My 6-year-old daughter loves dinosaurs and October happens to be International Dinosaur Month. Did you know there was such a thing? I sure didn’t but it seems like a great chance to explore these prehistoric creatures and do some fun activities with my dino-loving gal. Here are some books, activities, and fun field trips to satisfy the dinosaur lover in your life!
One of our very favorite book series is the “How Do Dinosaurs…” by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. There are over 15 books and the series even includes holiday-themed ones. There are board books for the littles and paperbacks for older kids. The rhyming words and detailed illustrations make these books so fun to read. As a bonus, these are Scholastic Books so check your school book fair or scholastic flyer to snag some and help your child’s school at the same time.
Another book we are loving is “My Weird School Fast Facts: Dinosaurs, Dodos, and Woolly Mammoths” by Dan Gutman. This one gives you the chance to learn lots of crazy facts about dinosaurs and other extinct animals.
Trammel Fossil Park
Check out Trammel Fossil Park in Sharonville for a fossil-hunting expedition with your littles that is fun and safe. While there might not be any dinosaur fossils, your kids can pretend like they are real paleontologists searching for their next great discovery. Bring buckets and shovels and even a paintbrush if they really want to be authentic and brush off their finds. There are fossils everywhere and you can also take them home with you for even more hours of fun later!
Cincinnati Museum Center
Spend the day at the Cincinnati Museum Center checking out the Dinosaur Hall and other great exhibits. Seeing life-size dinosaur specimens and learning from interactive displays is sure to make for a great day with your crew.
Try these Fizzy Dino Eggs for a cool activity that combines dinosaurs with a science experiment. It is your standard baking soda and vinegar reaction with a dinosaur twist.
Make your own Dinosaur Fossils with salt dough. Salt dough is super simple to make and the kids can definitely be involved in the whole process. Add some dinosaur figures and you have the perfect art project for your little paleontologist. Once you bake their creations, you can paint them or even think about adding a couple holes before baking to turn them into a cool wall hanging for their bedroom.