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Dinosaur Gross Motor Movement Game Kids

This month on the Book Club Play Date series, we read and played the book Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton.  Our dinosaur movement game inspired tons of giggles and wiggles as we moved our way through this book with a gross motor activity!


Dinosaurumpus gross motor movement game for kids who love dinosaurs!


Dinosaur Gross Motor Movement Game for Kids

We've included affiliate links in this post for the book and items you'll need to create the DIY Dinosaur game.  

Have you read the book, Dinosaurumpus!?  This is a book that is sure to get the kids moving with it's loud and active rhymes as the dinosaurs dance an irresistible romp.  My kids couldn't help but move and groove as I read them the story.  We had to make a movement gross motor game to go along with the book!


Dinosaur movement game for kids. This gross motor game is based on Dinosaurumpus the book and is a great activity for auditory and visual recall in kids.

Make this game easily using our free printable for the game board.  We listed out the dinosaurs in the book and the actions they did.  These went onto a game spinner that I made on  card stock.  We used dinosaur figures for part of our movement game.  These ones are a great deal!


dinosaur movement game printabledinosaurumpus game printable


To play the dinosaur movement game:

First print out the free printable.  Make your game board and ensure the arrow spins using a
brass fastener.  Print your printable on card stock OR you can use regular printer paper for the game board, but the arrow won't spin as well. You may want to print the game spinner on paper and then glue to cardboard for more sturdiness during (active) play. 

One player hides the dinosaur figures around the room or outdoor play area.  

The first player spins the arrow and reads the action.  He or she then races off to find one of the hidden dinosaurs.  When she finds a dinosaur, she races back and performs the action.  There will be shakes, stomps, jumps, and TONS of giggles with this gross motor activity!


We loved this game activity for it's gross motor action.  It would be a great activity for rainy day fun or indoor play when the kids need to get the wiggles out.  Racing off and remembering the action they must perform requires a child to recall auditory and visual information necessary for so many functional skills.  



We hid the dinosaurs in all sorts of fun spaces in the house.


The dinosaurs in the book, Dinosaurumpus! move a lot!  Get ready for stomping, shaking, diving, dancing, running, jumping, twisting, and spinning!


My kids love any kind of scavenger hunt game and this one, with it's movement portion, was a HUGE hit!
Dinosaur gross motor movement game based on the book, Dinosaurumpus!

Stop by to see what the other bloggers in the Book Themed Play Dates have come up with for Dinosaurumpus!:

Dinosaur Swamp Snack from House of Burke
Dinosaur Small World from Craftulate
Triceratops Craft from Still Playing School
Dinosaur Busy Bag from Fun-a-Day
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DIY Beach Seashell Souvenir Idea

This Beach trip souvenir idea is a post we put together at the end of last summer.  We made these free DIY souvenirs while on our beach vacation and wanted to share the tip but decided to hold off until Spring (for us, many of our readers are heading into fall now!) After we returned from our vacation, we loved using our beach souvenir as a sensory bottle for calm down moments.  This is such an easy idea and uses a recycled bottle to bring home a little bit of beach trip memories. 

Easy beach souvenir idea for kids.

Beach souvenir idea for kids (free!)


While at the beach this summer, grab an empty plastic water bottle.  Fill with sand, but be sure to not fill completely.  Leave a few inches of space at the top.  Next, add little seashells from your beach-combing walks.  You'll want to find shells that are small enough to fit in the mouth of the water bottle.  

Beach Themed Sensory Bottle


Make a beach themed sensory bottle at the beach!


When you take the bottle souvenir home, use it as a sensory bottle!   What is a sensory bottle?  We use ours for calm down moments, relaxing, and visual perceptual skills.


Enjoy playing and remembering the memories of your beach vacation for long after!



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Fruit Pizza Recipe Cooking with Kids

 We are absolutely loving our cooking with kids series.  My kids love to get in the kitchen and cook with me.  (I think the end result of tasting the treats might be a minor motivation...)  Today's Cooking with Kids recipe was a huge hit and the perfect after school snack for a rainy day.  We made our own Fruit Mini- Pizza recipe with grapes for today's G is for Grapes post.  The kids decorated their own pizzas and gobbled up this snack!

Cooking with kids with mini fruit pizzas


This recipe is an easy one to throw together.  When a sweet treat is needed for parties or guests, this is the one for you.  Kids (and adults!) will love to snack on these mini fruit pizzas.  Set this up as a play date or school party activity and snack combined as the kids decorate their own mini sugar cookie pizzas with healthy fruit.

Mini Fruit Pizza Dessert

Mini fruit pizza recipe for cooking with kids.

To make this recipe, you'll need a few ingredients (I've included affiliate links for your convenience):

Sugar cookies cut into circles.  Use your favorite recipe or take a short cut and grab a tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough  from the store.   I made up a batch of my sugar cookie recipe with my daughter.  She is my special kitchen helper and loves to cook with me!


I had my little helper rolling dough...


And cutting circles.  TIP: Use a drinking glass with the edge dipped in flour for the perfect mini-pizza sized cookies!

Bake.



Prepare your fruit toppings.  To make the icing, mix together at high speed, one block of cream cheese and one cup of flour.  Slice strawberries and be sure to cut the grapes in half for children to prevent a choking hazard.  Kids can definitely help with this part.  Washing fruit is a great sensory experience as they clean the fruit without pressing too hard!  Little ones can use a safety knife to chop and slice fruit safely.


Ice the cookie pizzas.


Now is the fun part: decorating!  Make faces, shapes, or pile on that fruit.  My Little Guy (age 5) told me he made an AA BB CC pattern with his fruit.  This kid is too much!



We made a bunch of fruit mini pizzas and had a delicious after school snack and activity!

These mini fruit pizzas are fun for the kids to make.  This would make a great activity and snack for school parties or play dates.

Make a mini fruit pizza with sugar cookies.  SO good!

Make mini fruit pizzas with your kids as an after school snack!

Check out the other bloggers in the cooking with kids A-Z series and see what they've been making:
Frozen Fruit Yogurt Bites from Mum in the Mad House
Fruit Swords from Rainy Day Mum
Grape Poppers from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Grape Sparklers from Still Playing School

The rest of our cooking with kids A-Z recipes can be seen here:




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Experiments with Air Drag and Streamlined Shapes

Today's experiment with streamlined vehicles and shapes was a very fun way to learn about air drag!  My son loves anything with experiments or discovery, so this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activity was right up his alley.  We discovered why sports cars have pointed fronts and a little about how an object's shape affects it's movement with drag and airflow.  
Experiment with streamlined shapes and airflow to discover drag.  This is a fun STEM activity for kids!


Experimenting with Air Drag and Streamlined Vehicles




 We used just a few materials for this experiment (I'm including the affiliate links for your convenience.)
You'll need: 
Two identical toy cars.  We used ones similar to these.
colored cardstock, cut into rectangles
clear tape 
hair dryer 
foam board
stack of books
streamlined shapes vehicles and experiments with airflow and drag.

This is an easy STEM activity to set up.  Cut the cardstock into strips that are as wide as the cars.  You'll want the length to be a little longer than the cars, but even with the end.  I taped the edge of the cardstock rectangle to the front of each car, then bent one into a curved shape and the other into an right angle shape.  The cardstock is a good material for this experiment because it holds the curve and angled shapes well.  Regular paper will not work as well.  Finally, snip the edge of the cardstock so that it ends at the end of each car.

Prediction:  Ask your child their predictions!  What will the shapes do to the cars?  Will one shape go faster? Why?  What will happen when air is applied to the cars?  

Experimenting with streamlined shapes

Now comes the fun part: the streamlined shapes experiment!


Stack a few books and prop one end of the foam board up.  You can use any flat surface for this project, but the foam board was the right length and perfect for both cars to travel without sailing over the edge.  


First line each car up on the edge of the foam board.  This is a fun activity in itself; sending toy cars down planks and ramps is a great boredom buster! 

Experiment with force, but just tapping the cars down the ramp and pushing.  More force gives them more speed!  We noticed that both cars went down the ramp at the same time.   Be sure to push the cars over the edge of the ramp at exactly the same time.

Experiment with air flow, drag, and resistance with streamlined shapes

Next, we applied a source of air to the bottom of the ramp.  Turn on the hair dryer and aim the air toward the cars going down the ramp.  Now, the curved car went faster!  

What is happening?  The car with the streamlined shape travels faster because it's shape disturbs less of the air.  The car with the angular shape disturbs air as it travels.  This unstreamlined shape increases the force called drag and slows the car down.  

What is drag? Drag is air resistance caused by disturbances in the flow of air over an object.  This force slows down moving objects like the cars in our experiment.  

Have fun with your air flow experiments!  You might also like our Bernoulli's Principle air glider project: 


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