Melting Ice: Discovering the Dinosaurs
This activity is useful to work on fine motor skills as well as to understand the phenomenon of melting ice. Children will have a lot of fun!
A silicone or ice cube mold
Tools to pour hot water on the ice (spoon, pipette, straw)
1-Put the water and dinosaurs in the molds. (Silicone or ice cubes)
2-Put in the freezer.
3-Once frozen, pour hot water over the molds using the tools.
Observe what happens.
Bonus: Ask your child what will happen when he/she runs the hot water over the ice. Towards the end of the activity, validate or correct your child's hypothesis based on the results obtained. You can also push the reflection a little further by broaching the subject of global warming. For example, if the temperature of the planet increases, what will be the consequences on the habitat of polar bears in the Arctic?
There are many ways to work on the 5 senses in children. For example, making sensory trays is an easy way to do it at home and where you can have fun using all kinds of elements (legumes, rice, sand or earth). You can also add objects that smell good or make noise.
We suggest a tray with small dinosaurs that you hide in "Kinetic" sand. You can use regular sand if you don't have "Kinetic" sand.
Kitchen utensils or craft tools such as a paint brush
1-Fill the sandbox with sand
2-Hide the dinosaurs in the sand
3-Ask the children to look for the dinosaurs using the utensils or craft tools.
4-Clean the dinosaurs with the paintbrush like a real paleontologist!
Bonus: each time the child finds a dinosaur, he/she can be asked to identify it and write it down on a piece of paper.
and write it down on a sheet of paper to increase the level of difficulty and to keep track of the experience.
A very interesting activity to explain what fossils are to children.
It can also be done with tree leaves or other plastic animals.
To make the salt dough:
1 cup of salt
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of warm water
Small dinosaur models or other (plastic)
1-Heat oven to 200°C
2- Place the parchment paper on the baking sheet
3- Mix all the ingredients until you get a firm dough
4- Separate the mixture into small portions
5- Flatten each ball
6- Place the dinosaur on the dough ball and press it down.
7- Bake the dough in the oven at 200°C for 3 hours, turning them over every