Hi again everyone, hope you and your families are well 😊Lovely to see all your Home Learning and photos that you have uploaded to Tapestry. Thank you for sharing.
A big question for you…. Are dinosaurs still alive? No! That means they are extinct. How long ago did dinosaurs live? How do we know they existed? Watch link below to explore what a palaeontologist does.
Learn about Mary Anning using link below - talk about how we can enjoy the fossils she discovered.
Make a timeline together. Use a piece of string or rope. Place pictures or objects along the timeline to show when things happened:
When dinosaurs existed!
When Grandma/Grandpa was born
When Mum/Dad were born
When I was born
When I learned to walk
When I started Nursery
Try to explore with your child how long ago it was that dinosaurs existed.
If possible, share a photo of your timeline through Tapestry.
Try to make dinosaur fossils using play dough or salt dough
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
3/4 cup water
Dinosaur toys (small sizes are best)
1. Combine salt, flour, and water in a small bowl or dish. Mix well until a soft dough forms.
Before mixing, play with dinosaur toys upon “Salt and Flour Mountain” and discussing what kind of habitats dinosaurs would have lived in.
2. When the dough forms, pinch off small fistfuls to shape into flattened rounds, similar to the shape and size of a cookie. Press your dinosaur toy into the dough.
Tip: Some dinosaur toys are curved to show the dinosaur in action, especially those with a long tail. Try pressing the dinosaur into the dough as evenly as you can at first, and then lift it up to see any areas that left a shallow mark. Press the toy down again into the dough, concentrating on the shallow section, so you get a better fossil.
3. Repeat step 2 with each dinosaur. The dough should yield about 6 fossil discs.
4. Bake at 200 degrees until your fossil is dry. The amount of time needed to bake depends on size and thickness; thin flat fossils may only take 45-60 minutes; thicker fossils can take 2-3 hours or more.
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