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.
Here's a lovely idea from Sheryl:
"Going to have some fun today as the kids dinosaur onesies have turned up.
Once a week we are doing dino day where we read books about dinosaurs and watch movies with them.
This even includes any errands being done as dinosaurs!"
~ Sheryl, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group
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!
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"This is a fun home science project! My son got this for Christmas and he has one survivor who is now 3cm long (it ate others).
Tip - use Spring Water and keep at recommended temp with small lamp. We used well water and didn't keep as warm first time and all died."
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?
Watching real people finding dinosaurs is so much fun!
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.
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