Dinosaur Body Structure Activity — Marshmallows, Straws and Skewers

We came across a wonderful idea here at U.C. Berkley: The Dinosaur Body to learn more about body structure and how dinosaurs had to be perfectly balanced to stand and move.  I read the paragraphs about the importance of balance and had the kids balance a ruler on their fingers and then add a light head and a heavy head (the heavy head made the ruler tip over and you can see the “head” falling off.  They roared at that!!)

From there we went on to do the marshmallow activity.  Of course, anything involving something so yummy is sure to be a hit, but believe it or not, they really learned a lot about how difficult it was to balance the head with the body.  And we all worked together to build a T-Rex… the kids understand how truly important the dinosaur tail was in achieving balance.

This is DD’s Marshmallow Dinosaur

Here is LD’s dinosaur:

And in the end we were able to make a T-Rex of sorts!!

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Be sure to check out our Dinosaur Packet: Dinosaur Packet for 3-7 Year Olds – Dinosaur Lapbook, Montessori Cards and More!

DinosaurPacket-Lapbook-MontessoriCards-MoreThat’s about it for today!  See you again soon here or over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page!  Don’t forget to Subscribe to our Homeschool Den Newsletter. ~Liesl

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8 Responses

  1. Really cool works!! I especially like the T-Rex. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Really cool works!! I especially like the T-Rex. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Beach Mama says:

    Great idea! My son will love this!

  4. Beach Mama says:

    Great idea! My son will love this!

  5. Kylie says:

    Oh ys great idea! We've used these for geodesic designs but never thought to creat other structures from them as well!!

  6. Kylie says:

    Oh ys great idea! We've used these for geodesic designs but never thought to creat other structures from them as well!!

  7. Nicole says:

    Love this idea! My dino-loving son would gobble this up – literally. ;)

  8. Nicole says:

    Love this idea! My dino-loving son would gobble this up – literally. ;)

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