Dinosaurs

 

Dinosaur love, as every parent knows, usually begins sometime between the ages of 4 and 9 – but the passion can go on forever. Dinosaurs are cool. See below for books, projects, interesting lesson plans, 3-D dinosaur cookies, a great dinosaur sock puppet, and the scoop on becoming a paleontologist.

FICTIONAL DINOSAURS

 imgres Jane Yolen’s How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (Blue Sky Press, 2000) is a rhyming picture-book account of how dinosaurs (and, by implication, kids) go to bed. “Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout?/Does he throw his teddy bear all about?/Does a dinosaur stomp his feet on the floor/And shout “I want to hear one book more”?/Does a dinosaur ROAR?” No. As it turns out, they’re much better behaved. Mark Teague’s witty illustrations feature ten different oversized dinosaurs. Many good-behavior-promoting sequels, among them How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?, How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?, and How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Room? For ages 2-7.
The How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Reading and Discussion Guide from the Massachusetts Center for the Book has discussion questions, activities, and background information.
 imgres-3 Jon Surgal’s Have You Seen My Dinosaur? (Random House, 2010) is a giggle-provoking hide-and-seek book in catchy rhyme. (“Have you seen my dinosaur?/He’s large. He’s green. He likes to roar.”) The dinosaur all the while is hiding in plain sight. For ages 3-6.
 imgres-4 In Martin Waddell’s The Super Hungry Dinosaur (Dial, 2009), Hal and dog Billy are playing in the backyard when (GRRRR!) a Super Hungry Dinosaur charges in. Hal – with all the aplomb of Ogden Nash’s Isabel – defeats the dinosaur and all ends with a spaghetti dinner.  For ages 3-6.
 imgres-5 In John Steven Gurney’s Dinosaur Train (HarperCollins, 2002), Jesse – who loves trains and dinosaurs – is taken on a marvelous just-before-bedtime trip on a train filled with spectacular dinosaurs. For ages 3-6.
 imgres-6 Check out the PBS kids’ show Dinosaur Train. Included at the site are games, a field guide to dinosaurs, videos, and a teacher’s guide.
 imgres-1 Elise Broach’s When Dinosaurs Came with Everything (Atheneum Books, 2010) is every kid’s dream giveaway: as a little boy and his mother run their Friday errands, every store and office is handing out free dinosaurs. (At the doughnut shop: Buy a Dozen, Get a Dinosaur.) And these are real dinosaurs. The kid collects four before his mom calls it quits, and home they go for lunch.  A giggle for ages 3-7.
 imgres-2 In Bernard Most’s If the Dinosaurs Came Back (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1984), the narrator imagines what if would be like if dinosaurs were around today: they’d mow lawns and serve as ladders; people could ride to work on their backs; and they’d protect us from robbers. With catchy illustrations of big bright-colored dinosaurs. For ages 4-8.
 imgres-7 In Ian Whybrow’s Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs (Puffin, 2012), Harry finds a cache of old plastic dinosaur toys in his grandmother’s attic, cleans them up, learns all their names, and soon carries them everywhere with him in a bucket. These are special dinosaurs: for Harry, they come to life. A problem arises when he loses his beloved dinosaurs on the train – but Harry knows just how to get them back. There are several sequels featuring Harry and his dinosaurs, as well as a TV show. For ages 4-8.
Teaching Ideas for Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs include multidisciplinary activities for Literature, Math, Science, Design Technology, Art, and Music.
 imgres-8 Paul Stickland’s Dinosaur Roar (Puffin, 2002) is an introduction to opposites, with colorful and expressive dinosaurs and a simple, but clever, rhyming text – starting with “Dinosaur roar/Dinosaur squeak/Dinosaur fierce/Dinosaur meek.” For ages 4-8.
 imgres-9 Syd Hoff’s Danny and the Dinosaur (HarperCollins, 2008) was originally published in 1958 and is still going strong today. Danny visits a museum where he meets a live, friendly (and appealingly blimpish) dinosaur and off the two go for an adventurous day. Sequels are Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp and Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur! For ages 4-8.
 imgres-10 Tony Mitton’s Dinosaurumpus (Scholastic, 2009) is a bouncy and colorful rumpus of cavorting dinosaurs with a rhyming and onomatopoetic text (lots of Thwacks, Bomps, Donks, and EEEKs). (“Shake, shake, shudder/near the sludgy old swamp./The dinosaurs are coming./Get ready to romp!”) Readers also learn some real dinosaur names and features. For ages 4-8.
 imgres-11 In James Mayhew’s Katie and the Dinosaurs (Hodder & Stoughton, 2009), Katie visits the Natural History Museum, goes through a door marked “No Admittance,” and finds herself in a prehistoric world of dinosaurs – where she helps a baby Hadrosaurus and distracts a hungry T. rex (with her lunch box). One of many Katie books. For ages 4-8.
 imgres-12 In William Joyce’s Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo (HarperCollins, 1995), the adventurous Lazardo family obtains a pet dinosaur while on safari in Africa. (“He looks kind of like my uncle Bob,” said Mrs. Lazardo. So they named him Bob.) The illustrations are gorgeous, and the whole thing is topped off with “The Ballad of Dinosaur Bob” (by Zelda Lazardo), to be sung to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne.” For ages 4-8.
 imgres-13 In Dennis Nolan’s Dinosaur Dream (Aladdin, 1994), Wilbur wakes up to find a lost baby Apatosaurus outside his bedroom window. He names it Gideon (after paleontologist Gideon Mantell) and sets off on a 140-million-year-long trip through time to take it safely home again. Lovely pseudo-realistic illustrations. For ages 4-8.
 imgres-14 In Mo Willems’s Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct (Hyperion Books, 2006), Edwina is a sweetheart of a dinosaur who helps old ladies across the street and bakes chocolate chip cookies. She’s loved by all, except Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie, who insists – with lecture, illustrations, and a pointer – that the dinosaurs are TOTALLY EXTINCT. Edwina is horrified. For ages 4-8.
 imgres-15 In Mo Willems’s hysterical Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (Balzer + Bray, 2012), the dinosaurs make the beds, arrange the chairs, set out three tempting bowls of chocolate pudding heated to various temperatures, and go for a walk. Says Mama Dinosaur, “I SURE HOPE NO INNOCENT LITTLE SUCCULENT CHILD HAPPENS BY OUR UNLOCKED HOME WHILE WE ARE…uhh…SOMEPLACE ELSE!” Luckily visiting Goldilocks wises up before she becomes a dinosaur bon-bon. For ages 5 and up.
 imgres-16 In Carol Carrick’s Patrick’s Dinosaurs (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1985), Patrick learns all about dinosaurs from his brother, Hank, and then becomes convinced that a fearsome T. rex has followed them home – until Hank explains that the dinosaurs are long gone. Sequels include What Happened to Patrick’s Dinosaurs? – in which Hank explains the science of why the dinosaurs became extinct, while Patrick imagines a world of friendly dinosaurs helping people until they finally left Earth in a spaceship – and Patrick’s Dinosaurs on the Internet (no science whatsoever) in which Patrick takes a trip to the distant dinosaur planet. For ages 5-8.
 imgres-17 Laura Joy Rennert’s Buying, Training and Caring for Your Dinosaur (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2009) is a hilarious spoof on choosing a dinosaur pet. What kind, for example, is best for you? Horned? “With his bony frill and three horns, Triceratops is a great watch-dino. Please post a BEWARE OF DINO sign. Your mail carrier will appreciate this.” For ages 5-8.
 imgres-18 In Judith Viorst’s Lulu and the Brontosaurus (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010) – with terrific illustrations by Lane Smith – Lulu, denied a brontosaurus for her birthday, throws a screaming fit, then packs a pickle sandwich and heads off into the woods to find a brontosaurus for herself.  When she finally finds one, a problem arises: the brontosaurus wants to keep Lulu as a pet. Readers get a choice of three different endings. Funny, clever, and a helpful lesson in behavior for ages 5-9.
 imgres-19 In Oliver Butterworth’s The Enormous Egg (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 1993), young Nate Twitchell is flabbergasted when an oversized egg from the family chicken coop in Freedom, NH, hatches out an infant Triceratops. Soon scientists and politicians converge on the farm, and Nate is confronted with the problem of what’s best to do with his dinosaur. For ages 8-12.
 imgres-20 In Evelyn Sibley Lampman’s The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek (Purple House Press, 2007), twins Joan and Joey Brown – out hunting fossils in the desert – find far more than they bargained for: a live Stegosaurus (George) who likes bananas and speaks English. For ages 8-12.
 imgres-21 In Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park (Ballantine Books, 2012), the dinosaurs are back – cloned from blood samples in ancient amber – and they’re smart and dangerous. In the sequel, Lost World, they’re back again. Exciting reads for teenagers and adults.
Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film version of Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and lot of spectacular dinosaurs. Rated PG-13.

REAL DINOSAURS

 imgres-23 In Byron Barton’s Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones (HarperFestival, 1990), six paleontologists in different-colored pith helmets hunt for dinosaur bones, dig them up, wrap them and send them to the museum, and then assemble a dinosaur skeleton. For ages 3-6.
 imgres-24 Bob Barner’s Dinosaur Bones (Chronicle Books, 2001) – illustrated with great paper-collage pictures – pairs a simple rhyming text (in big splashy print) with snippets of scientific fact (in smaller, more official-looking print). For ages 3-8.
 images By Catherine D. Hughes, National Geographic’s First Big Book of Dinosaurs (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2011) covers dinosaurs in ascending order of size, from Small to Big, Giant, and Gigantic. For each, there’s a reader-friendly description, a quick Facts box, and a pronunciation guide. The book is filled with activity suggestions and interactive questions and has great realistic illustrations by Franco Tempesta. A good pick for ages 4-8.
 images-1 By master paper engineer Robert Sabuda, Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs (Candlewick, 2005) pairs basic information with 35 spectacular pop-up dinosaurs. For ages 4 and up.
  See the Candlewick Press website to download a teacher’s guide and an activity kit (make a T. rex pop-up card) to accompany the book.
 imgres-25 In Joanna Cole’s The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs (Scholastic, 1995), everyone’s favorite teacher Ms. Frizzle – whose clothes I crave, especially that dress covered in vegetables – transports her class back in time for a tour of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods, with a stop-off at a Maiasaura nesting ground. Much of the information is conveyed through hand-written and illustrated student reports. For ages 4-8.
 imgres-26 By Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, Dinosaur Tracks (HarperCollins, 2007) in the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series explains how fossil footprints form and what we can learn from them. For ages 4-8.
 imgres-27 In the same series by Zoehfeld, see Dinosaurs Big and Small (HarperCollins, 2002) which discusses the range of dinosaur sizes in terms of recognizable measures – such as an average-size kid, a school bus, and an elephant – Where Did Dinosaurs Come From? (HarperCollins, 2010), which covers fossil clues to the evolution of dinosaurs; and Did Dinosaurs Have Feathers? (HarperCollins, 2003) which covers the first discovery of early feathers in a fossilized Archaeopteryx, Chinese fossils of feathered dinosaurs, and the link between dinosaurs and modern birds. For ages 4-8.
 imgres-28 Aliki’s Digging Up Dinosaurs (HarperCollins, 1988) in the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series not only covers digging up dinosaurs, but the process of putting them back together again. The illustrations are wonderful, with detailed dinosaur skeletons, clever little cartoon people with dialogue in cartoon bubbles, and – on the cover – a female paleontologist. For ages 4-9.
  Related books by Aliki are My Visit to the Dinosaurs (HarperCollins, 1985), Dinosaur Bones (HarperCollins, 1990) and Fossils Tell of Long Ago (HarperCollins, 1990).
images-6 Aliki’s Dinosaurs Are Different (HarperCollins, 1986) provides more detailed information than is found is the usual elementary dino book. Dinosaur differences are anatomic and taxonomic: the author explains the dinosaur family tree and shows the differences between the two orders of dinosaurs: the lizard-hipped saurischians and the bird-hipped ornithischians. Pictures, with color-coded bones, show readers how to tell them apart. Additional information is provided through kids exchanging dinosaur facts in cartoon conversation balloons. For ages 5-9.
 imgres-29 By Gail Gibbons, Dinosaurs! (Holiday House, 2009) is a straightforward introduction to paleontology and dinosaurs – beginning with the massive meteor that hit the earth, bringing the Age of Dinosaurs to an end. Gibbons covers the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, profiles 14 different dinosaurs, and discusses dinosaur discoveries. For ages 5-9.
 images-2 Kathleen V. Kudlinski’s Boy, Were We Wrong about Dinosaurs (Puffin, 2008) describes our changing beliefs about dinosaurs, beginning with the ancient Chinese, who thought the giant bones belonged to dragons. Theories continue to change today, as we discover more about dinosaur anatomy and behavior. For ages 6-9.
 imgres-30 The National Geographic Society’s The Dinosaur Museum (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2006) is a fabulous interactive tour of a natural history museum, with pop-up fossils, a dinosaur timeline, a sliding dinosaur size chart, and all kinds of fascinating flaps, tabs, and wheels. For ages 5-11.
 imgres-31 By Kathi Wagner and Sheryl Racine, The Everything Kids’ Dinosaurs Book (Adams Media, 2005) is a 144-page collection of information, activities, recipes, and puzzles. Included are Words to Know (say, paleontologist) and jokes. For ages 8-12.
 imgres-32 Jacob Berkowitz’s Jurassic Poop: What Dinosaurs (and Others) Left Behind (Kids Can Press, 2006) – a sure hit with the dinosaur-and-potty-humor crowd – is filled with helpful information about preserved dung and what scientists learn from it.  Readers learn the formal name for fossilized poop, which is coprolite. For ages 8-12.
 imgres-33 David Lambert’s Dinosaur (Dorling Kindersley,  2010) in the Eyewitness series covers a wide range of dinosaur topics in a series of spectacularly illustrated double-page spreads. Among the topics covered are the dinosaurs of various geologic periods, dinosaur evolution, meat-eaters and plant-eaters, feathered dinosaurs, eggs and young, fossils, and dinosaur classification. Included is a discovery timeline and a glossary. For ages 8 and up.
 imgres-38 Stephen Jay Gould’s natural history collections are a great science resource for teenagers and adults. None are all about dinosaurs, but most include a number of interesting dinosaur essays. Check out The Panda’s Thumb (W.W. Norton & Company, 1992) for “Were the Dinosaurs Dumb?” and “The Telltale Wishbone.” See Books by Stephen Jay Gould.
 imgres-35 Walking with Dinosaurs is a six-part series from the BBC: episode titles are New Blood, Time of the Titans, Cruel Sea, Giant of the Skies, Spirits of the Ice Forest, and Death of a Dynasty. Available on DVD or as an Amazon Instant Video.
 images-7 Dinosaurs is a seven-part lesson plan for early-elementary students, with activities and discussion questions. Among the topics: Extinction, Fossils, Types of Dinosaurs, and Meat and Plant Eaters.
 images-7 From the Arizona Museum of Natural History, the downloadable 70+-page illustrated Educator Resource Guide – Dinosaurs has background information, fact lists, photos of fossils, a dinosaur question-and-answer list, information about individual dinosaurs, dinosaur poems, and printable activity sheets.
 images-7 Paleontology: The Big Dig has information, games, experiments and projects on fossils and dinosaurs from the American Museum of Natural History.

 PALEONTOLOGISTS AND DINOSAUR HUNTERS

 images-8 Fay Robinson’s A Dinosaur Named Sue (Cartwheel, 1999) is the story of Sue Hendrickson’s discovery of “Sue,” the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found, now on display at Chicago’s Field Museum. For ages 4-8.
Check out Sue the T. rex at the Field Museum website.
 images-9 Tracy Fem’s Barnum’s Bones (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012) is the story of paleontologist Barnum Brown – named for the showman P.T. Barnum – who discovered the first documented Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. For ages 5-9.
From the American Museum of Natural History, see Barnum Brown: The Man Who Discovered Tyrannosaurus rex on You Tube.
 images-10 Barbara Kerley’s The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins (Scholastic, 2001) – with wonderful illustrations by Brian Selznick – is the story of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, the Victorian artist who built the life-size dinosaur models that ornamented the grounds of London’s famous Crystal Palace. (He threw a dinner party for scientists inside his Iguanodon.) For ages 6 and up.
 images-11 Shirley Raye Redmond’s That Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs (Simon Spotlight, 2012) – a Ready to Read book – is the (true) story of Mary Anning’s dog Tray and their fossil-hunting expeditions in England in the early 19th century. For ages 6-8.
 images-12 Jessie Hartland’s How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum (Blue Apple Books, 2011) is the 145-million-year-long story of how a Diplodocus fossil was formed, its bones discovered, uncovered, and transported to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  Clever cartoon illustrations and a creative design make this book a gem. For ages 6-9.
 images-13 Kate McMullen’s Dinosaur Hunters (Random House, 2005) – a Step Into Reading book – is an information-packed history of paleontology from Mary Ann and Gideon Mantell’s 19th-century discovery of Iguanodon through “Dinosaur Jim” Jensen, discoverer of Supersaurus and Ultrasaurus. For ages 7-9.
 images-14 By Peter Larson and Kristin Donnan, Bones Rock! (Invisible Cities Press, 2004)  – subtitled “Everything You Need to Know to Be a Paleontologist” – has background information and how-tos for young dinosaur- and fossil-lovers. Find out how to dig, clean, and evaluate fossils, and to propose and test scientific hypotheses. Illustrated with color photos and diagrams. For ages 9-12.
 images-15 Ann Bausman’s Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2000) is a 64-page photobiography of dinosaur hunter Roy Chapman Andrews – the flamboyant real-life model for Indiana Jones. He’s best-known for his dinosaur finds in China’s Gobi Desert. For ages 10 and up.
  images-16 Nic Bishop’s Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002) – one of the Scientists in the Field series – is a photo-essay on Cathy Forster’s 1998 expedition to Madagascar and her work on the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. For ages 10 and up.
 images-17 By Jim Ottaviani and colleagues, Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards (G.T. Labs, 2005) is a well-done historical graphic novel about the “Bone Wars” of the Gilded Age, during which rivals Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh competed for the West’s troves of dinosaur bones. For ages 10 and up.
 images-18 Nature writer David Rains Wallace’s The Bonehunters’ Revenge (Mariner Books, 2000) is a detailed account of the fatal Bone Wars for teenagers and adults.
 images-19 From the PBS American Experience series, Dinosaur Wars is a video account of the Othniel Marsh/Edward Cope conflict that (on the positive side) set off a permanent American passion for dinosaurs. The website has background information and a teacher’s guide. Dinosaur Wars is available on DVD or can be watched online at the website.
 images-20 In Bone Wars (“The Game of Ruthless Paleontology”) from Zygote Games, players take on the role of paleontologists and compete to collect dinosaur bones, fending off natural disasters and unscrupulous rivals along the way. For 2-4 players ages 10 and up.
The DinoHunters is an online history of dinosaur hunting with capsule biographies of famous dinosaur hunters, among them Gideon Mantell, Mary Anning, Barnum Brown, and Sue Hendrickson.
 images-21 From Enchanted Learning, The Top Paleontologists and Dinosaur Hunters of All Time is a long hyperlinked alphabetized list beginning with Luis Alvarez.
 a3385521101_2 The Dinosaur Hunters is a kid’s musical about the 19th-century dinosaur “bone wars” between paleontologists Othniel Marsh and Edward Cope (“two men with very strange beards”). A fun free download.
 images-21 Dinosaur Detectives is a lesson plan from Discovery Education for grades 6-8. Kids research famous paleontologists and their theories about dinosaurs.

GOING EXTINCT

 images-22 In Julie Middleton’s Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? (Peachtree Press, 2013), Dave and his dad are visiting the natural history museum where – whenever Dad’s back is turned – the dinosaurs come alive. With clever and funny illustrations by Russell Ayto. For ages 4-8.
 images-23 James Lawrence Powell’s Night Comes to the Cretaceous (W.H. Freeman, 1998) is an account of Luis and Walter Alvarez’s theory that a meteoroid or comet impact brought on the death of the dinosaurs. For teenagers and adults.
 images-24 Jack Horner and James Gorman’s How to Build a Dinosaur (Dutton, 2009) – subtitled “Extinction Doesn’t Have to Be Forever” – suggests that it might be possible to build a dinosaur by reverse engineering starting with chicken DNA. For teenagers and adults.
Read a shorter account of Horner’s build-a-dinosaur project in Wired magazine at How to Hatch a Dinosaur.
 images-25 Dinosaurs Extinct? is a board game in which players compete to move their dinosaurs from the prehistoric era to the present while avoiding extinction by such “earth events” as volcanoes, Ice Ages, and meteorites. For 2-4 players ages 5-10.

DINOSAUR MATH

 images-26 Paul Stickland’s Ten Terrible Dinosaurs (Puffin, 2000) is a dinosaur countdown book as ten – then nine, then eight – rambunctious dinosaurs push, shove, dance, stomp, and throw tomatoes until finally just one (napping) dinosaur is left. For ages 3-5.
 images-27 Bernard Most’s How Big Were the Dinosaurs? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1995) puts dinosaur size in perspective, using a lot of kid-friendly analogies: A T. rex’s tooth was as long as your toothbrush; a Triceratops head was too big to fit through your front door; a Diplodocus was as long as a basketball court. Included is a cool fold-out. For ages 4-8.
 images-28 How Big Was That Dinosaur? is a math activity printout and chart from Enchanted Learning, in which dinosaur sizes are computed in terms of cars, school buses, and human adults.
 images-29 In Stuart J. Murphy’s Dinosaur Deals (HarperCollins, 2001) – a MathStart book – Mike and Andy go to a Dinosaur Card Trading Fair. The book deals with the concept of equivalency as the kids trade cards worth varying point values; also included is a scattering of dinosaur facts. For ages 6-9.
 images-30 From Eduplace, Dinosaur Trading Cards is a project for making your own fact-filled dinosaur trading cards. Included is a printable card template.
From Making Learning Fun, Math Ideas for a Dinosaur Theme has printable pattern cards, missing number cards, counting cards, a roll-and-color addition game, and more, all with dinosaurs.
 images-31 Dino Dig is an interactive online game in which players explore a grid trying to find buried dinosaur bones.
Problem of the Month: Digging Dinosaurs is math challenge with a dinosaur theme, presented at five different levels (variously appropriate for kindergarteners through high-school students).
Can You Dig It? is an interactive online addition game in which players solve addition problems to uncover buried bones (with a paleontological brush).

ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS

 images-33 By Mari Ono and Hiroaki Takai, Dinogami (CICO Books, 2012) has step-by-step instructions for folding 25 different dinosaurs, plus 50 sheets of patterned origami paper. Illustrated with photographs.
 images-34 Bake a T. rex! With these 3-D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters, you can make a collection of slotted cookies that make a stand-up (and yummily edible) dinosaur.
 images-35 Build a 3-D wooden dinosaur skeleton. Several kits are available from Woodcraft, among them a Velociraptor, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Stegosaurus. About $5.
Science Store for the Stars has a large collection of dinosaur puzzles, kits, and models. Excavate a skull or a skeleton. Or check out Nothing But Dinosaurs, a store devoted to nothing but. Included are a lot of dino toys and an assortment of “Dino Dig” science kits.
 spino-fire-photo Download a Dinosaur has great free paper models. Print, paint, and assemble.
 dinosaur-sock-puppet-1 From All Kids Network, Dinosaur Crafts has a great assortment, among them a tissue-paper dinosaur window ornament, a sock puppet, a dinosaur color matching game, and a salt-dough fossil.
 styracosaurus-mask Dinosaur Crafts from Activity Village include a paper-plate Diplodocus and Styracosaurus, and a pair of tie-on dinosaur feet. (Put them on and stomp in them!)
 026 DIY Dino Dig Kits has photo-illustrated instructions for making your own excavation kits, plus links to a number of alternatives including a dinosaur excavation cake.
 images-36 This one is a craft and a half. Chris McGowan’s How to Make a Dinosaur out of Chicken Bones (HarperPerennial, 1997) has instructions for making an (“incredibly realistic) Apatosaurus skeleton from chicken bones. (You’ll need three chickens, boiled; the book includes recipes for the leftovers.) A fun and challenging project. This clever book is out of print, but inexpensive used copies are readily available. (And check the library.) For ages 9 and up.

SONGS AND POEMS

 images-37 Most Amazing Dinosaur Songs from Music for Little People is a collection of 22 dinosaur ditties. Available as audio CD or MP3. Or just listen to them online.
 images-38 John Foster’s Dinosaur Poems (Oxford University Press, 2004) is an illustrated collection by a range of different poets. For ages 4 and up.
 images-39 Jack Prelutsky’s Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast (Greenwillow Books, 1992) is a collection of humorous poems illustrated by Arnold Lobel. The title poem: “Tyrannosaurus was a beast/that had no friends, to say the least./It ruled the ancient out-of-doors,/and slaughtered other dinosaurs.” For ages 4-8.

Also see DRAGONS.

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