Given the time of year you would be forgiven for thinking I meant Easter Egg but nope I’m talking dinosaurs!
The girls have a fascination at the moment with all things insects, bugs and dinosaurs so I am taking full advantage and visiting local museums etc in the hope of making some learning lessons too.
We visited Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens where they were hosting a dinosaur hunt, we had to walk around the ground floor level and spot posters with a picture and letter pointing us towards the final word.
Evie loved that she was following a trail and read all of the wording on the posters, I was very pleased with how she was doing and there were very few words I had to help her with (mainly the dino names!) Amelia was great at spotting the posters and jumped up and down with delight when she found the next one each time.
With 10 posters in total it took us a little over 30 minutes to finish the trail but I think this was down to the fact we spent a good 15 minutes wandering around the gardens. The girls loved the eggs, especially the broken ones and working out what kind of dinosaur escaped.
We loved seeing the actual dinosaurs too as they were spotted around the gardens with signs details what they were, whether they were meat eaters (carnivores) or plant eaters (herbivores) and what their names meant – Evie took a great interest in the fact some were named because of their spines or necks etc!
All around the walkway were fossils and footprints which the girls freaked out about when they first saw them. We pretended one had escaped and we had to track it down…
There was a walk way around the top of the gardens which gave us a birds eye view of what the forest would look like and although Evie freaked out a little at the height it really is a great way to view all of the fabulous plants and trees. The pond of Koi Carp was a point of interest for the girls but not because of the fish… because it housed an aligator and one of the girls favourite dinosaurs – the T Rex!
Since we came home we have soaked a dinosaur egg that is beginning to crack, its one of these grow your own dinos! Evie has been checking on it constantly and is researching everything she can about baby dinosaurs and what the appropriate name is for a baby dino!
I am so proud that the girls are excited about learning with me and that I can take them to places where we can focus in on teaching them what they want to find out about right now!