This week we read the book Dinosaur Dig by Penny Dale. It’s the perfect book for small children because it incorporates counting, actions, dinosaurs and big machines – oh yes, which all make very, very loud noises. So our young audience was definately enchanted by this book.
We followed our book with a great little song:
I Wish I Were a Great Big Dinosaur (To the tune of the Oscar Myer Weiner Song)
Oh I wish I were a great big dinosaur, That is was I truly want to be,For if I were a great big Dinosaur, Everyone would run away from me! (AAAHHHH) You can also add: Stomp away, crawl away, slither away)
All the kids had fun screaming – but not as much fun as this weeks craft which was, who would have guessed, a Dino Dig!
This was a super easy craft that needed:
- small tinfoil containers – we used mini loaf pans, but foil tart shells would have been great too –
- Plaster of Paris – be careful as it sets super fast and gets hot while doing so – Adults only!
- Small plastic dinos – the size is really up to you.
- A pick – we used the blunt end of a paintbrush, but a butter knife would work too.
- Put the plastic dino or other item you want to “dig up” in the foil tray
- Mix your plaster and pour immeadiately
- Cover as much of your dino as you wish. We let bits stick out so our kids knew where to dig.
- Let dry. If you mix the plaster properly it will dry straight away, but if it is too thin it could take a few hours. Very watery plaster will have to be repoured because it just won’t set!
- Let your kids dig! My daughter saw these on my counter before the program today and was so excited, she wanted to dig all of them up!