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Kids And Dinosaurs

The Kids About Toys Boys both had some Dental work done recently. The dentist they go to treats kids only, and the boys like him. Anyway, Gabriel, the three year old, was finished first, he came out still glassy eyed from the knock-out drugs, with a piece of gauze and string hanging from his mouth, I guess to insure he remembered to swallow.

In his hand were two little toy figures, prizes for being a good patient. I looked at one and said, that’s a strange looking bird. He says that’s not a bird, that’s a Pterodactyl, and this one is a Triceratops. Then, Sebastian joins us and he has two more Dinosaur toys as well. Holy Moley! I’m thinking, what is it with Kids and Dinosaurs?

The boys do speak as if they are authorities on the subject, telling me that Tyrannosaurus Rex, considered the king of all dinosaurs, was a carnivore, and that the Stegosaurus had a spiked tail, a small brain, and was a herbivore. I asked Sebastian what a herbivore is? His answer was: a herbivore is a veterinarian. I guess with all those big words he was using he could be excused for getting one wrong.

Are the Flintstones Responsible?

Thinking back, I’m wondering when did this all start? Was it the Flintstones and their pet Dino? Didn’t Fred and Barney use dinosaurs at the stone quarry as heavy equipment.

Maybe it was Land Before Time. You know, the kids dinosaur video, about a Brontosaurus, that joins up with four other dinosaurs and they all go on a trek to find the great valley. Gabriel has a plush toy he calls Littlefoot and it looks the same as the one in the cartoon. How about the Jurassic Park movies? Or, maybe, just maybe, it was Godzilla that ate Tokyo?

There is a program on PBS, The Dinosaur Train, the boys really like. It has stories about different dinosaurs, and there’s a paleontologist to explain where and how they lived.

The Boys Dig.

So, I really wasn’t surprised the other day, when I saw the boys with a little wooden chisel and mallet, chipping away at a block of clay. Whatchadoin I say. We’re digging’ for dinosaurs Gabriel says.

They’re playing with Diggin’ Up Dinos T-Rex toy from the Smithsonian they received as a gift. Sebastian says that if you chip and brush you will uncover the dinosaur that is inside the clay, just like if you were out digging, trying to find real dinosaur bones.

It is a little dusty as they chip, so, it is a good idea to have some newspaper down for easy clean up. The toy comes with safety goggles to protect their eyes if chipping gets a little wild. There is a brush for cleaning an area and as mentioned, the chisel and mallet.

The boys had a good time, you could hear them yell out each time they found something. I found the tail, or I found a foot. Their excitement was contagious. So, it does get Two Thumbs Up, go ahead and buy it, from The Kids About Toys Boys. I’m sure your kids will have just as much fun discovering, or should I say uncovering, what is buried in the clay.

As for the Dinosaurs.

I did some searching to make sure the boys were giving me good intel.

Did you know:

• There are 331 named dinosaurs, and that 89 of them roamed the U.S.

• They lived for a 160 million years and disappeared 65 million years ago.

• Birds are the only link to that time period.

• Yes, the Stegosaurus does have a spiked tail, and was a herbivore.

If you would like to do some dinosaur research for kids, start with Wikipedia.

To read more about, The Kids About Toys Boys, visit their website Kids About Toys

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Rohan Leo  

Great article and I am sure the attraction towards dinosaurs is a universal thing :) My son also has an affection with them and we live in South Africa :)

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  about 6 years ago
  

I think you're right. Isn't it refreshing seeing the world through the eyes of a kid.

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  about 6 years ago
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