Dinosaurs tend to be interesting to many children. Teachers and parents both use dinosaurs themes for teaching, birthday parties, toys to play with, and decorations. Just in case you haven’t used the idea of a dinosaur for a pet, here’s a dinosaur pet idea for you!
Relating to their real world. Since children don’t have any live dinosaurs for pets, introduce this topic by talking with children about their pets they do have. Children can tell about their pets, what they do with them, what they eat, if they live indoors or outdoors, and if they do any tricks. You could write what they say on a large paper to keep on the wall. Now it’s time to introduce the idea of having a dinosaur for a pet at their home!
Make a class book. Each child will get their own paper. A prewritten introduction could be written on the top left hand corner (pre-reading) with something like:
“If I had a dinosaur as a pet, I’d….”
“I wish I had a dinosaur for a pet.
The dinosaur would live….
The dinosaur would eat….
I would teach my dinosaur to…
Tricks the dinosuar could do….”
Children can draw pictures to express their ideas. You, the adult can write their words about their pictures on the page. Some preschoolers may be interested in writing the word “dinosaur” themselves.
Take the opportunity to encourage children to expand on their ideas for their pet dinosaur. Ask open-ended questions like
“How will your dinosaur pet catch the ball with you?”
“What kind of food does your dinosaur pet eat?”
“How will you take the dinosaur to the beach with you? etc
Children can each contribute their Pet Dinosaur page to the class book. (For at home – each person in the family can make a page for a family book.) Put it together and keep it available for the children to read. It will be a well loved book!
A couple dinosaur books:
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs
Author: Hughes, Catherine D., National Geographic Children’s books, 2011
ISBN13 9781426308468, ISBN10 1426308469
My First Dinosaur Board Book
Author: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2004
Some of the learning that can occur:
dinosaur clip art is from www.mycutegraphics.com