Two little girls recently told me that they don't like dinosaurs. I asked why and in both cases the answer was because they like fairies... huh, when did dinosaurs and fairies become mutually exclusive? Cakey likes fairies and dinosaurs, we do lots of fairy play but the dinosaur play has been dropping off lately so I thought up this fun activity.
Cakey repeatedly asks why dinosaurs are no longer alive so I thought we could have some fun experimenting with the different theories of extinction in a seriously messy way. If you hate messy play you will hate this.
I didn't tell the kids what I had planned so they were very excited...... first I got out our playdough and toy dinosaurs and asked them to create a dinosaur land on my trusty tray – green pastures, blue ocean, yellow sand, orange earth. The dinosaurs looked happy.
Next for a bit of climate change... we made some 'snow' by blending up ice. The kids took their bowls of snow and covered the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs got cold.
Now for some volcanic action... while the kids added some styrofoam volcanoes to our dinosaur land (could have just used playdough but I didn't think of that) I created a lava-like mixture of red food colouring, flour and water. Cakey poured it down the sides of the volcanoes, covering the dinosaurs underneath. The dinosaurs were buried.
Hmmm asteroid hit.... I placed a small pile of cocoa powder on the playdough and gave Cakey a ball. Boo and I stood well back as Cakey threw the ball into the cocoa to make a small cloud of brown dust to simulate an asteroid hitting the earth. This worked really well (but stay out of the way). The dinosaurs coughed.
To finish off, we flooded the dinosaurs by pouring copious amounts of water onto them. Poor dinosaurs!
This fun experiment then turned into messy play. Playdough, ice, lava, cocoa and water make for quite a mess!
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