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Obsessed with ROCKS and Dinosaurs.....help!

Posted by on Jul. 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM
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Hi!
We haven't formally started homeschooling yet, but Hannah loves rocks and dinosaurs and will hold up a random rock and ask about it, and wants to know every thing about dinosaurs, which ones are which, what they ate, what their babies looked like, etc. We have gotten book after book from the library, learned the 3 types of rocks, learning what they look like, and we have gone on fossil digs at our local fossil park. We do not have a museum with tons of dinosaurs, we have a museum pass but the dino exhibit is lacking. She has toy dinosaurs that we play with and I tell her about them (what I know) while we play.
I am just wondering if there are any activites, or fun things to do that we can't think of?

BTW she is 4 (5 in oct).  

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by on Jul. 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM
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mem82
by Platinum Member on Jul. 18, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Hm, would she be interested in making a diorama of Dinosaur times?

Could you take this love of rocks and expand it. Maybe build a volcano and talk about how it helps create new rocks. Then, you can talk about chemical reaction when you make it erupt.

Have you watched any Bill Nye videos on Geology?

Mommy2justone
by on Jul. 18, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I like the volcano idea, she would love that! I will search for Bill Nye on the internet today :) Thank you!

Quoting mem82:

Hm, would she be interested in making a diorama of Dinosaur times?

Could you take this love of rocks and expand it. Maybe build a volcano and talk about how it helps create new rocks. Then, you can talk about chemical reaction when you make it erupt.

Have you watched any Bill Nye videos on Geology?


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BramblePatch
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2012 at 9:39 AM
We picked up a fabulous Rock/Geology field guide at the ranger district. And I got DD a rock polisher. Yesterday, we made a rock tic tac toe in the garden. DD loves loves loves rocks, lol.
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norahsmommy
by Member on Jul. 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM
You can order geodes on amazon to break open. My kids love that!
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oredeb
by on Jul. 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM

 oh yea!! go with that!!

also along with what mem is saying build a volcano village with dinosaurs in it, and explode the volcano

heres a fun site  http://www.thecraftyclassroom.com/ThemeGeologyCrafts.html

look through these and you'll find some your daughters age  http://www.beloit.edu/sepm/publications.html

i did this one year i copied off pictures or found in magazine pictures of various rocks and hung them up on the wall, so we could see them and become familar with them, we went to rock shows in our area, bought some, compared them to what we had on the wall, made posters of the rock, went up to the mountains, rivers, etc  and tried to find the rock,

also we started panning for gold, the kids loved it and we still do it to this day, we've found so many different rock in the creeks and rivers

MAKE A 'ROCK' NECKLACE
Materials:
Small rock, wire (sample used 22-gauge, small pliers, plastic lacing or other cord-type material.
Wrap the wire securely around the rock in a decorative fashion, being sure to include a loop at the top for the cord. Cut off the end of wire and tuck/wrap excess. String it through the cording and knot

what about painting on rocks

pet rocks

READ STONE SOUP AND THEN MAKE STONE SOUP!

make a rock garden, add some plants and those plastic dinosaurs outside,

ROCK COLLECTIONS FOR PRE-K AND LOWER ELEMENTARY...

Take children on a rock gathering expedition. After stones/rocks are collected--have children wash them.

• Examine them with magnifying glasses.
Sort rocks by size, color, markings, etc..
Are they hard or soft? Scrape rocks with nails to see!

MAKE STEPPING STONES
Materials:
Cake pans in a shape you would like, sand dough, paint, cooking spray, paint
1. Spray the cake pans with cooking spray -- Vaseline also works.
2. Fill it with sand dough.(Recipes below)
3. Let dry for 3 days.
4. Children can paint the stepping stones when they come out of the pan. You can also Varathane the stones to weatherproof. we also placed small rocks in the stepping stones, making patterns etc

SAND DOUGH RECIPE #1
1 part white glue
2 parts flour
2 parts sand
2 parts water
Mix together to create a dough. You may need to add water or flour depending on the consistency.

#2 SAND DOUGH RECIPE
Add sand to quick set cement and follow the instructions for mixing the cement. Use this recipe when you have a mold or have created a pattern in the sand.

check here for stuff to do  http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/geology.html

this is probably to old for her but interesting read http://www.rocksandminerals4u.com/rock_cycle.html

http://suite101.com/article/activities-for-kids-who-collect-rocks-a94817

Rock-Splitting

This Rock-Splitting activity will surprise those who think all rocks are alike. Safety comes first with this summer activity, though. With goggles and gloves in place, kids can then start splitting rocks.

What You'll Need:

  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Different kinds of rocks
  • Large nail
  • Small hammer

How to Do Rock-Splitting:

All rocks seem the same. But are they? Not by a long shot. One swing

of a small hammer will tell you that some rocks are meant to last and some are meant to turn to sand.

Step 1: Kids should first ask permission before starting this activity.

Step 2: Wear gloves and safety goggles to protect your eyes. (Rock splinters can cause injuries if you're not careful.)

Step 3: Carefully place the point of an ordinary nail in the center of a rock.

Step 4: Using the hammer, drive the nail in.

Does the rock split in half? Does it chip? Does it refuse to crack? How it reacts to the pounding will tell you a little about how long it might last.

oredeb
by on Jul. 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

 dinosaurs-

put pictures up on the walls of them, point and say names, this works with very young kids

color dinosaurs

make some out of cardboard- large ones and paint(my kids loved this)

heres some sites weve used  http://www.kidsdinos.com/

http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/animals/dinosaurs/  fun crafts

i buried those plastic dinosaurs and let the kids dig them up and they'd have to find out what kind they were, where they lived, what they ate, etc

do the abcs using dinosaur names

paint her favorite one on the wall in her room, we did this on large paper that we covered the wall with

have her think up a song about dinosaurs or poem

might find something here http://funschool.kaboose.com/time-warp/dinosaurs/

find some dinosaur games

http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Dinosaur-Crafts-for-Kids.html

copy off a bunch of dinosaurs and make a poster or collage

heres a dinosaur mask http://www.show.me.uk/site/make/Art-and-Design/STO710.html

dinosaur feet craft  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/dinosaur-feet-craft.htm

download a dinosaur  http://www.rain.org/~philfear/download-a-dinosaur.html

dinosaur cupcakes! hahaha  http://www.rain.org/~philfear/download-a-dinosaur.html

http://prekinders.com/dinosaurs-theme/

turn her room into dinosaur and rocks themes,

heres some apps! i just found  http://www.commonsensemedia.org/mobile-app-lists/dinosaur-apps-kids

http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/dinosaurs/index.htm

irvinehiker
by Andrea on Jul. 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

 Also you could make a notebook(or lapbook) with all the different dinos.  She could put them in ABC order to help reinforce letters and sounds.  We did this a couple of years ago with my kiddos.  Enchanted learning has great dino printouts. 

Mommy2justone
by on Jul. 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Thank you guys! You are all awesome :)

Yellowlily333
by on Jul. 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

 try googling science kits. they make all sorts of things.

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jul. 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM
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 Have you gone to a cave?  My boys are now keeping track of all the caves they have been to and love to explain the differences in how they are formed, different formations in them, what era they are from!  They have a rock collection and are able to say the same stuff for those as well!

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