We had the Dinosaur Museum come to visit us at kinder this last week. Alice the presenter was very engaging and shared lots of facts and knowledge with us. The children sat on mats in the multi-purpose room, they showed a lot of interest and were actively contributing to discussion. We were very proud of them all!
Alice told the children she works at the Museum in Melbourne. That they collect lots of things like bugs, spiders, beetles, birds, lizards, fish, and lots more!
‘I have a grandma who lives in Carlton near the Museum’ said Marcus
Alice brought in some dinosaurs for us to identify
‘Triceratops’ identified Jiya
‘Tyrannosaurus Rex’ said Leo
‘Pterodactyl’ suggested Roxy
‘Brachiosaurus’ said Daniel
We learnt a lot of facts about dinosaurs through a visual story and talked about which dinosaurs were meat eaters (carnivores) and which were plant eaters (herbivores), and hypothesized what we thought they might have looked like. The children could later decorate their own Tarbosaurus’s back in the kinder room.
Alice brought in a large skeleton head which showcased Tarbosaurus’s large sharp teeth; we also looked at his large leg bones which were much longer than ours. We discovered it took five children to be as long as his calf and thigh bones!
The fossils on the table were very interesting and the children were able to have a guess about what the objects were. Olivia had leaves which had set in mud; Bea was holding an ‘Annamite’ and we thought it looked a lot like a snail. We were amazed that these objects still existed after all this time. Alice told us Palaeontologists study fossils found in the ground and their job is to put all the dinosaur bones back together like a big puzzle!
We will continue to discover the fascinating world of dinosaurs- their evolution, behaviour, habitats, and why they mysteriously disappeared. Our interest in the life cycle of frogs continues as well as a wide variety of open ended play based activities where the children can discover, explore and influence one-another’s learning and development.
What a great presentation- we did learn a lot!
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona
Extended Hours Team