Pretend Play Paleontologist

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Do you have any dinosaurs lying around?  One of our favorite games involves dinosaurs and digging.  We like to call it —  Paleontologist.  (Mostly because I think it’s such a cool word.  And, isn’t it amazing all the dinosaur names our kids already know?)

To play, simply bury the dinosaurs in the a sandbox or in the ground.  Then, your child can dig, shovel or scoop to find the prehistoric friend.  (Technically, it’s suppose to be bones, but I don’t often have bones lying around waiting to be buried.)

We use the bare patch in our lawn to dig – and yes, it’s hidious looking and someone could trip and sprain an ankle but . . . so far so good.  My four year old truely believes that if she digs long enough, she will find some bones.

(Recently, a 7 year old neighbor friend thought that was pretty awesome, too — I did admit that it was sort of pretend . . .

Dig away, friends!

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  1. Very cute idea! Reagan is now familiar with dinosaurs too since seeing “Walking with Dinosaurs”. You’ve given me a great reason to go out and buy her some to bury!

  2. Great idea! Amazing how many kids love dinosaurs. Still really fires my imagination too. Found some 185 million yr old fossils at the beach this year. I felt about 5 years old I got so excited!