Penny has never shown any particular interest in dinosaurs, but I’d been wanting to rent The Good Dinosaur movie (which I turned out to not love very much…was that just me?), so I decided to take a chance and focus our letter of the week study on dinosaurs. I checked out dinosaur books from the library, found some really cute dinosaur crafts and activities on Pinterest (click here to check out and follow my board), and started planning our week.
I was actually really excited about the things I had planned, and I only hoped Penny would get into it as much as I was. As we started talking and reading about dinosaurs, using mostly nonfiction books (something I admit I haven’t exposed her to enough of because I tend to prefer fiction myself), I was very pleasantly surprised by how engaged Penny was with the subject matter.
She asked so many questions and was fascinated with the idea that dinosaurs were now extinct. She kept wanting to flip back to the page about the meteor theory, trying to understand what happened to the dinosaurs and why the Earth and its’ animals have changed so much over the years. Quite honestly, it made me super proud to see her soaking everything in so eagerly.
Over the next several days, I would find her pretending to eat our house plants as she explained that she was using her long neck to reach the leaves, or stomping around roaring like T-Rex (whom turned out to be her favorite dinosaur- another surprise, as I tend to like the more gentle plant eating variety myself). We pretended to be paleontologists, digging for fossils in the Earth (fossils being alphabet magnets and the Earth being whole wheat flour), we made fossil peanut butter cookies using Tyrannosaurus foot prints, and had a blast with kinetic sand.
But our favorite activity was definitely visiting the Natural History Museum and seeing dinosaur bones up close. I think Penny was in awe of how big the dinosaurs actually were, as was I.
This week has definitely taught me that kids can and often do surprise you. My girly princess loving girl can sing “Let it Go” until she turns blue, but that doesn’t mean she won’t be just as thrilled with digging and fossils. I can only wonder what Penny will surprise me with next!
If you have missed any of our previous letter of the week studies, check them out and keep following along!