The easiest way for children to understand new information is to relate it to something they are already familiar with. For example, my three and a half year old already knows a great deal about a computer’s file and directory structure; right now it’s simply in the form of dinosaur classification.

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

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!)

[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.

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...

DYI Flying Dinosaurs and Pterosaurs

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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.

DYI Dinosaur Train

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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...

Dad! That car looks like a Nasutoceratops!!

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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 […]

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

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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

Dinosaur Battles – First youtube, now wii!

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He loves dinosaurs, he has been familiarizing himself on the computer (clicking buttons, closing windows, skipping ads, mouse clicks, painting tools, etc, etc, etc) and now is really getting the hang of the Wii controller.

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

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(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 […]

Vertically Measuring Dinosaurs With Helium Balloons

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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 […]

Learning To Read With Dinosaurs – Episode 1 : 12 Herbivores

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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’.

Sauropod Love

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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 […]