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!