DINOSAURS CAUSING HAVOC

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If you haven’t stumbled upon it already you really must check out Dinovember, I’m telling you, we all need a little bit of it in our lives, the concept is to feed the kids with a little imagination with dinosaurs, while they sleep you place the dinosaurs for them to discover when they awake, it’s a little bit of magic and a whole lot of fun…

Here’s some of the antics that our household dinosaurs have got up to!
They’re a bit pesky at times….

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We awoke to find they’d raided the sweetie tin…

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A mammoth task….with peer pressure & group influences kicking in it appears the larger dino’s have had a ball shaving off all mammoths hair, he is no longer wooly & I fear he would not survive an ice age….only time will tell.

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One night the Dino’s headed to the kitchen seemingly to cook up a feast & it appears that we have a good mix of both carnivores & herbivores nocturnally roaming free…

20140522-131950.jpgOur third night of Dinovember was rather fitting to the 9 year olds first attempt at shaving secretly in his bedroom & pays tribute to Movember.

20140522-132253.jpgTeenage protest…. Another night our dinosaurs were aimed at the teenagers in the house. As the protest was going on in the fridge it was hoped it would act as a prevention from it getting overly heated.

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It appears that last night those pesky dinosaurs got into the medical kit…. It looks like some of them may even be medically trained… Pesky creatures….

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One morning there were no dinosaurs. Instead we found this on the kitchen floor & an intact one within the box of eggs on the side…. It spelt trouble…..

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To try and avoid the ice age the Dino’s headed for the oven..

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We had’nt seen the dinosaurs for a couple of nights but they then returned with a ravenous attitude, thankfully the rhubarb pie I bought on the reduced section at Tesco was only 10p. Still, cheeky buggers though.

20140522-132915.jpgThe kids weren’t to impressed when they awoke to discover the dinosaurs had devoured their advent calendars..

20140522-133017.jpgThey even got into the nappy changing bag much to the delight of the toddler who discovered them..

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We awoke one morning to discover the dinosaurs had been up to no good & taken a shine to a box of chocolates…

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Once the dinosaurs in the house were I little bit influenced by our artistic goings on & got together to recreate their own views of our recent art attempts….those pesky dinosaurs!!

20140522-133516.jpgThose pesky dinosaurs were caught out again, and although i have to say their sun cream applying ability needs improving we’ve gotta give them credit for being sunshine sensible with a high factor!
A few days of decent sunshine & they think it’s Summer!

The dinosaur antics have been a great and magical addition to our family thanks to the inspiration from Dinovember & you can check out and join in the fun over on their fb page https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1411663649067953&ref=ts&fref=ts

FOSSIL HUNTING & DINOSAUR EGG ADVENTURE

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We decided to embark on a fossil excavating day at the beach. I made this magical by making a giant egg with plaster of Paris & a balloon for the kids to stumble upon.
We gathered together some excavating tools, a bucket containing a sieve, a paintbrush, some hammers and chisels and various tools for scraping, small paintbrushes, sticks and a plastic knife and headed to the beach…

Here’s how we got on…

The prep…

Whilst the kids slept I mixed some plaster of Paris and dipped baby wipes in it, I then coated two water filled balloons (to give the balloons weight and make them easier to work with) with the plaster soaked baby wipes leaving the knot exposed at the top, once dried I carefully cut the top off of the balloons and drained the water being careful not to wet the eggs and removed the balloons, I finished by dusting with a bit of black powder paint. I left the top open so the kids could see inside the egg and whatever had hatched out of it would be left to the imagination.

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We found a spot on a pebble beach and set up our excavation dig area…with cake

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The kids then headed off to explore and search for signs of fossils in the rocks..

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I secretly placed the dinosaur egg amongst the rocks ready for the kids to discover..

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We all set about hunting for fossils… Even Noah had a go..

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Then we found our first fossil and chipped and chiseled it out of the rock..

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Then the kids stumbled on the dinosaur egg!!!

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After much discussion about what could of been in the egg it was back to the dig!!!

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And there was lots to find..

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We cracked open a rock and found a huge fossil! It looked like a dinosaur poop!!

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But we think it was a prehistoric shell..

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With our loot excavated we spent the rest of the afternoon playing under the watchful eye of our prehistoric friends…

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Before gathering up our tools and heading home..

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PREHISTORIC ICE AGE MELTDOWN CHALLENGE

20140405-085822.jpgWe decided we were going to make our own prehistoric ice age scene and attempt to save our prehistoric friends from the big freeze.
We had lots of fun and messy play with a little scientific education thrown in…
Here’s how we got on.

I froze some dinosaurs in a bowl to make our ice age lake..

20140405-090042.jpgI froze some smaller dinosaurs in plastic eggs and once frozen I ran them under a little warm water to loosen then from the egg case.

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I placed our diplodocus into a water filled ziplock bag before placing it into the freezer, once frozen I ran it under warm water to mould the ice around him..

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I then placed all our iced induced dinosaurs into a tray surrounded by soil and leaves.

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We then collected some kitchen household items to use to try and thaw our prehistoric friends from the big freeze!

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We tried with ketchup, vinegar, salt, baking powder and lemon juice along with banging, scraping, chipping and bashing…

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Finally with a little warm water our dinosaurs began to slowly escape..

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AND THEN THEY WERE FREE!!!

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We had lots of fun experimenting…

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And made LOADS of mucky mud squelching prehistoric mess!!!

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PREHISTORIC TODDLER WORLD IN A BOX

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I decided that I wanted to make a dinosaur world for Noah…. So we started with a really big box… I cut a door at the end..

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Then I filled it with sand, dirt, leaves, rocks, some dinosaur stickers & finally DINOSAURS!!!

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And then I added Noah!

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At first he just looked…..

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Then he enter his prehistoric world

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