Our dinosaur activities start with keeping a pet from the age of the dinosaurs to going on field trips - with games and crafts to enjoy too!
If you look here, you can see what fun activities my children William and Catherine got up to in our homeschool (can you spot our T-Wrecks robot?):
You can see how to make him and his friends in our page on robots.
A great way to start is by having a go at drawing your favorite dinosaur! We turned William and Catherine's pictures into a giant dinosaur lapbook.
There's a brilliant prehistoric timeline and lots of other useful facts at the National Geographic.
You'll see from our baby dinosaurs page how much fun you can have with kids crafts by making your own egg. Here's an idea where you can keep a live pet from the age of the dinosaurs.
Triop kits are inexpensive and fascinating. They're just a box containing Triops eggs laid among detritus. You sprinkle the magic dust on top of rainwater and leave the eggs to hatch.
My husband Rob and I, (never mind the children), were thrilled to see science come to life as, out of an invisible speck, a horseshoe crab-like figure appeared, whose ancestors had evolved back in the time of the dinosaurs.
So keeping a pet has to be part of your dinosaur activities!
Here are a few fun sites for kids games:
You can also add some sneaky math into your dinosaur activities by getting your kids to make their own version of Dinosaur Top Trumps.
Prehistoric creatures are perfect for all sorts of categories, starting with killer rating!
Once you've had a go at drawing some of the creatures that once lived here, you could add some geography to your homeschool science curriculum.
Wikipedia has some beautiful maps you can download showing how the Earth's continents have moved over time.
My daughter Catherine chose this one in our homeschool because she thought you'd like to see what the world looked like in the time of the dinosaurs.
One of the exciting things about this kids activity is that you can actually keep abreast of the frontiers of science. After all, some of the greatest minds are at this very moment in the process of discovering even more fascinating facts.
Newspaper articles and the internet are a great way of adding to your homeschooling dinosaur kids activities.
You could start getting together news items about the latest fossil discovery. If you download some pictures they'll help liven up your display.
How exciting for your children to be at the cutting edge of
scientific discovery themselves as they find out about
Kosmoceratops, who put Triceratops in the
shade by having 15 horns?
So many and so great!
If you want the best pop up book ever invented, here's one. We have the whole series and love them:
And another great way to add to your dinosaur activities is with some homeschooling field trips.
There are lots of great places to visit; I spotted the Los Angeles county Natural History Museum has a great dinosaur hall!
If you're close to anywhere which has real fossils, it's well worth setting off with a hammer and goggles to find them. You can see our real dinosaur footprint we found and learn how to make a fossil yourself.