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A woman stopped my wife in a store and said 'thanks for talking to your baby like that'. She was just 'talking' to the baby. Not knowing what to talk to a baby about when mom went back to work, I just described everything we were going past: trees, construction trucks, birds, etc. We explored in more detail whatever he was interested in and continually related new info to something he had learned (or even just saw or heard) before. This site is an extension of that.
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Rearranged the Dino Table, Other Side Via “Time Tunnel”

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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.

Still ‘Playing’ :)

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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!

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

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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 […]

[video] Prehistoric Fidget Spinner For Unschoolers

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

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

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

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

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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!!!" :D

Kronosaurus

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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...

Triceratops

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Probably the most recognizable dinosaur, this ceratopsian was one of the last non-avian dinosaurs before the mass extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous Time Period.

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First Video! Leave It In The Comics :)

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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

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

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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!)

Microraptor

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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

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

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

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

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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.

Dacentrurus

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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

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

Gryposaurus

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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

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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

Styrofoam Dino Playsets

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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...

Yutyrannus

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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.

Pentaceratops

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This was the first dino toy we got after he learned to love playing 'Dinosaurs Battle World Championships', either with people (me and him wrestling as dinos) or us smashing the toys together. I told him he was starting to smash too hard, and they really kind of hurt. I saw him coming in for another smash, so I held this guy, horns out :) #noSmashesSince