Tell Me a Story about … Dinosaurs!

9-5-18 E“Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous! Such difficult words, my gracious! They happened, you know, way back long ago, for these were the dinosaur ages!” 

Ah, how the words of that simple poem ring in the ears of my memories! We chose to homeschool our daughters, and what a delight that experience brought this mama! God used my desire to teach in the best way possible. And having an outlet for my overly-active creativity added my own uniqueness to the fun. 

One year, we did a unit on dinosaurs, complete with two huge, 3-D cardboard dinos displayed for the first day. The poem above came from a cassette tape with an hour’s worth of dinosaur poems and songs, including “Danny, the Dancing Dinosaur” who “loved to dance and he loved to roar”! I recall snippets from others, but the short poem above stood out because our daughters loved saying the “big words.” In fact, they could say parasaurolophus and ichthyosaurus long before I could even identify them! 

That September, we took a trip to Dinosaurland in Virginia. During our drive, I slipped the dino 9-5-18 Fcassette into the car’s tape player to surprise the girls. Singing with different music helped pass the time. This one delighted the girls and their mama and would be played often, with lots of dinosaur stomping and roaring … and little girl giggles. 

Dinosaurland brought thrills as we toured the park-like grounds. What’s behind that tree? Oh my! A stegosaurus! And over there … is that … could that be … yes, it is! It’s a tyrannosaurus rex! And look! There’s blood on its mouth from its recent kill lying on the ground in front of him! (Daddy thought this a realistic display, but mama hurried the girls towards the gift shop!)  

On the homefront, one of the reading activities we did remains a favorite of the girls. Each of them picked a dinosaur—a brontosaurus for Holly and a triceratops for Sarah. (Note: this came before we realized there’s no such thing as a brontosaurus! What we grew up calling a brontosaurus, the paleontologists first called an Apatosaurus and first names stand. ) 

9-5-18 BWe found the length of each dinosaur … without the benefit of internet for all of you hurrying to google it. Holly’s came in at a whopping 75 feet, while “Cera” barely topped 30. Next, we cut one-foot lengths of colored yarn. Each time the girls read a book, they chose a colored strand and tied it to the last one they’d chosen, winding them into a raggedy ball. Of course, since “Cera’s” ball was completed sooner, “our Sarah” started adding to the bronto-ball to finish it. 

To end our unit study, we bought the girls wooden skeleton kits to put together. Did you ever try to glue the backbones of a triceratops down it’s curvy spine, trying to decide if this piece is a tiny bit bigger than that one, making it needed closer to the end of the tail? And how in the 9-5-18 Dworld do you make a parasaurolophus’ long head protrusions stay in place?

I don’t think God had this much trouble when He put those skeletal pieces together to create dinosaurs, but I’m glad He did so. What joy the animal world in all its many varieties, past and present, brings to our family and many others around the world!

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4 thoughts on “Tell Me a Story about … Dinosaurs!

  1. Dinosaurs, hmmm. Well my boys were really into dinosaurs growing up, especially my middle son Andy. We subscribed to a magazine for him that featured different types of dinosaurs each issue and included crafts where he could make a model of the featured dinosaur out of plastic or cardboard and such along with activities. He loved it! I still have the remnants of one of those crafts — the skeleton made of plastic and covered over with purple clay that hardened into a sort of rubber-like texture. Some of poor Dino is now missing but I’m glad I have that remnant, not because it’s a dinosaur but because of my memories of my little boy, now 31 years old, who loved those dinosaurs. All of my grown-up boys are to this day still into the Jurassic Park movies. Oh and we did take them also to a Dinosaurs Alive exhibit when they were little at one of our local museums which they really liked. Oh such a lifetime ago! Now don’t get me started on the Barnie and Friends TV show they loved watching each morning but would not like to admit to it these days! I get it, but I still love those once upon a time memories. Thanks for jogging them for me today 🙂

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    • I know where you’re coming from with those long-ago memories being most dear to a mama’s heart! They also enjoyed Barnie, and in fact, our youngest had a Baby Bop footed-and-tailed pajama outfit. She loved it! I have some great photos of our times at Dinosaurland, but I couldn’t locate them to put up with the blog. One is of the youngest at about 6 with her sister at about 15, sitting on the giant King Kong. Most of the dinos weren’t for climbing on, but this one had a ladder to reach the top just for photo ops. I still love dinos to this day and hope to enjoy Dinosaurland with our grandchildren someday. Thanks for sharing your memories, Leafy! Glad they were such happy ones!

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  2. My memory with our children and the dinosaurs was when my great Aunt Ruth brought us all down to Washington DC to see the display of dinosaurs at the museum! Our children were 3 and 5 yrs and loved all the skeleton creations of how huge they really were compared to them! It was an AWESOME experience and we had so much fun!

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    • If I remember correctly, we went to the Smithsonian to check out various things, especially the dinos, but that exhibit was closed for renovations. Glad you were able to see them! Thanks for sharing your experience, Lise!

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