We decided to kick off summer with Dinosaur Week! I had a great time searching the internet for crafts and projects we could do and boy, the internet did not disappoint! I can’t remember where I found all the ideas, so I won’t link to them, but I didn’t think them up on my own. I don’t have the time or brain power!
I started the day off wearing a big onsie dinosaur costume Mike’s mom had picked up last year at the thrift store. The boys got a kick out of it.
I taught the boys about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores and we talked about what our favorite dinosaurs were and why. I printed out some addition and subtraction work sheets for Samuel and added some dinosaur clip art to them- instant Dino math!
For Simeon, we worked on tracing different line shapes to prepare for writing letters. I grabbed some clip art off the internet and pasted it into a google doc, then made dotted lines connecting dinosaur to dinosaur or dinosaur to habitat. Simeon liked getting one dinosaur to the other in order to eat it. We also started learning the letter D.
We did lots of coloring too!
Samuel started tracing some cursive letters.
One of the boys’ favorite things we did was playing a game with this free printable cube! We took turns rolling it and then I made the boys run down to the end of the hall acting out what the cube said.
The thing I had most fun doing was making Salt Dough Dinosaur Bones. I made a double batch of my usual recipe and went to work making bones for the boys to excavate the next day in our sand box.
Easy Salt Dough
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3/4-1 cup warm water
Mix flour and salt in a big bowl. Add 3/4 cup of water and mix until it becomes the consistency of play dough. Add more water if it feels dry or add flour until it is no longer sticky. Knead for a couple minutes.
I baked them in the oven at 200 degrees F for about 4 hours. This is the picture I used to base my shapes off of. I was so impressed by my dino skull that I didn’t realize I made it backwards. I told the boys our dino broke his neck as he died. 😂 Simeon bought it but Samuel rolled his eyes.
As the boys put the Stegosaurus together looking at the sample picture, I had them watch a short documentary on Youtube about the Stegosaurus. After, that was done, I told Samuel to use the bones to make up his own dinosaur (below). He had to tell me what it ate and where it lived and how it defended itself. I think he enjoyed it!
We also made Hatching Dinosaur Eggs. They were super easy too. I like easy projects! I didn’t even measure out the two ingredients. All you have to do is put some baking soda in a bowl (maybe 3/4 cup) and add some water until it becomes a paste. Put some in your hand and then smush a tiny plastic dinosaur figure into it and add more paste and shape it into an egg. Let it sit outside overnight to dry out. When it’s time for them to hatch, fill up a spray bottle with vinegar and spray away!
The last project we did for Dinosaur weeks was Dinosaur Print Fossil Cookies. I used my mom’s super secret sugar cookie dough recipe (I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you) but any any sugar cookie dough would work- even the super quick Pillsbury bag or even a pre-made refrigerated tube . Roll the dough in 1.5 inch balls, roll in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, arrange them on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart, pat them down a bit and then use some plastic dinosaurs to stomp on the cookies to make foot prints. Only press the dinosaur feet down about halfway through the cookie. The cinnamon sugar is important so you can see the foot prints. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Remove the cookies to cool on a cooling rack.
So, there you have it, our first week of Summer 2018. I think Dinosaur Week was a huge success!