Monday, September 12, 2011

Recreating a Dinosaur Dig at home

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I am totally not into spooky Halloween decorations, but I wanted to post about this project because this is the time of year you can easily find bones.  My little one absolutely loves the dinosaur dig at the Royal Ontario Museum so I wanted to recreate a version for our home sandbox.
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I found some bones in the Halloween section of the Dollar Store.  We also used goggles, plastic dinosaurs, and a paintbrush {to gently dust off sand}.
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I wanted my older daughter to enjoy this well, so I turned the bones into flashcards with the names of the eras and names of dinosaurs on the reverse.
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Everything was buried.
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And the fun began.
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This dig kept my  little palaeontologist occupied for a very long time!
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19 comments:

  1. OH!! What a fun little project. We've made dinosaur eggs/treasure rocks but this looks like loads of fun too!!

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  2. I love how this is a learn and play activity.

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  3. I love when you do this! Make a project this is immensely fun and highly educational at the same time! I would enjoy this too!

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  4. Thanks for letting me know KJ! And I love the dinosaur bones!

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  5. Brilliant!! Josie would totally enjoy the 'dig' with your girls. I'm sure we have some Halloween bones packed up in our stash. You always have the best adventures.

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  6. I really had to think about "this is the time of the year when you can get cones easily", and then I got it, spooky Halloween decorations LOL
    Lovely idea and your little one looks adorable brushing away the sand so full of concentration.

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  7. I really, really love this idea. You're right that this is a good time to collect bones! :).

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  8. This is so clever, KJ! You are amazing :)

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  9. What a great way to merge playing and learning. You sneaky girl you!

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  10. That is a really cute idea! Really motivated me to get my sandbox up!

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  11. I bet she did have a blast! When Jonathan was little, I buried the plastic dinosaurs in plastic eggs for him to find. He would play for hours in his little sandbox. I never thought about the Halloween bones. Great idea, KJ!

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  12. Adorable!! I'm going to have to try this with my nephews. As an archaeologist, I definitely approve!

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  13. too cute! i can't wait for the dinosaur theme to come up in our museum, then we can do this in the sand box too!!!!

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  14. This is such a phenomenally awesome idea. We are going to the new dinosaur exhibit in LA in two weeks. This would be a great follow up activity.

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  15. Very inspiratiional! I once saw something similar at a dinosaur museum in France.Did you goout and buy the sand too? My chickens woud probably just poo in it!

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  16. My son loves dinosaurs and he'll love this brilliant idea! I think I'll try it the next time we go to the beach! Saves on the expensive dinosaur toys too :-)

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  17. What a great idea! I'm definitely remembering this one next time I am in the dollar store.

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