Has your preschooler been loving the mini dinosaur adventures every week? Wonderful! We love them, too! This week, we’re connecting science and art through a fun STEAM project with St. James Academy.

According to Scholastic, a Tyrannosaurus Rex’s footprint is about 2 feet wide. Cut a string to two feet wide and let your preschooler find other things around the house that are two feet wide… would their favorite book be bigger or smaller than a Tyrannosaurus Rex’s footprint? How about the dishwasher? Or the front door? Or their own foot?

Fossil footprints give us lots of clues about dinosaurs. Like skeletons, footprints can tell us about a dinosaur’s appearance and habits.  For example, when a scientist finds a deep set of tracks, that indicates that a dinosaur was heavy. What does it mean when there are lots of tracks together? That the dinosaur moved in herds!

The most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered is “Sue,” and she can be found at The Field Museum in Chicago. You can read more about Sue on the Field Museum website and even see photos of where she was excavated. (Your tech-savvy four-year-olds can also “tweet” her on Twitter!).

After you’ve taken a virtual field trip, grab the play dough for some hands-on fun! Today’s activity? Dino footprints!

Adventures in Preschool Learning: DINOSAURS!

ACTIVITY: DINO FOOTPRINTS

MATERIALS

Plastic Dinosaurs
Play Dough
Rolling Pin

INSTRUCTIONS

Using the rolling pin, roll out the play dough until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Then use your plastic dinosaur as a “stamp” to make footprints. Ask your child to use the footprints as clues to tell about their dinosaur. Deep dinosaur tracks in the play dough means that the dinosaur was heavy. Did their dinosaur travel in herds? Then make lots of footprints in once place!

Adventures in Preschool Learning: DINOSAURS! Adventures in Preschool Learning: DINOSAURS!

Get ready to RAWR like a dinosaur! Next week’s fun is all about movement…

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Experiential learning is a hallmark of the PreK program at St. James Academy. As an integrated part of St. James’ Program, PreK students have the opportunity to utilize and enjoy the benefits of an 89-acre campus. The program offers the added value of a Kindergarten-Grade Eight experience, which allows students to make connections across grade levels and engage in real-life experiences. Their PreK classes are designed based on the Reggio-Emilia philosophy, a child-centered educational approach that embraces open-ended questioning, project-based learning, and lots of movement. Students begin each day with movement and play while developing those important skills of sharing and caring about their peers. They enjoy circle time, projects, literature, outdoor play/nature explorations, snack and lunch, story time, and rest, and they  end each day with more movement. St. James Academy also understands the needs of an academic PreKindergarten program, so within the experiential, they are weaving the academic building blocks that all students need to succeed as they move into older grades. They also understand the variety of learning styles children bring and their approach differentiates for each child’s readiness. Each week is enhanced by a host of extracurricular offerings such as world language exploration, library, art, physical education, music, and chapel. Yearlong enriched experiences include assemblies, field trips, guest speakers, and participation in school-wide community service projects. LEARN MORE