February 5, 2013 - 11:49 — DeannaDonovan

Do your kids love dinosaurs?  Here are some ideas for a fun-filled dino-mite day!  Start your day with a heaping helping of dinosaurs, you can sing, dance and stomp your feet to the dino beat of Dinosaur Dance or We Are the Dinosaurs or enjoy a serving of How Do Dinosaur's Eat Their Food?   After working up an appetite, create a delicious dinosaur treat:

DINOSAUR DELIGHT

  • 1/4 cup dirt (cocoa)
  • 1/2 cup swamp water (milk with green food coloring)
  • 2 cups crushed bones (sugar)
  • 1/2 cup fat (butter)
  • 2 cups dead grass (uncooked oatmeal)
  • 1/2 cup squashed bugs (peanut butter) 

In a pot, mix dirt and swamp water.  Add crushed bones and fat.  Boil about 3 minutes.  Add squashed bugs and dead grass, and stir until melted.  Remove from heat and stir until mixture begins to thicken.  Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper.  Cool, eat and enjoy!

Next, it's time to dig up some dinosaur bones.  For this activity, you will need to photocopy (or draw) the outline of dinosaur bones (body, arms, legs, tail) on card stock.   Cut out the bones and place in a shallow container.  Cover with small pebbles, rice or sand.  Give children paint brushes and let them uncover the bones.  After finding them, children can reconstruct their dinosaur!

One last craft to do together:

DINOSAUR EGGS

  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 2-1/2 cups used coffee grounds
  • 1-1/2 cups salt
  • 1 cup sand
  • Up to 1 cup water
  • Small plastic dinosaurs

Mix flour, coffee grounds, salt and sand.  Gradually stir in water until mixture holds together.  Use as little water as possible to speed drying.  Wrap the mixture around a plastic dinosaur to form a rock, so that when you crack it open, out pops a baby dinosaur! Allow up to a week to air dry.  Looks like a rock when dry and breaks open easily.

As the end of this action-packed day, settle down to read How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?