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Monday, August 4, 2008

Dinosaur Camp

The nursery school I work for runs one week, theme based camps during the summer months. This week is Dinosaur Camp. I am the teacher for this camp, and I thought I would share with you some of the fun things we do there. This year I am lucky enough to have 16 preschool boys with me all week. Let's see if I'm still coherent by Friday.

For my camps I love to get supplies from a store many of you already may know: Oriental Trading Company. This place has just about every kind of theme based projects, decorations, supplies, you could ever think of. I love to shop here for home, school, and these camps.

So today, on Monday, we started with a discussion of herbivores and carnivores. I had dinosaur flash cards that had different dinosaurs and their names on them. We went through the cards and discussed the difference between the herbivores and the carnivores, mainly, the teeth and feet.

We then made dinosaur fossil footprints during craft time. We made one herbivore print, and one carnivore print. To do this is extremely easy. I gave each child two small piles of white Play Doh, then I asked them to make a ball and flatten it a little. I had then taken dinosaurs from my home to school. I had a big Triceratops and a big Tyrannosaurus Rex. The child took each dinosaur and pressed one foot into the clay to make his footprint. I then allow the footprints to dry during the week and on Friday they have their fossil to take home. The footprints aren't overly large--maybe about the size of a 50 cent piece.

The other project I did today was to have each child make a dinosaur button. I purchased these through Oriental Trading. The button consists of a two sided plastic dinosaur with a piece of paper inside. The children colored the paper, then we clicked the pieces back together.

For our free play time we had dinosaur books, a dinosaur mountain play set, dinosaur fossils to find in the sand table, and a dinosaur/fossil matching paper on the coloring table.

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