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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Rearranged the Dino Table, Other Side Via “Time Tunnel”

October 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Such a simple move. Rearranging the dino area from a C to a Z shaped setup! Not only can they get behind the table like I knew would help them reach more dinosaur toys they wanted to play with.

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Still ‘Playing’ 🙂

October 4th, 2017|0 Comments

She hasn't been absorbed in dinosaurs as much as he had at her age...but if that's what they are doing, they are having a blast at it 🙂 Watching him coaching her on proper pronunciation, teaching her facts about them - many facts that I never told him...dang it's impressive!

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[video] Toddler Identifies Five Dinosaurs (well, four, and a prehistoric swimming reptile)

August 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Toddler Names Five Dinosaurs (well, four…)
These are definitely her favourite guys. She wanted to make a video this time. I had some surprise dinosaur 3d puzzle eggs they didn’t know about. I made it a […]

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[video] Prehistoric Fidget Spinner For Unschoolers

July 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Fidget Spinners, huh? This is our unschool version. It’s like a fidget spinner and an old fashioned sit-n-spin (remember those?).

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[video] Dinosaur Toys: 5YO Sorting Ceratopsians by Time Period

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Lose the Hadrosaurs. Ceratopsian Mountain and Time Period Sorting Expanding play learning again 🙂 (Notice any advantages already to creating videos from play? )

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The 5yo introduced greek mythology into his dino play story lines

June 30th, 2017|0 Comments

I was walking past the 'dinosaur room' and heard the 5yo playing.. "...oh no, what's wrong, dacentrurus?? are you a statue??...I'm not a statue....or even a fossil...it was muh-muh-muh-muh-muh medusaceratops!!!" 😀

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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? 🙂

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

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Kronosaurus

This is toddler number two's favourite prehistoric swimming reptile so far. (When her brother was her age we called them 'swimmers'...thinking they were the kind of dinosaurs that could swim...

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Triceratops

Probably the most recognizable dinosaur, this ceratopsian was one of the last non-avian dinosaurs before […]

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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

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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.

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Olorotitan

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

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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.

Entertaining & Educational Kids’ Dinosaur Videos

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BBC Planet Dinosaur

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The Land Before Time

Dinosaur Books We Love