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Clifford's Idea to Grow On: Be TruthfulClifford's Idea to Grow On: Be Truthful

Some of the best learning opportunities for children arise when they make truthful discoveries about themselves and the world around them. The following activities nurture:

  • science and discovery skills
  • language and literacy skills


It's true! Dinosaurs really did walk the earth millions of years ago and fascinating discoveries are still being made. For beginners, take your child on a prehistoric journey by using these ideas:

  • Read The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs by Joanna Cole (Scholastic).
  • Discuss words like paleontologist, predator, prey, fossil, extinct, carnivores (meat eaters), herbivores (plant eaters), and omnivores (plant and meat eaters).
  • Visit your local museum for the latest on dinosaur exhibitions.
  • Search online resources for age-appropriate references to dinosaurs and prehistoric life.


Engage your child in this fascinating era of prehistoric life by doing these fun activities:

  • Make a dinosaur book by cutting out images found in books, online, etc. Color, cut, glue, and organize the book into "Plant Eaters" (herbivores) and "Meat Eaters" (carnivores). As new discoveries are made by your child, keep adding to this unique book!
  • Make a prehistoric fossil by using art plaster. Spray a shallow tin pie pan with non-stick spray. Lay soda pop tab in the top area of the pan for hanging later. Pour plaster into pan. Make an impression of your child's hand or foot...just like the dinosaurs did millions of years ago. Use pencil to help your child autograph the wet plaster for a prehistorically fun fossil!

Storybook and Video SuggestionsSuggested Storybook and Video

Discover more about dinosaurs by reading and watching:
Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki (Harper Trophy)
VHS - The Magic School Bus: The Busasaurus (Scholastic)

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