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.

PLAY. RESEARCH. REPEAT.

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You say brachiosaurus, I say camarasaurus (surprise smash ending)

August 10th, 2016|0 Comments

(and dad says pachyrhinosaurus, what a moron!)
4yo identifying dinosaur toys. He turned 4 a month ago, she’ll be 2 in a few weeks. We were very sweaty from dinosaur chases before this 🙂

we found […]

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Vertically Measuring Dinosaurs With Helium Balloons

July 29th, 2016|2 Comments

Vertically Measuring Dinosaurs With Helium Balloons #homeschool
Today at homeschool we met at a park with 30 species of dinosaur toys, a 100 foot tape measure (or 30 metres…planting the seeds for an understanding and absorption […]

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Learning To Read With Dinosaurs – Episode 1 : 12 Herbivores

July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Now it’s time to start learning how to read. I made this video so he could watch ‘letters in action’. I wanted to make the video so other families, especially homeschool families, could see how easily it is to inject knowledge, ‘while you’re at it’.

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Sauropod Love

June 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Sauropods have been VERY big at our place for the past six months or so.  And as a homeschooler? They can have all the educational tools they can learn from! (and when dad is a […]

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Dinosaur Discovery : Introduction to Geography

March 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Dinosaur Discovery : Introduction to GeographyThe first ever dinosaur fossil ever discovered in the Philippines was that of a Megalosaurus. It was discovered by children whose family originally thought it was an elephant bone […]

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Dinosaurs & Space : An Almost 3 Year Old’s Expanding Understanding

January 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Dinosaurs & Space : An Almost 3 Year Old’s Expanding UnderstandingHe was turning three at the end of the month. He knew the names of and which order the planets of our solar system […]

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Children, Dinosaurs, and Tape Measures

December 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Children, Dinosaurs, and Tape MeasuresOoh look, you’re taller than a Compsognathus. You know what you’re the same size as? Therizinosaurus claws!! A diplodocus tail wouldn’t even fit in our home, we’ll have to […]

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Dinosaur Bones & Children’s Bones

December 28th, 2015|0 Comments

My kid was going to be three in a few weeks. I had been able to see for a while how much information toddlers can absorb and understand, but I was not sure what seeing what the inside of a person looks like would do to him...Then we watched some dinosaur movies.

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Dinosaurs & Bike Helmets

December 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Dinosaurs & Bike Helmets

Stygimoloch, Pachycephalosaurus, Gravitholus, Stegoceras (not stegosaurus), and other Pachycephalosaurs.

Playing bony-domed dinosaurs comes with a quick lesson in pain, a quick lesson in brain protection, and a quick lesson in the benefits of […]

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

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Psittacosaurus

He was watching Dino Dan (again) and was telling me about the half dinosaur half porcupine...I (we) actually thought they were quills until I started writing this page!

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Brachiosaurus

A sauropod from the Jurassic Time Period discovered in what is now North America with different neck, leg, and tail proportions than most sauropods

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Ankylosaurus

An armoured dinosaur from found in Western North America from the end of the Late Cretaceous period; one of the last non-avian dinosaurs.

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Dracorex

We first discovered this on Tv show Dino Dan. It was one of the first dinosaurs he knew about before we researched together. I had to ask HIM about it!

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Amargasaurus

The story behind us getting this one is pretty self explanatory...it's a sauropod. With spikes on its back. The whole thing was quite exciting!

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Parasaurolophus

An ornithodod with a large crest probably used for communicating and maybe even thermoregulation. Parasaurolophus lived during the Late Cretaceous time period, in what is now North America.

Entertaining & Educational Kids’ Dinosaur Videos

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BBC Planet Dinosaur

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The Land Before Time

Dinosaur Books We Love