce holes in wheels and bottles so you can stick barbecue stick axles through them. The book is aimed at age 8+ and we can show you some of the techniques your kids will need for T-Wrecks and lots of other dinosaur robots.

Making Dinosaur Robots from Junk - By Stephen Munzer

This book has been inspirational.

Making Dinosaur Robots from Junk
Making Dinosaur Robots from Junk

We have got so much out of this book. The only problem you'll find is that it's getting out-of-date and much of the household 'junk' has changed design. There's always a 'new look' product to tempt us - which means that the shower gel bottles, air fresheners and coat hangers are now mostly slightly different.

 

T-WRECKS

dinosaur robot T Rex
dinosaur robot T Rex

Watch out here he is!

This was the first dinosaur robot we attempted. Can you spot what he's made from? This is the parts list:

  • 8 plastic forks
  • 1 plastic coat hanger
  • 1 wedge-shaped air freshener
  • 1 trigger-action spray bottle
  • 2 plastic wall plugs
  • 2 circular air fresheners
  • 2 metal bolts or screws
  • 1 plastic drinking straw
  • 3 wooden barbecue skewers

All the instructions are in the book. Piercing holes in plastic bottles is dead easy and the barbecue sticks act as axles with the ingenious idea of using short lengths of plastic straw as spacers between the air freshener wheel and the body. Plastic forks are easy to attach as arms and your kids can snip off the fork heads to make rows of vicious teeth by warming the forks in a glass of warm water before you snip off the handles.

TERROR-SAW

dinosaur robot from junk
dinosaur robot from junk

Terror-saw was another crafts success! A bit of plastic bin bag worked great as the leathery wings, which are attached with a girl's hair gripper. His head is a clothes-peg with one arm cut off. Here is the parts list so you can see he's not that hard to bring to life:

  • 1 plastic clothes-peg
  • 1 pop-up drink bottle cap
  • 3 CDs
  • 1 hair gripper
  • 1 hollow plastic coat hanger
  • 1 childsize plastic coat hanger
  • 1 plastic carrier bag
  • 2 film cannisters

More Dino-bots for Your Dinosaur Unit Study

There are instructions for five dinobots in the book, with Cyber-ceratops pictured here. They all work and are great to make but I have to put in a strong warning - watch out because air fresheners, shower gel bottles etc have all changed slightly since this book was published. You'll be OK on most things - plastic spoons and things like that haven't changed too much, but your kids will need to be slightly inventive on some things. We've ended up using generally larger and different shaped bottles for the body parts which does throw out some of the attachments.

It's not been too bad and the good news is that you can use some of the modern designs to your advantage. The transformation of junk into dinosaur is helped by the spray paint finish and the book has stickers you can apply which give the models a professional touch. William and Catherine are now at the stage where they are up to inventing their own Dino Robot models - as you can see in Catherine's page on recycled crafts.

Build A Dinosaur Velociraptor - Use paper mache clay and polyboard to make your own prehistoric friend

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Our Velociraptor statueMy daughter making her homeschool VelociraptorUsing polyboard to make the skeletonSkullEye (we bought crocodile eyes from the internet)Add bubble wrap to build the body out and put masking tape on top to make a smooth surface.Make teeth and claws from modeling clay on cocktail sticks for rootsAdd paper mache clay (see our recipe)Modeling paper mache clayPainting VelociraptorMore painting!Getting there!Full-size model - I have a chat with him every morningMy daughter with her velociraptor dinosaur
Our Velociraptor statue
Our Velociraptor statue
My daughter making her homeschool Velociraptor
My daughter making her homeschool Velociraptor
Using polyboard to make the skeleton
Using polyboard to make the skeleton
Skull
Skull
Eye (we bought crocodile eyes from the internet)
Eye (we bought crocodile eyes from the internet)
Add bubble wrap to build the body out and put masking tape on top to make a smooth surface.
Add bubble wrap to build the body out and put masking tape on top to make a smooth surface.
Make teeth and claws from modeling clay on cocktail sticks for roots
Make teeth and claws from modeling clay on cocktail sticks for roots
Add paper mache clay (see our recipe)
Add paper mache clay (see our recipe)
Modeling paper mache clay
Modeling paper mache clay
Painting Velociraptor
Painting Velociraptor
More painting!
More painting!
Getting there!
Getting there!
Full-size model - I have a chat with him every morning
Full-size model - I have a chat with him every morning
My daughter with her velociraptor dinosaur
My daughter with her velociraptor dinosaur

Watch Dinosaur Building In Action!

Full how to instructions in our Make A Dinosaur crafts page.

Dinosaurs On Pinterest - Share your Activities

Why not share your favorite Dinosaur activities on Pinterest?

Check out my board on kids activities at Dinosaurs for Kids.

Walking with Dinosaurs MOVIE

You have to include the Walking with Dinosaurs 3D Movie in your project!

It's fantastic for children to be able to see these amazing animals as though they were alive. It would be a great way to inspire them to enjoy all the ideas on here.

dig up a dinosaur
dig up a dinosaur

Dig up a Dinosaur

Uncovering your own dinosaur has to be a great way to start your crafts activities! Perfect for younger kids, this makes one of those ideal Elementary Science Activities which all the family can join in.

There are plenty of cheap Dig Up Dinosaur kits available; we enjoyed discovering a Velociraptor courtesy of the Smithsonian. Once you add goggles and a hammer your child will really feel the part!

DK: Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life - American Museum of Natural History

This was the present I bought for William and Catherine to celebrate all the work they did on Dinosaurs for Kids. Inside you'll see computer-generated sea scorpions as big as people and armor-plated herbivores.

Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life
Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life

It has great computer generated graphics which should tempt any artists, its easy to see when different dinosaurs lived and has lots of good family trees.

 

Science Resources: Real Life Objects

kids dinosaur lapbook
kids dinosaur lapbook

You could start your crafts activities by sticking down:

  • Lichen (Pre-Cambrian).
  • Sponge (Cambrian). Sadly I found we had some real sponge but the bathroom sort would do.
  • Ginko leaf (Triassic). We used a laminated one.
  • Feathers (Jurassic). We sellotaped down artificial ones because they had pretty colors!
  • Coal (Carboniferous).
  • Piece of Magnolia tree (Cretaceous).
  • Chalk (Cretaceous).

You could also pop over to Kids Dinosaurs.com for pictures, coloring pages and activities to get you in the mood!

DK: Dinosaur Atlas

Really good for showing where prehistoric animals lived.

Dinosaur Atlas: An Amazing Journey Through a Lost World
Dinosaur Atlas: An Amazing Journey Through a Lost World

Lots of pictures of fighting dinosaurs and some good see-through dinosaur skeletons. Very nicely presented (age 9-12).

 

Resources: Pop-out Crafts

It's nice to have things that stick out! Your kids could try:

  • Paper foldouts to show how a specific aspect of anatomy evolved over time (e.g. wings).
  • Tabs: Catherine had great fun with the fish-type animal pictured above which you could pull out from the open jaws of an approaching larger predator. They certainly liked the danger aspect!
  • Pipe cleaners: Sticking a bent-over pipe cleaner on the back of card is an easy way to make predators jump out.

Encyclopedia Prehistorica - By Robert Sabuda

This is unique.

Encyclopedia Prehistorica: The Complete Collection
Encyclopedia Prehistorica: The Complete Collection

I can't see many people being able to copy the skill shown here in the making of these fantastic POP-UP prehistoric creatures. Tyran roars out at you with a purple tongue, a frilled-headed archaeopteryx takes flight and two triceratops have a 3-D skirmish. But what a book and what a collection. We have all three. They're worth getting not because they'll help you much practically with your kids crafts but more because they feed the imagination.

 

Paint a Pebble Dinosaur

Dinosaur pebble
Dinosaur pebble

If you go down to the beach, you'll be surprised how many prehistoric creatures are hiding in the shape of a stone! Here's one Catherine made to add to her Dinosaurs for Kids project.

Acrylic paint works best and sometimes it's a good idea to paint a light background first so the colors show up. You can see more ideas on our rock painting kids crafts page.

FACTS

dinosaur facts
dinosaur facts

Loads of exciting kids pictures to download - just use Google.

  • National Geographic has a brilliant timeline, cover all the Periods and has useful facts:

    NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

  • PBS has a lot of interactive activities around Darwin, survival and evolution. My two enjoyed watching the asteroid hit as part of the 'Why did dinosaurs die out?' debate and looking at the "All in the Family" guessing game on:

    PBS

  • There's a very good lens here on Squidoo which gives you child-friendly facts and information about dinosaurs. Have a look here: DINOSAUR A-Z GUIDE
  • If you have older kids and want answers to questions like why they died out and whether you can believe the movies, this site at Berkeley has DINO FACTS
  • Wikipedia is useful for looking up specific dinosaurs and prehistoric animals to find out when they lived and has information on the Periods too, though William and Catherine tended to find the writing a bit dry:

    WIKIPEDIA

    Drawing: Eotyrannus © Todd Marshall

Unit Study: Scrapbooking Ideas

meganeura prehistoric dragonfly
meganeura prehistoric dragonfly

Now's the time to get busy with those crafts skills! Those eagle-sized dragonflies were too tempting for me. I chose acetate for the wings and used gel pen to mark on the wing patterns. Catherine chose blue card for the body with holographic eyes.

If you want to know exactly where I got the idea from, it's based on pages 34-35 of BBC Books: The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life (see above).

Dinosaur Drawings

Kids oviraptor drawing
Kids oviraptor drawing

If your kids love drawing, this is the place for them. Whatever the result, they can't go wrong! So long as it comes out looking vaguely big and colorful it'll look great as part of your crafts and activities. And this is the place for your drawings too! If you're being held back by that old chestnut telling you that you can't draw, just pretend yours is done by the kids! I'm sure they won't mind. It's also worth remembering that no-one really knows precisely what dinosaurs looked like so you can't go too far wrong. Maybe someone will discover in future years that the colors you've chosen are exactly right! If you do get out a pencil it's amazing how much more you see and once you start looking you'll find you can't stop.

marbled egg
marbled egg

A Dinosaur Egg

If you want some easy crafts activities, why not make an undiscovered egg? Marbling always looks great, is very quick to do and ideal for even the youngest child. I tend to use the pastel colors as they are a bit more subtle. Just add a few drops of different colored marbling inks to water and dip in your egg. We used a hen's egg (with yolk and white blown out) for its extra life-like quality, but you can buy plastic eggs which marble up very well.

A freshly laid dinosaur egg © homeschool-activities.com

DINOSAUR COLORING PAGE - With Free Writing Worksheets

Dinosaur Story Worksheets
Dinosaur Story Worksheets

If you go to my page on baby dinosaurs, you'll find a free coloring page drawn by Catherine. You' can also see a live video of a baby hatching!

That should be enough to get your imagination going, and Catherine has come to the rescue again by illustrating some free story worksheets for all ages. Think what it would be like to keep your own prehistoric pet, and write your own Guide to Dinosaurs. How would you train a prehistoric beast? What would you need to look after it? A pet T-Rex would certainly make your friends jealous!

First Encyclopedia

Good for younger kids.

More Unit Study Drawings

Although my son William age 11 has drawn Edaphosaurus, a spectacular Permian herbivore, experience has shown that the images most likely to inspire my two with arts and crafts activities tend to be around the themes of killing, biting and fighting! Absolutely no reflection on William and Catherine, of course...Anyhow you should find plenty in the books recommended here to encourage your kids creative side.

DK: Dino Revealed - By Dougal Dixon

"Has great see-through pages and tells you a lot," William.

Dinosaurs (DK Revealed)
Dinosaurs (DK Revealed)

You could use acetate as a fold-out to show a baby Troodon hatching from its egg (see pages 8-9).

 

The Usborne Internet-linked Prehistoric World - By Jane Bingham

"Has nice illustrations and tells you a lot about different groups and how things evolved. I liked finding out about early humans," William.

Make a Dinosaur Lapbook

dinosaur lapbook
dinosaur lapbook

By now you should be getting the idea for lots of kids crafts and activities - but there's lots more to come. You can make a lapbook with your discoveries. Here are a few scrapbooking ideas which do not rely on you being quite so creative or imaginative:

  • NEWSPAPER / MAGAZINE ARTICLES

Printed articles give your project a different look and there are plenty to choose from. Newspapers often cover the latest fossil finds. National Geographic has many good articles. I get my kids to choose whatever they are interested in; they picked out a fascinating article on the recent discovery of a penguin the size of a man.

  • COLORING SHEETS / FACT SHEETS / PRINT-OUTS

Enchanted Learning has lots of coloring sheets you can download for free. It also has free print-outs, fact sheets and plenty of other teaching resources.

Enchanted Learning

Crafts Activities

One of the joys of dinosaurs for kids activities is to using different crafts materials to create more interest.

  • If you look at the scene above you'll see the a crack in the Earth. I used shiny red foil to swallow up someone's tail to mark the Cretaceous extinction.

  • Here's another scrapbooking crafts idea which comes in handy - tracing paper. It can give another 'feel' to animals - we used colored pencils on top for a rather transparent trilobite.
  • Early plants look good cut out of felt.

Collect Dinosaur Stamps

dinosaur cartoon
dinosaur cartoon

Collecting prehistoric stamps can become addictive! It's yet another way of making your Unit Study appeal to your kids.

You can use the stamps to form part of a bigger lap booking project.

And of course you can find ink stamps too which will leave watermarks on all your favorite pictures!

Kids Jokes

You don't have to make your dino activities hard work! Here are some places your kids can have some fun:

  • The Baryonyx mystery and Big Al

    There are lots of games here. William's favorites are these two; you have to try life as a young Allosaurus and weigh up the evidence to uncover the truth about Baryonyx.

  • Brain Teaser
  • Dinosaur jokes. You have to click on the 'Table of Contents' in the Zoom Dino list and then go to 'J' in the index which takes you to the jokes.

Astrosaurs - By Steve Cole

This is definitely for fun!

The Seas of Doom (Astrosaurs Book Three)
The Seas of Doom (Astrosaurs Book Three)

I had to put the Astrosaurs series in. It's a bit way out but William and Catherine have loved this series. Dinosaurs flying in space ships powered by dung...it's got to be good. William has every one in the series and they play with the Astrosaur Collector cards inside the book. Definitely a kids thing!

 

Planet Dinosaur

We really enjoyed the series because it gave lots of up to date information and had fab graphics!

WHO'S UP FOR A REAL FOSSIL HUNT?

Make Your Own Fossil Activity

Make A Fossil
Make A Fossil

Helping your kids make their own fossil is easy and fun to do for kids crafts.

The essential ingredient is to have a few real ones yourself! Shark teeth, ammonites, trilobites - they all work beautifully. But you'll be pleased to know that you can use exactly the same method to take fossil prints of anything you like - including plastic dinosaurs!

You'll need a few simple ingredients:

  • Your object - (you can get fossil molds on the internet if you're worried about damaging the one you have - see below)
  • Modeling clay (plasticine)
  • Plaster of paris (worth getting a large amount and storing in the loft for later!)
  • Two paper cups

You can see the full method on my How To Make Your Own Fossil page.

Do try this simple activity yourself - it's great fun!

Finding Fossils for Your Dinosaur Unit Study

fossil ammonite
fossil ammonite

Now, I'm not saying you and your kids will necessarily dig up your own dinosaur; but what about going on a fossil hunt? There's nothing quite so amazing as splitting open a boring piece of rock and finding your own quartz-filled ammonite. Our dino activities really opened up our minds to the idea of just how ancient the Earth is and how many creatures have lived here before us. A local Geology book is a real help to find the right areas to look; and if there's nowhere near you you could always plan a fossil hunting holiday. My husband Rob and I went on a trip to the States shortly after we met and one of the highlights was visiting Dinosaur National Monument in California. Falling in love obviously isn't an essential part of fossil collecting but having children is a real help. In my opinion kids actually make much better fossil hunters than their parents; maybe it's something to do with being closer to the ground.

Dinosaur Footprints

dinosaur footprint
dinosaur footprint

Amazingly, it turned out that it just so happens we live near one of the best sites for tracks left from the Triassic Period. The most perfect ones are in the local Museum but there are still some exposed on the tide-line. So we took some plaster of Paris down and made this cast. It's not great but you can just make out the three toes of a meat-eating dinosaur which walked on its hind legs. Catherine and William are going to paint the cast to make it more obvious but isn't it exciting to think that a prehistoric beast once walked down the beach near us? If you could find out if there are any dinosaur sites near you it would really bring your crafts and activities to life.

Good Luck!

Dinosaur kids activities
Dinosaur kids activities

That's it! Have fun. As you can see, Dinosaurs For Kids is a whole family thing - I certainly got as much (if not more) from it than the children! They contributed loads but they also learned a lot just by watching. You can even involve your relatives and friends - we had to ask round until we found someone with a Magnolia tree in their garden. I'm hoping we've done enough to tempt you to follow in our footsteps.

And if you'd like more ideas about other projects to try, here is a great website full of homeschool ideas run by Julie. Without her encouragement, I would never have thought of sharing this with you.

HOMESCHOOLING IDEAS

Finally, thanks to William and Catherine for choosing the pictures and helping me.

The Future of Life on Earth

prehistoric man
prehistoric man

A Poem From My Dad

DEMOLITION

I thank the amoeba for

My stomach juice's wonderful flow

The fish for my backbone;

The frog for lungs;

And all animals together

For my strong skeleton;

Last, the tree-foot apes

And all simians

For my lobed brain

And instrumental thumbs.

And I report to them,

That we, their heirs,

May, with our bomb,

Destroy the fruit of millions of years,

Our children;

Ourselves, as well, of course,

And, incidentally, all of them.

© Norman Iles

My Dad was the poet Norman Iles and I've chosen this one because it's one of my favorites. If you feel encouraged to do anything around this project then perhaps we'll have helped show our kids what makes this Planet such an amazing place to treasure.

George (age 6) has drawn this wonderful Gigantosaurus; isn't it great? He really does look huge George and the volcanoes in the background are really colorful. Thank you for giving it to me so I can show everyone else what a lovely drawing you've made.


More of Your Drawings

kids dinosaur drawing
kids dinosaur drawing

Here are some of Sandy's drawings.

And Another Drawing from Sandy

child dinosaur drawing
child dinosaur drawing

This one's even more sparkly! Well done Sandy.

It would be great to put your kids dinosaur drawings up here and any other crafts and activities you've done as a family. Take some photos, let me know and I'll upload them. You can see the pictures George, Sandy and Jaime drew just above. William and Catherine would love to see your drawings so please send them to me...

And by the way, you can LEAVE YOUR COMMENT HERE:

Over to You - Send Me Your Photos 51 comments

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evelynsaenz1 7 years ago from Royalton

Wonderfully creative unit study on dinosaurs. Your children are certainly learning a lot.

Thank you for joining the Unit Studies: Fun, Creative Hands-On Leaning Group.


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pkmcruk 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

You have clearly put an immense amount of effort into this lens and it is very well presented. You could probably make several lenses from the material here :-)

Blessed by a Squid Angel


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myraggededge 7 years ago

Fantastic! We'd love it if you would add it to Lesson Plans.


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eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

Welcome to Squidoo! Great lens you have here. I'm always happy to see other homeschooling moms here. :)


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Ramkitten2000 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

Wow, great job! And this is your first lens, too! I'm very impressed. Your kids are definitely being well educated.


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evelynsaenz1 7 years ago from Royalton

Some people may think that this lens is too long but as someone who looks for helpful ideas for creating unit studies, I love having so many creative suggestions all in one place.

Thank you for sharing your Dinosaur Unit Study.


anonymous 7 years ago

This is a quality lens, you did a really great job making this a creative and hands-on unit. Our family are just about to embark on our study of the protozoic era, and under that segment we will be studying microscopic life (with the introduction of the microscope!). When we finally make it to the Mesozoic Era we will deffinitely be utilizing your lens--the dino-robots look like so much fun to do! And you should be proud of the ones your kids made, they look super! Thank so much for first-rate lens!


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luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

This is very well done and beautiful. I'm featuring it on my dinosaur fun and learning lens.

I can't believe this is your first lens!!!

Also you are ***Blessed by a Squidoo Angel/Greeter***


anonymous 7 years ago

The enthusiasm of the whole family is shown through the lively and colourful artwork. You can also see how much learning and thought - and fun has gone into the project! I am sure it will inspire many others to have a go.


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Kate Phizackerl1 7 years ago

Great lens. Blessed.


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homeschoolsonya 7 years ago Author

Hi Kate

If your neice does get inspired to have a go please do send me a photo of her drawings and I'll put it up here.

Thanks for the blessing.[in reply to Kate-Phizackerley]


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thepartyanimal2 7 years ago

WoW - This is amazing and what I love the most - the personal touches - the artwork and all the cool Dinosaurs that were created - I love that!!! What a great lens!!! You have been Blessed by The Party Animal. Party On....


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JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

What a fantastic lesson plan! I love all the notebook and hands-on materials! Thanks for joining the Lesson Plans group!


Homeschooling-ideas 7 years ago

Wow! Great Lens. I love the different ideas you have come up with for this. Bet the children had fun!

Well done - you have done a fantastic job on this.


anonymous 7 years ago

This is a wonderful lens, well-structured and beautifully illustrated - well done to the Team! A great deal of research and thought has clearly gone into its creation. It is not only informative, providing useful links to all sorts of other sites, but it's great fun as well! I hope it inspires the same enthusiasm as has clearly been devoted to creating it.


anonymous 7 years ago

The care and effort that has gone into this is evident throughout. It's inspirational, creative, fun and offers paths to explore an amazing time in Earth's history. The variety of the artwork (with contributions from the whole family) is impressive - I especially like the Terror-Saw. The simple clothes peg is possibly the most evocative household item in the Dino-Bot pack.


anonymous 7 years ago

> What an amazing site...lots of effort to get this up and do / make all the things as well. Specially liked your and Catherines dragonfly and I have to say that all the dino robots looked amazing. What an arty family! Should be a fantastic resource for lots of people.


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sciencefictionn 7 years ago

Awesome lens, made to stimulate curiosity in children. Impressing pictures, many good ideas to make them play with. 5 stars


anonymous 7 years ago

Wow, what an inspiring lens. It is beautiful, informative, fun, and, as clearly shown the whole family can take part on it, what else you can ask for? My boys (8 and 11) were very interested in reading it and already asked to do some of the projects.


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ElizaRayner 7 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

wow GREAT lens! I love the photos too. thanks for finding my lens and telling me about this one. Ill lensroll this one to my really weird extinct animals page. At some point Ill be making one on Dino's myself and let you know.


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FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

A great page! Angel blessed :D


anonymous 7 years ago

What a great page - full of all sorts of interesting ideas and reference information. The creativity and enthusiasm is self-evident which is very contagious! I've forwarded the link to Louis' school - I'm sure the whole class would enjoy this too!


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KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

What a beautiful lens! My second grade class made a 12-foot-long paper mache stegosaurus. It was a great way to learn more about dinosaurs. Blessed by a Squid Angel.


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KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

Ah, papier! I knew that didn't look right. :)


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giacombs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

Very cool lens!


anonymous 7 years ago

Thank you for posting a link to this lens for a Squid Angel blessing! I enjoyed every bit of this educational and well designed lens. What a fun place to visit and learn. Blessed!!!

I love it,

Susie


anonymous 7 years ago

Wow! This is an amazingly helpful and fun resource. I will use this guide with my own kids. Thanks so much!


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Christene-S 7 years ago

Blessed by a SquidAngel


anonymous 7 years ago

Fabulous! I'm so impressed.


claireheg 7 years ago

What a fantastic project! It's full of ideas and very inspiring. I love the drawings and the junk dinosaurs. I am really inspired. Thanks!


anonymous 7 years ago

Huge WOW from myself and my children!!! We loved all the posters, paintings and models - absolutely superb! An excellent lens - well set out with great ideas and references. A real inspiration!


anonymous 7 years ago

Nice to see your dinosaur pictures, William. Love from Kim.


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ElizaRayner 7 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

Im back to this page again to say that I have added it to my newest page - a few of my favorite things. Thanks!


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Leanne Chesser 7 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

I love the dinosaur creations that your kids made. This is a really great lens. Blessed!


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FunMoneyBusiness 6 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

Wow! What a great dinosaur lens - well done for putting such a great lens together! My favorite dinosaur is Spike The Ultimate Dinosaur! :)


anonymous 6 years ago

Well done to all of you, I've really enjoyed this site. Hope to see you at the museum or the Cardiff group one day,

Keep up the good work! Juliet


dannystaple 6 years ago

Wow - some great ideas here. While my Helena will be going to a conventional school here, I'll certainly be building robot dinosaurs from scrap with her (and robot other stuff too). This will be great fun, as I know schools tend to flatten history into a real "Chalk and talk" bore.


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Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

This looks like a fun project to do with the grandkids. Thanks!


ladykida 5 years ago

Where would we be today without dinosaurs? Awesome job with the lens!


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homeschoolsonya 5 years ago Author

@ladykida: Thanks ladykida. My free January homeschool newsletter is all about Dinosaurs and you can find ideas for fun activities including a virtual dinosaur dig, dinosaur games and facts from the new Planet Dinosaur series. Subscribe for free here:

http://www.homeschool-activities.com/homeschool-ne...

or click on my homeschool blog above and you'll get there!

Best wishes

Sonya


anonymous 5 years ago

Nice technique on the dragonfly! where do I buy the acetate? and what type of acetate is it--can you give a brand name? thanx


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homeschoolsonya 5 years ago Author

@anonymous: Hi Dezzy,

I bought my acetate sheet in a craft shop. You don't want the really flimsy OHP stuff, it needs to be a sheet of reasonable thickness that will keep its shape. There was no brand name obvious but there were lots of sheets like it there! I used gel pens to mark the wing patterns, blue card for the body, black card for the legs and added some holographic paper for body markings and the eyes. You could use the same technique to make lots of fun creatures. There are many more craft ideas on my website. I really enjoyed making it; hope you do too. Best wishes, Sonya


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earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Nice Lense, what a great resource. I'll be checking out your homeschool blog.

Cheers

Grace


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bloggerjon 4 years ago

Great lens on a superb subject, love anything dinosaur. The dinosaurs from recycled materials are great.


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homeschoolsonya 4 years ago Author

@bloggerjon: Thanks. You'll see from our website William and Catherine now use those same skills they learnt to make recycled dinosaurs to make their own recycled kids inventions - always fun when you can make a trash can move!


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homeschoolsonya 4 years ago Author

@bloggerjon: Thanks. You'll see from our website William and Catherine now use those same skills they learnt to make recycled dinosaurs to make their own recycled kids inventions - always fun when you can make a trash can move!


anonymous 4 years ago

This could be a fun article to use as a complement to a Dinosaur Unit. It investigates whether or not Jurassic Park could happen in real life! everydayeinstein(dot)quickanddirtytips(dot)com/could-jurassic-park-really-happen(dot)aspx


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homeschoolsonya 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Thanks Danielle - good idea! Best wishes, Sonya


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Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

I cannot contain myself - I want to make a giant dragon fly AND a junk dino!


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homeschoolsonya 3 years ago Author

@Lee Hansen: Yes we had a lot of fun doing all these! Thanks for commenting. Best wishes, Sonya, William and Catherine


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aaxiaa lm 2 years ago

Some great dinosaurs to make!

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