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Dinosaurs

Jul 30, 2021

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Theme: Dinosaurs

Colour: Green and Silver

Shape: Circle and Triangle

Number: 1-10

What an exciting 2 weeks we have had, with a super awesome theme to get everyone even more excited!! Because who doesn’t love Dinosaurs!?! These Busy Bugs have non-stop stomped and roared their way through the classrooms and we have loved every second of it!

It is so incredible to hear how much these little people know about dinosaurs and it’s even more incredible to hear them perfectly pronounce some of the incredibly challenging dinosaur names! We have spoken about Herbivores and Carnivores, as well as all of the “basic” dinosaurs like T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptors, Pterodactyl and Brontosaurus. We have also delved a little deeper into the lesser known dinosaurs such as the Mosasaurus (who looks like a very big whale with huge teeth!), the Ankylosaurs (this dino had a spiky, almost turtle like shell on his back and spikes on his tail) and even the Pachycephalosaurus (packy-sefa-lo-saurus)- just in case you were wondering how to say that giant word!  (who had a giant “egg” shaped bubble on his head that was thought to be used to ram into things such and trees and bigger dinosaurs. We have loved watching the Bugs reactions to these incredible, extinct creatures and how they absorb everything that is said to them. We also learnt all about fossils, how they are formed and who the people who dig them up and study them are, another very big word, Paleontologist.

We did a Dino dig expedition by taking a trip to the sandpit and everyone had a chance to dig and uncover buried dinosaurs. How exciting!? We also had a super fun time digging up actual fossils that Christy-Lee brought us for her show and tell. Each Bug got a turn to use the hammer and chisel to chip away at pieces of stone, brush the dust off with a fossil brush and uncover what was buried in the sand. So much fun!

For our art activities over these 2 weeks, the Bugs made Dinosaurs stamped footprints where they had to walk the dinos through a tray of paint, and then walk them onto their piece of paper in different colours. They also made their “D is for Dinosaur” pictures, where we coloured the letter D and then stuck cut out shapes (triangles and circles) as spikes and a head on to create our very cute letter D is for dinosaurs. We also put our Bugs skills to the test, by giving them each a piece of paper and a dinosaur toy, and asked them to trace the shadow that the toy cast. They absolutely loved this activity! Last but not least, we made an AMAZING Dinosaur box construction piece. Each Bug got a turn to paint the part of the dinosaur then the teachers stacked it all together to make a huge dinosaur sculpture. His name is Terence!

We danced around to Dinosaur Stomp, Baby T-Rex and Walk The Dinosaur, as well as watched a few clips from the Jurassic Park/World movies (don’t worry, all the clips were age appropriate!)

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you next week for another exciting theme and the last week of Term 2!

Lots of love

The Busy Bugs Teachers and Assistants

Next week’s theme: Space

Next week’s show and tell: Everyone

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