Yesterday and today we worked on making dinosaur snouts. We learned Wednesday that dinosaurs had scales on their skin and so we used starch to glue our “scales” (read: colored tissue paper squares) onto our snouts. We used white paper cups to make our snout. The opening of the cup is large enough to fit over the children’s nose and mouth. We cut out the botton of each cup then on each side we cut a triangle shape out so it essentially looks like an open mouth. The children were super excited when I said I’d punch a hole on each side and use yarn to tie them around each child’s head so that they could wear them to pretend to be dinosaurs! They actually squealed with joy! So we might be pretending to be dinosaurs either tomorrow or Monday! Good times.
I’m also planning on using a die cut of a Stegosaurus I have at work to make counting mats to use with my dinosaur counters. I’ll write a number between 1 and 20 on each dinosaur then let the children pick one and count out that many manipulative’s. Some of my children are still having a hard time recognizing numbers while others have a hard time with the concept that they should only pick up one dinosaur counter for each number when they count. So, this will be a good way to work on that. They can also sort and/or pattern the counters if the choose.
So we continue to have fun while learning with dinosaurs!