I love books with an interactive element, it’s a great way to keep children’s interest and learn through practical activities. We were recently sent a dinosaur book from Tobar, with a make your own dinosaur skeleton activity attached. This was a perfect activity for Z (age 6)
The book has lots of factual information about dinosaurs on the inside, along with plenty of colourful pictures and on the front the pack of dinsaur bones is mounted, for you to use to create the skeleton.
The book also contains 7 dinosaur stencils at the back, so there is plenty to keep children entertained.
The dinosaur skeleton model was the activity that attracted Z’s attention straight away. This activity takes a fair amount of concentration for a 6 year old and has some fiddly bits to it but the instructions are very clear and all the pieces are numbered very specifically (every slot is numbered) so you can’t really go wrong as long as you read and follow the instructions properly.
Z and I did this together as a quiet activity before bedtime and completed the skeleton easily in the one sitting.
The pieces are made of cardboard, but they are plenty strong enough to last well when handled with care. I wouldn’t give this activity to my younger boys, as the pieces would be too small for them to attach properly. I would say 5.5-6 is the lower age limit, and that this activity could easily appeal to older boys too.
Here’s our model half way through, it stands up very well and started to take shape quickly.
Mr Z was very pleased with his final model, and it’s displayed on his bedroom shelf. After making the skeleton we looked through the book to compare our model to the different species of dinosaur and see which ones had similar features or different features, and talked about all of the pictures and facts in the book. Using the model really helped to engage Z and focus his attention on the topic.
Tobar have a variety of crafty and activity books ranging from £4.99-9.99. Other topics include: Juggling, Magic Tricks and Paper Planes.
Here are a few more fun dinosaur activities for kids we would like to share
- Dinosaur Ice Rescue Summer Activity
- Easy Paper Plate Dinosaur Craft
- Layered Hidden Dinosaur Soaps Recipe
- Dinosaur Colouring Pages for Kids
- The Good Dinosaur Colouring Pages
What do you think of our dinosaur? Let me know in the comments
Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
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