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