Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dinosaurs on the Move

I was recently sent the book Dinosaurs on the Move through the Left to Write Book Club to check out. My boys are want into dinos so they were psyched to check it out. The pictures in the book are really beautiful, they have pictures that are in color and ones that the kids can color in. My boys were a little slow to warm up to the activity because of all the cutting. Once I did one with them, they spent the whole afternoon cutting the dinosaurs out and putting them together with the brads. They then decided to have a dinosaur zoo and made a whole scene with the dinosaurs and the name plates. I really loved that these figures inspired creativity and cooperation between my kids (ages 5 and 7). The figures were pretty easy to put together. I liked that ABC's on the back, it made it easier for my 5 year old who does not read to get his dino together. I bought small brads, I wished I had bigger ones so I could have just hole punched the dinos and they could have put the whole thing together themselves.  I must admit, I was just as happy to color, cut and assemble as my kids were. There was something very therapeutic about coloring in the pictures. Guess we really are never to old to color! My 2 year old sat with us and colored also so it ended up being a fun activity for all of us.  I am excited to hear how other book club members liked the other book in the series so I can decide if I am going to get the other one. My boys now have all the dinosaurs in a folder and do take them out and play with them. They have held up pretty well considering they are paper. I don't usually buy books like this because I feel like I end up throwing the stuff away. These kind of reminded me of the paper dolls that I had when I was little. They are something that you can end up playing with over and over again. 


Cathy Diez-Luckie said...

This is a craft book and involves lots of cutting! :D When we first started with the ancient history books, my boys used to cut off hands, heads, and other limbs, (they were really upset when they accidentally cut off a sword!) but we would just tape them back together and off they went! They were 6 then... now they are 9 and continue to play with them (and the dinosaurs).
We are hoping to come out with Famous Figures of the American Revolution, and Famous Figures of Medieval Times in 2011.

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