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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dinosaur Immersion

Whew! What a whirlwind of a day! Today was one of those days where it was hard to catch your breath. Really? Who's fault is that anyway? I know it's mine. We are definitely slowing down tomorrow!

The first order of business today was to finish up the children's puffy paint dinosaurs. We had to clip on the "spikes" and and an eye. The puffy paint felt really neat, almost spongy.

Then I like to take all the children's pictures with a dinosaur surround to commemorate the fun we had during our week at camp. I try to get them done early in the week to get them to the photo place and back in enough time.

Since I didn't get to the dinosaur fossil footprint yesterday, I wanted to do that today. In previous years I have done this with white play dough and they usually take all week to dry. This year I bought Crayola Model Magic--hopefully it will dry much quicker.

For this project the children get two clumps of dough. They roll them in balls. Then they press a carnivore's foot in one ball and an herbivore's foot in the other. We let them dry and they have two fossil footprints.

Finally, our big project today was BIG. I decided to draw a couple of big dinosaurs--one T-Rex and one Triceratops (no comments on the drawings:). Then the children were to paint the dinosaurs. I planned for this to be messy, but it was MESSY! And, a bit confusing. The children did wonderfully. Mrs. Nodolski had a bit of trouble making sure everyone got a turn. I thought I had everyone, but I missed one little boy:(. He told me after I had cleaned everything up. Sorry, little guy.

Tomorrow I am going to cut the dinosaurs out and try to find somewhere in the room to hang them.

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Mariana said...

Lovely activity!

Jen said...

Awesome! I love the hugo dinos- what fun!


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Tiffany said...

What a great idea!! I will have to do this soon! Thanks for sharing!