Thinking outside the box: DINOSAUR FUN!

Whether you already have a dinosaur sensory box to use, or you have your own toys that you can make work, here are some fun ideas to try at home. Get the kids outside, while the weather is fantastic! The aim to make frozen dinosaur eggs, and finding solutions to melt the ice and free the dinosaurs. What child does not like to play with water?

We learnt about temperatures, consistencies and buoyancy. Big words, but even bigger fun was had to try it out.

We emptied our dinosaur box contents and used the storage container, adding water and the baby dinosaurs in their plastic eggs. The kids experienced that the air-filled eggs floated, and when pushed down, it popped right up again.

Next they had to open the egg, practising fine motor skills.

Using pincer grip, the baby dinosaurs are placed back into the egg after playing in the water.

Test their problem-solving skills, allowing them to figure out how to fill the egg with water. Offer the solution after they have tried themselves. Both parts need to be submerged under water and then closed with the dinosaur inside it. Quite a challenge for little hands!

Once they have one egg filled, let them feel the difference in weight by holding one filled and one empty egg. Let them also test the buoyancy between the two. When they are done playing, put the filled eggs in the freezer. We left it overnight.

Frozen dinosaur eggs!

Next challenge was to remove the plastic egg outer.

They had to find a way to get to the dinosaur, using their problem-solving skills to melt the ice.

A spray bottle develops fine-motor skills.
A dropper practises pincer grip.
Developing imaginative play.

Adding to the temperature exercise, we packed stones in the sun to heat up. These would also serve as an alternative solution to melt the ice.

Melting ice on a warm stone.
Cooling down the stones in the water, practises bilateral integration, by using both hands to play in the container.

Imaginative open-ended play is always the preferred outcome. Creating a habitat for the dinosaurs develops midline crossing i.e. the child’s ability to cross over from the left to the right side of their bodies, which greatly affects reading and writing skills at a later stage.

Leave your items to dry in the sun, before storing away in your container with the rest of the contents. ENJOY!

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