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Camp Wannalaffalotta: Digging for Dinosaurs

Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 20, 2009 @ 10:11 am In Camp Wannalaffalotta,Family Fun,Summertime | 3 Comments

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Today is the 40th anniversary of man’s walk on the moon. Check out last week’s Camp Wannalaffalotta [4] for all sorts of movies, books, and activities to share with your kids in honor of the lunar landing.

This week’s Camp W is Dino-themed. Dinosaurs seem to be every kid’s fascination. They’re pretend, but they’re real at the same time. My little guys have always been fascinated by them. Even when they’re not so little.

I realize that in making the following recommendations that there are differing views on the evolution/creationism/intelligent design question and that the debate enters the subject of dinosaurs. The resources I’ve listed below cover the range of opinions. Please use your good judgement as you decide which will be the best for your family. If you have a gem of a book or video, let us know in the comments.

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Here are some resources to

Get Reading!

Make library days a regular part of your summer. We usually choose one day of the week to make Library Day. Sometimes I’ll pack a sack lunch, then we can take our time, not hear rumbling tummies, and not succomb to fast food on the way home. Ask your children’s librarian to point you to the reference books, like A to Zoo [6]. Your library should have a whole section on books about books. These are directories, organized by age, theme, and author, to help you find books your children might be interested in. Teachers know about these books, but I’m not sure all parents do. This kind of resource will help you help your children choose good books.

Picture Books and Easy Readers
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? [7] by Jane Yolen
Dinosaur Roar [8] by Paul and Henrietta Stickland
Dinosaur Bob [9] by William Joyce
Sammy and the Dinosaurs [10] by Ian Whybrow

Nonfiction Books
What Happened to the Dinosaurs? [11] by Franklyn M. Branley
The Magic Schoolbus in the Time of the Dinosaurs [12] by Joanna Cole
Dinosaurs [13] by Will Osborne
The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible [14] by Paul S Taylor
How to Draw Dinosaurs [15]
Fossils Tell of Long Ago [16] by Aliki
Sabertooths and the Ice Age [17] by Mary Pope Osborne
Digging Up Dinosaurs [18] by Aliki

Chapter Books
Dinosaurs Before Dark [19] by Mary Pope Osborne

Get a Movie On!

Different families have different standards when it comes to movie viewing. Our standards may not be yours. Some of these are older and weren’t available in family review databases. Additionally, documentaries are often not rated. Please use discernment in choosing what your children will watch.

Night at the Museum [20]
Ice Age [21]
Ice Age: The Meltdown [22]
Jurassic Park [22]
Dinosaur [23]

Get Crafting and Playing!
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Get Cooking!

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It’s my hope that we will be on the road to joyful motherhood and that we’ll “laffalotta” this summer with our peeps.

Got a great DinoResource to share with us? Leave it in the comments!


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[25] these dinosaur party ideas: http://familyfun.go.com/parties/birthday/feature/famf0700bdayparty/famf0700bdayparty3.html

[26] a dinosaur diorama: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/activities/diorama/

[27] papier mache dinosaur bone: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/dinosaurs/dinobone/

[28] the dinosaur craft options: http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/animals/dinosaurs/

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[30] a Brontosaurus burger: http://stolenmomentscooking.com/bronto-burgers/

[31] Dinosaur Eggs: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/32/Dinosaur-Eggs80113.shtml

[32] Dinosaur Ice Cream sandwiches: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,169,145183-251200,00.html

[33] lots of fun dinorecipes: http://www.alphabet-soup.net/dir7/dinorecipe.html

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