We’re bringing you two activities for today’s Survivor Challenge on Dinosaurs! The first is Hatching Dinosaurs and is fun one for our pre-k kiddos!
Supplies You’ll Need:
- Tiny Dinosaurs
- Citric Acid
- Olive Oil
- Food Dye
- Baking Soda
- Mixing Bowl
- Paper Towels
- Pour 1/2 a cup of baking soda into the mixing bowl. Add a few drops of the food dye and mix it until the baking soda is completely colored.
- Add 2 tablespoons of the citric acid to the mixing bowl and stir it so that it mixes into the baking soda.
- Next, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the mixture.
- Select a small dinosaur and place it in the bowl. Slowly pack the powder mixture around the dinosaur until it’s completely covered and looks like an egg.
- Once you’ve completed this step, set it out on a paper towel to dry out overnight. Be careful that it does not get disturbed. If it does, repack the mixture around the dinosaur.
- The next day the egg should be completely dry. When your child next takes a bath, have them dip the egg in the water and observe what happens.
For this activity, you need to print off the images below! Have your kiddo make a dinosaur using paper straws and marshmallows. There are some rules though! You’ll have to know the names of the dinosaurs below and learn two facts about them!
Stegosaurus – You pronounce their name ‘steg-uh-sawr-us’. The meaning of Stegosaurus is ‘roofed lizard’. Stegosaurus had brains the size of ping pong balls. They were herbivores – meaning they liked to eat plants!
Triceratops – The name ‘Triceratops’ comes from the Greek language, with ‘tri’ meaning three and ‘keratops’ meaning horned face. Triceratops lived in the late Cretaceous Period (around 65 million years ago). The Triceratops is one of the most easily recognizable dinosaurs due to its large body, unique frill, and three horns. It needed its three horns to try and protect itself from the Tyrannosaurus Rex which lived during the same time period. They were herbivores – meaning they liked to eat plants!
T-Rex– Tyrannosaurus’ comes from the Greek words meaning ‘tyrant lizard’, while the word ‘rex’ means ‘king’ in Latin. Tyrannosaurus rex is often abbreviated to T-Rex. Tyrannosaurus rex lived in an area of the Earth that now makes up western North America. They were carnivores – meaning they liked to eat meat (especially other dinosaurs).
Brachiosaurus – The name Brachiosaurus comes from Greek words meaning ‘arm’ and ‘lizard’. The name refers to the interesting nature of Brachiosaurus legs which were longer at the front than the back. Brachiosaurus lived in North America. The first fossils were found in the Colorado River of the United States of America in 1900. Elmer Riggs first described the giant dinosaur in 1903, calling it “the largest known dinosaur”. The Brachiosaurus had a long neck, a small head, and a relatively short tail compared to other Sauropods. The Brachiosaurus walked on all four legs. They were herbivores – meaning they liked to eat plants!
Fun fact – Dinosaurs that ate plants AND animals were called omnivores!