Her Ninsie Tracy recently gave Ladybug Girl the most adorable dinosaur from a handmade-art fair in Singapore. "Stompy" is her new favorite playmate and bedmate.
|Isn't it cute?|
Ladybug Girl has loved dinosaurs (and the color purple) since she was three years old. So in honor of her new pal, Stompy : I've rounded up our play time that followed this interest.
First, we started with books:
|This book started it all. It's great because it's not a fake-cartoony book but it doesn't kill you with detail.|
Then we made it real:
|I tucked these photos in the book, and she loves looking at them and identifying the dinosaur over and over again. She gets a kick out of seeing mommy and daddy with real fossils. |
(But she also keeps asking where she was.)
|We've gone to the Mind Museum six times since it opened because of this guy here. Never gets old.|
|We were lucky to catch this show during a Singapore visit.|
And now we play! Of course we had to make fossils of our own...
|... and so we made some last Halloween. |
These were plastic bugs in "amber" : clear gelatin with some yellow food color added.
|She was very bothered though, because she didn't want the ladybug to be trapped.|
We have a bag of expired coffee from two Christmases ago (yes, believe it), so I googled one day and found a super-easy recipe for making fossil impressions. We've now done this a couple of times.
|Coffee + Flour + Salt + Water|
|Press or roll out flat.|
|Punch out some circles|
|Make impressions. You can poke a hole with a straw before they dry to turn them into ornaments.|
|Let them dry 1.5 days.|
|I loved this one. (This was a happy meal toy)|
The day after we got Stompy, she brought out her dinosaur figures and drew a habitat for them.
She didn't want Stompy to be lonely.
I love it when Awesome Guy joins in.
But his "habitat" was a spaceship:
|And his dinosaurs were the Transformers Dino-bots: "Sludge. Snarl. Slag. Swoop. Grimlock."|
(I am very glad I have a daughter I can relate to. Big applause for moms with sons!)
|Here's our prehistoric habitat. Ladybug Girl drew the asteroid that may have wiped out the dinosaurs. Can you spot it?|
We also loved singing along to "Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs".
Then we sewed with a real needle and thread for the first time,
because of a particularly vigorous stomping session while racing cars and dinosaurs.
|Stompy is well-loved. Thanks Ninsie Tracy!|
I must admit I've fallen in love with dinosaurs myself now. How have you followed your child's interests? My sister is learning the abacus for my math-genius nephew.
Now that's love.