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Today’s Messy Monday had an extra twist due to the children’s current interest in all things dinosaur. We read and acted out the story Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton to get us in a “dinosaurumpusy” mood and afterwards talked about looking for dinosaurs. We told the children that there were dinosaurs ready to be discovered in a variety of places in the playground  including a swamp and some polar ice caps and sent them on a journey of discovery.

Hmmmm, puzzled at first, it wasn’t long before some children found a green goopy swamp with a variety of dinosaurs ready to be dug out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other dinosaur detectives went in search of polar ice caps and what was hidden inside them. They were a bit hard to find but once located, our intrepid paelentologists found it requires lots of patience and fine motor strength to dig dinosaurs out of the ice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Success at last!

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make the ice, some coffee and sugar were dissolved in water and a thin layer of this mixture was frozen.  Next the dinosaurs were added with another layer of the coffee and sugar mixture poured on top. We used spoons and paddle pop sticks as tools.

Under the trees, dinosaurs were being pressed into playdough to create fossil stamps for printing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On top of the climbing frame a dinosaurumpus was happening, with the children stomping and clomping the dinosaur feet, claws and horns they had made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice, paint, goop and masking tape, along with our usual bubbles etc. make for another Messy Monday full of fun and learning.

Learning Statements –

Social and Personal Learning

Fine Motor Skills

Imagining and Responding

Investigating Environments

Thinking

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Comments on: "Messy Monday and Dinosaurs" (4)

  1. I’m a Kindergarten teacher in Tasmania and I have to say, since finding your blog by accident on Saturday evening I’ve never felt so inspired and motivated in a long time. The learning experiences your children are involved in ties very closely to my personal beliefs of early childhood education but it’s unfortunately not a commonly accepted practise to just go with the flow of the children and I often feel like I should be more structured but this blog is definitely speaking to me. I’ve been gradually introducing more and more inquiry/investigative play in my classroom this year and I’m all ready to take it even further now with this as my inspiration 🙂 I know good things come from children’s innate curiosity and it’s so great to see someone else so passionate about this :)Thank you!

  2. Loving your blog 🙂
    I borrowed your dinosaur feet today for our activity time as we’re looking at dinosaurs this term but we added some claws – kids loved it.
    Question about the frozen dinosaurs – did you use the coffee just for dirt colour or does it make the ice softer? We were going to dig chocolate chips out of biscuits when looking for remains but your idea will be much more fun me thinks.

  3. Loving your blog 🙂
    I borrowed your dinosaur feet today for our activity time as we’re looking at dinosaurs this term but we added some claws – kids loved it.
    Question about the frozen dinosaurs – did you use the coffee just for dirt colour or does it make the ice softer? We were going to dig chocolate chips out of biscuits when looking for remains but your idea will be much more fun me thinks.
    Thanks

  4. Hi Nicole
    I used the coffee to give the ice its dirt colour and the sugar was for making the ice softer and both were very effective. Have fun with your dinosaur dig.

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