Unit Study: When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
When a mom posted in a local unschooling group about camping at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas I knew immediately that this was something the boys and I had to do! So I signed us up and planned a few Dino related activities! Feel free to steal some ideas for your Dinosaur Unit and enjoy the pics from our camping trip!
- Use play-doh or clay to create impressions of leaves, rocks, or even toys to show how fossils can be created. Make impressions without them looking and have them play detective!
- Paint your child's feet with washable paint and make tracks on the driveway. Analyze the difference in the tracks when they are walking and running.
- Order a cool Dino Dig Set. We discovered ours in the gift shop a local museum. There are also many different varieties available on Amazon (of course).
- Use sand art to show the timeline of the era of the dinosaurs (or to demonstrate soil/rock layers or even the layers of earth's composition).
- Check out books from the local library. We chose a few from the How Do Dinosaurs... series by Jane Yolen. These cute books teach a lesson and offer fun illustrations that subtly label the dinosaur featured on each page. How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? for table etiquette is one of my personal favorites.
- Add to your own library with these great Usborne titles (we used the Big Book to identify some of our dino figures!):
--The Usborne Big Book of Dinosaurs and some little ones too... by Alex Frith and Fabiano Fiorin
--Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Dinosaurs by Katie Daynes and Marie-Eve Tremblay
- Visit your local natural science museum. For us, it was an amazing trip to the Texas Memorial Museum.
- Visit Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas! You can hunt for dinosaur tracks, hike, swim, fish, enjoy the exhibit at Park Headquarters, go on a prehistoric hunt, attend a star party and so much more!
Click on any of the pictures below to enlarge!