Monday, September 10, 2007

More Dinosaur Fun

On Friday and Saturday we had more fun with our dinosaur activities. First we read If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most. (This author has a lot of great dinosaur books that we've found at the library. Most that I've found don't conflict with Creationism.) This book is a fun depiction of the things dinosaurs could help people do if they were alive today. The pictures are cute and really help you get an idea of the sizes of different dinosaurs compared to other things like houses, mountains, buildings, cars, etc. This kicked off a lesson in measuring. We went out in the backyard, and with Daddy's help we used a (very long) tape measure to mark off the lengths of various dinosaurs. We taped the beginning and end of each measurement so that we could have a visual to help us compare each one. We also measured the kids, so that they could see that some dinosaurs were close to their size while others were as long as our house! They really got a kick out of this. Then we colored a graph to show the measurements we had made.

On Saturday we read from What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? by Ken Ham. This book is a bit much for my 4 year old, but my 6 year old son begged for me to read the whole thing to him at the beginning of the week. It uses Biblical evidence to answer a lot of common questions about dinosaurs. We read the section on fossils, and then used modeling clay to make fossil imprints with chicken bones, shells, and coins. The kids had never worked with modeling clay, so they enjoyed this part of it. (Although what they really wanted to do was make bowls and cups instead of fossils!) We were going to use the imprints later in the weekend to make cast fossils with plaster of paris, but we ran out of time. We'll try to do this either tomorrow evening or on Wednesday.

Tomorrow we are going on a field trip! We're headed to the Indianapolis Children's Museum to meet up with Marcy from the FIAR boards and a friend of hers who also uses FIAR. Marcy's son Ben is close to Superhero's age, and her friend's daughter is close to Giggles' age, so they should have a ball together! We will get to see the museum's dinosaur exhibit, one of the largest in the country. I've heard a lot of rave reviews about these dinosaurs, so I am really excited for us to be able to see this exhibit. Tomorrow night I'll try to post pictures of our adventures there!

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