Junior Paleontologists


This month’s theme for the Poppins Book Nook was When I Grow Up. Since my oldest wants to be a paleontologist, we picked dinosaurs for our focus this month.

usborne dinosaur books

Usborne Dinosaur Books

I bought two Usborne books from Marie & though she is no longer sponsoring these posts, I’d still like to give her a little shout out :). The first book I bought was See Inside the World of Dinosaurs. I absolutely adore the quality of these books. They are so well put together physically and the girls could spend hours peeking under all the flaps together. There are 8 different spreads covering the beginning of life in the ocean, early dinosaurs, giant dinosaurs, strange features, dino battles, extinction, and fossils. They are not Creationist (capital C) and are not young earth so if you have those prejudices, don’t buy this book. That being said, we loved it and its fun to see more than the standard dinosaurs we learned about in elementary school.


I also bought Usborne Preschool Activities Dinosaur Fun. This is a spiral hardcover with tabbed projects for different dinosaurs. The pages are a heavy cardstock and each project is an art project that is super simple and hands on. My artist daughter (6) and hand-on girl (3), loved it equally. We did 2 of the 11 projects. With a few of them, I wish they had provided a template to copy but c’est la vie.


We also bought The Great Dinosaur Search, a padded hardcover similar to 1001 Things to Spot in the Sea, but no one was interested in it. I already had a copy of Usborne Internet-Linked World Atlas of Dinosaurs and my youngest and I looked through that and I read pieces that seemed to interest her. It was a fun discussion!

Dinosaur Activities

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Junior Paleontologist

Since my oldest wants to be a paleontologist, the first thing I did was dig out the Toob I bought her on clearance a few years ago. It had 7 Dino skulls in it and frankly they were ugly. She wanted them so badly I gave in. The next thing I did was go to Home Depot & buy 14 bags of play sand. I promised Dino digs for the month but we hadn’t refilled the sandbox yet. $40 later we had sand and bones for a fossil excavation :).

I also purchased this tub of dinosaurs from Toys R Us I had been eying for months that happened to be on sale for $16. Score! They have spent hours in the sandbox with dinosaurs this month. Best money spent EVER!

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Dinosaur Art

We did several art projects from the Dinosaur Fun book and it was not nearly as messy as I’d feared. They were super simple and way better than anything I saw on Pinterest! Worth getting your hands on in my opinion.

Dinosaur Garden Field Trip

The month still isn’t over yet and I’m hoping to get over to Dinosaur Gardens. We have to go over to that side of the state soon and while its about an hour out of the way, I’d like to try going there. I’ve never been but when my little bro was in elementary school, my mom chaperoned a field trip there (which is a miracle itself). She said it was pretty neat so it’s always been on my list. If we make it, you’ll see a field trip Friday post about it!


That’s all we did this month and the kids had a blast. Honestly the Dino dig was the best idea ever. They are always out there.


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4 Comments on Future Paleontologists — Dinosaur Fun {Poppins Book Nook}

  1. Rebecca Ray
    8 September 2014 at 9:38 AM (9 years ago)

    That’s such a cool way to explore career fun! I think we’ve got a dinosaur book from Usborne that is similar 🙂


  2. Jill
    31 August 2014 at 6:18 PM (9 years ago)

    Dinosaurs are such a fun subject!
    I hope you make it to the Dinosaur Garden. I would love to hear all about it!

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!
    Jill´s last blog post ..Wee Little Ones Bible Study Series Lesson 6 with FREE Printable


    jen Reply:

    Thanks for the comment. We didn’t make it; it’s been moved to the wish list!


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