Young children are able to absorb information the entire time they play.

Mine play all day long.

At 2 years and 10 months he classified dinosaurs as ‘long necks and sharp teeth’ and pronounced pachycelephasaurus ‘pickysaurus’.

It was actually a gravitholus.

At 3 years 5 months he knew a large amount of ‘dinosaur trivia’ and classified his dinosaur toys into herbivores, carnivores, theropods, sauropods, ankylosaurs, flying & swimming reptiles, and on and on.

At 4, I couldn’t even imagine listing what he knew.

His little sister who grew up surrounded by these conversations?  At 20 months she could pick a saichania, brachiosaurus, therizinosaurus, and stegosaurus out of a giant dino toy heap.

At 22 months, her first five syllable word was ‘Brachiosaurus’! (surpassing her previous biggest word, ‘honey-yogurt’)

His mom and I knew about 8 dinosaurs between us a year ago.  (And turns out, pretty much nothing correct about them) and before we knew it we were having family discussions about interesting dinosaur facts…who would have pictured that?  A couple together for over 20 years all of a sudden had a million brand new topics to discuss.

At first it was to coordinate proper answers to a toddler asking more and more dinosaur questions.  It quickly turned into sharing new information for the sake of conversation.


  • 4yo's first video :)

First Video! Leave It In The Comics 🙂

June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

I was always planning on having them make videos for the 'learning using real life examples' aspect, but he has loved youtube his whole life and I was pretty excited when he wanted to make one! 🙂 (he's alluded to it, but never said let's do it till now) I've never caught him on video ending his sentences with

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We’re Back. Dinosaurs Took a Back Seat For a While

June 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Haven't dino-posted in a few months...mainly on account of we haven't really played dinosaurs in a few months, but they are coming back. Lately it's been lego, clay, music, youtube, and holy crap the Trolls! (they're learning to sing via trolls songs..which are trolls singing real song variations though, so that's neat!)

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[video] 3d/ 4d Dinosaur Puzzles (and 4yo’s intro to timelapse video creation)

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

These things are great!! No need for puzzles cluttering up the house, why build a puzzle to just look at a picture? 🙂

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[video] 4yo Photographer and his Dinosaur “Toys”

February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Keeping interest levels up in kids? Do the things they love. Or even just incorporate them into what they are doing. How do you teach a kid more about camera work? It's as easy as pointing out to him how the camera is on the tripod and it's over by the dinosaurs.

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Styrofoam Dino Playsets

January 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

The 'comically terrible DYI' pipe cleaner tricks got me thinking. Why not make super cool play sets and display stands for their dinos? We had seen an episode of...

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DYI Flying Dinosaurs and Pterosaurs

December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

100% of surveyed 2 year olds and 4 year olds love it. They haven't yet mentioned how ugly the setup is. They can control the direction of flight by twisting the pipecleaner in their fingers. The pipecleaners can be adjusted/twisted to set desired pitch and yaw.

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DYI Dinosaur Train

December 13th, 2016|0 Comments

1. Get two cardboard boxes 2. Find some pipe cleaners or something to attach them (I chose the crappy-but-meh method) 3. Tell 4yo to load up the herbivores 4. (optional) Suspend blanket...

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Dad! That car looks like a Nasutoceratops!!

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Dad! That car looks like a Nasutoceratops!!

Here in Canada, people pull their wipers up when it snows so they don’t have to scrape them out of ice in the morning.

This was the first time my […]

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4yo’s First Six Letter Word Element, Thanks Alex P Keaton!

December 10th, 2016|0 Comments

He's been asking me how this dinosaur is spelled, how that dinosaur is spelled, how THAT dinosaur is spelled... As a new teen at the end of the 80's, Family Ties was a great show. What I remember most (and mainly) about Family Ties

Prehistoric Toys :
By ‘toys’ I mean knowledge building education tools 🙂

  • microraptor


Like Archaeopteryx, Microraptor had bird like feathers used not just for warmth but for aerodynamics making the important evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. They could glide like flying squirrels, and shared the skies with pterosaurs and birds

  • dacentrurus


A large and heavily protected stegosaur with large spikes protruding from the shoulders as well as down its back and tail. It was originally known as Omasaurus.

  • olorotitan


From the Late Cretaceous in what is now far East Russia, this is the most complete hadrosaur discovered outside of North America.

  • gryposaurus


A hadrosaur formally thought to be Kritosaurus, having a thin and arching nasal hump (sometimes referred to as a 'roman nose'), it also had 1.5 inch high pyramidal scales on it's back.

  • gastonia


A heavily protected nodosaur from the Early Cretaceous, Gastonia had spikes along the tail, sides, and neck. It also had a large bony sacral shield over it's lower back to tail

  • yutyrannus


I noticed the 4yo wasn't really playing with his carnivores, even avoiding them. He only had four or five, and they were mostly ignored. So I got more. They sure make great 'bad guys' for countless dinosaur toy battles.

Entertaining & Educational Kids’ Dinosaur Videos

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BBC Planet Dinosaur

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The Land Before Time

Dinosaur Books We Love