Meet MacGyver, obsessed with all things prehistoric. This pterodactyl costume was made during kindergarten homeschool recess. I had absolutely nothing to do with this creation.
I try to incorporate MacGyver’s interests into our homeschool curriculum as much as possible. Accordingly, all of our theme studies start with his interests. When January rolled around his kindergarten year, I gave him three study choices based on his current interests: the human body, our solar system or dinosaurs. I thought for sure he would select the human body. I threw in the study of dinosaurs at the last minute as he had just begun checking out dinosaur books from the library.
After much SERIOUS deliberation, MaGyver surprised me and picked dinosaurs. Little did I know that this dinosaur theme study would turn into an ongoing two year obsession. In this post, I will let MacGyver share his project ideas for a dinosaur theme study. Be prepared his ideas are endless and much more creative than anything I could dream-up.
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins and a set of Dinosaur fact cards by Creative Edge.
Why we love this book:
This book GIVEAWAY is in honor of MacGyver’s love for all things prehistoric. Steve Jenkins’ books are the perfect blend of art and nonfiction; two of MacGyvers favorite things. As usual, Jenkins’ collage art is intricate and very engaging. Each prehistoric creature is accompanied by a brief amount of text and the creatures’ measurements. And of course, the illustrations are actual size! This book lends itself well to art, science and math studies. Do not pass-up this book.
Kindergarten dinosaur display: MacGyver drew each part of the dinosaur skeleton and then assembled it into this 3-D dinosaur diorama. This would be considered a diorama, wouldn’t it? I’m not sure how he came up with this idea. Not from me!
Next, he assembled the dinosaur puzzle pieces into a complete dinosaur. He has made tons of these dinosaurs puzzles. Recently, a friend gave him craft foam sheets. He immediately cut these sheets into dinosaur body parts and assembled them into 3-D dinosaurs.
First grade actual size dinosaur measurement: Again, this was done just for fun during the summer prior to first grade. MacGyver researched the actual size of a dinosaur. Then he drew his dinosaur on poster board.
With a little help from Mommy, MacGyver marked off ten feet on the sidewalk to get an accurate measurement for his life-size dinosaur. We have measured many dinosaurs, big and little, inside and outside of our home.
First grade dinosaur sculpture. MacGyver uses Model Magic to create dinosaur “fossils” and also life like dinosaurs.
between two trees in our back yard.
Summer Art Class paper mache dinosaur sculpture: During the summer, MacGyver took a week long art class. Not surprising, he selected the week that focused on dinosaurs. The class put together dinosaur bodies using recycled items, like laundry detergent bottles and lids, Styrofoam and masking tape. Lots of masking tape! The paper mache body was painted with acrylic paints.
Summer School Art Class acrylic paints on canvas: The assignment was to paint a dinosaur in a prehistoric scene.
Second Grade acrylic paint on canvas: After finding an old canvas at Grandpa’s house, MacGyver painted another dinosaur in a prehistoric scene.
I could have posted at least 50 more dinosaur project photos. MacGyver has made dinosaurs out of everything from Wikki Stiks to a moving dinosaur out of K’NEX. I hope he’s given you just one new idea to add to your dinosaur study.
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We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins and a set of Dinosaur fact cards by Creative Edge.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What is your favorite prehistoric creature? Just joking, leave any comment and you’re entered! Just for the record, MacGyver’s answer would be compsognathus. Try to say that three times! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, January 20, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, January 21, 2011. Check back it might be you!
Tomorrow an amazing dinosaur field trip is coming your way!