Teach your children to sign “dinosaur”

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Hand Shape: flat “O” or “D” shape with right hand, left arm across chest area
Location: front of body
Tip: imitating how the head of a dinosaur moves when it walks
Action: bounce hand downward to the left in small movements

Video transcript: Dinosaur. D-I-N-O-S-A-U-R (spells out in sign). This is done with your left flat hand palm facing down and with your right “D” hand, take your elbow and place it on your left hand and wiggle it downward a little bit as though the Dinosaur is walking (shows sign). Dinosaur. A sample sentence for this might be “Wow! That dinosaur is big!” (signs sentence). I have also seen the sign like this (demonstrates sign) with the letter “D” and you take it down the back of the head. This of course represents the spikes on his head.

Not an every day word, dinosaur. So how can you teach something you don’t see or use but once in a blue moon? All I can say, is be creative. You could watch our blog video each day this week together. You could print off the free coloring sheet to do together. Each day you could do one of the activities on the free download; the dinosaur craft one day, the game the next, and the extra idea yet another day. You could download the Animal flash cards or the game and learn other animal signs.  Well, right there you have 4-5 days worth of free things to do with your signer to teach and reinforce you the sign. Take a photo of your child after he/she has colored the free download and post if on our Facebook page or send it to us so we can recognize your child. Have fun and enjoy signing “dinosaur”.

Have you ever been to a museum that had a giant dinosaur skeleton on display? You know the ever so famous T-Rex or the Triceratops. Imagine what they looked like before they were just a fossil in a museum. Research shows that there were over 700 different species of dinosaurs. Crazy! How many different dinosaurs can you think of?  While your thinking here are some-

Fun dinosaur facts:

• The dinosaur with the longest name was Micropachycephalosaurus meaning “tiny thick-headed lizard”. Its fossils have been found in China, and it was named in 1978 by the Chinese paleontologist Dong.
• The speediest dinosaurs were the ostrich mimic ornithomimids, such as Dromiceiomimus, which could probably run at speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour.
• The tallest dinosaurs were the Brachiosaurid group of sauropods. Their front legs were longer than the rear legs giving them a giraffe-like stance. This combined with their extremely long necks, which were held vertically, meant they could browse off the tallest trees. Brachiosaurus – the most well known of the group – was 13 metres tall. Sauroposeidon was massive and probably grew to 18.5 metres tall making it the tallest dinosaur.
• The longest dinosaur was Seismosaurus, which measured over 40 meters, as long as five double-decker buses. It was related to diplodocus, which for a long time held the honour.
• The smallest fully-grown fossil dinosaur is the little bird-hipped plant-eater like lesothosaurus, which was only the size of a chicken. Smaller fossilised examples have been found, but these are of baby dinosaurs.

*Fun facts provided by The Dinosaur Museum

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