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Dinosaur Resources


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We have a MAJOR dinosaur lover in this house!! Colin has been a complete and total dinosaur fan since he was about 1 1/2! We have studied them over and over and over. We have read just about every dinosaur book out there. We have TONS of toy dinosaurs strewn from end of the house to the other. We’ve put together wooden dino skeletons. You name it and we’ve probably done it. LOL BUT it’s been a little while since we’ve gotten into the nitty gritty of an actual dinosaur unit study and I figure its time has come.

If you’ve ever wondered what you get in a Magic School Bus Kit here’s a picture of the opened dinosaur kit.

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You get everything but the book up in the top left corner.

Here are a couple more pictures of Cailey and Colin using their kit.

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Gosh, they were SO TINY!!! We did this kit about 3 years ago!!! My goodness!!!

As always, I try to include resources for a variety of ages. All books can be found at your local library, on Amazon or Paperback Swap (you should really check out this link).

All printable resources are free unless marked with $$$.

Let me say that I am NOT affiliated in ANY way with ANY companies. I don’t get a dime for you clicking over to Amazon or Currclick or any other site. I am just trying to put together as many great resources as I can find to give you and me plenty of options. ;)

I’ve actually been asked to a few paid posts but since they were for products that I have never used I refused. I want y’all to be able to trust my opinion on products.

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One of our favorite series of dino books is written by Jane Yolen


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There are THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of great dinosaur books. Explore your local library! They are sure to have a great selection!



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Lapbook, Notebooking and Coloring Books – Homeschool Share

Notebooking Pages – The Crafty Classroom

Notebooking Pages and Unit Study – The Mommy Writer

Coloring Pack – 1+1+1=1

Coloring Pages – First-School

Coloring Pages – PBS Kids

Coloring Pages and Activities – Making Learning Fun

Coloring Pages and Crafts – DLTK-Kids

Coloring Pages and More – First Palette

Coloring Pages, Crafts and Lesson Plans – Crayola

Coloring Pages, Crafts and More – Nick Jr

Coloring Pages, Crafts, Worksheets and Activities – Activity Village

Coloring Pages, Info Sheets and Mural – Learning Page (Colin LOVED doing the mural!!!)

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Pre K Pack – 2 Teaching Mommies

Printable Activities – Prekinders

Printable Dino Models –

Printable Mask – Show Me

Worksheets – Homeschooling



Currclick Resources

Teachers Pay Teachers – Some Free



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50 + Dino Activities – 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Crafts – All Kids Network

Crafts – Danielle’s Place

Crafts – Totally Tots

Crafts and Activities – No Time for Flash Cards

Games, Videos and Field Guide – PBS Kids

Info – Kids Dig Dinosaurs

Info – The Paleontology Portal

Info – Rare Resources

Info – Science Kids

Info and Encyclopedia – Dinosaurs

Info and More – Natural History Museum

Info, Timeline, Maps and More – Kids Dinos

Info and Videos – BBC

Info and Videos – Squidoo

Interactive Info – Raymond M. Alf Museum 

Interactive Info and Games – Sheppard Software

Lesson Plans – Discovery Education

Montessori Unit – Living Montessori Now

Study Guide for Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House) – Squidoo

Videos for Kids – Squidoo

Virtual Dino Dig – National Museum of Natural History



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Dino Movies for Kids

Dinosaur Kits

Pinterest Board with tons of snack ideas!!


Netflix Movies 

Dinosaurs Alive! : IMAX

Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia: IMAX

Walking with Dinosaurs

Clash of the Dinosaurs

Age of Dinosaurs

Chased by Dinosaurs

National Geographic: Dinosaurs Unearthed

Dinosaur Train Episodes

Dinosaur Revolution

Danny the Dinosaur


There are lots more! LOL



I’ll be doing a fossil post soon!

OH! And my volcano resources would go great with the dino theme!!

Be sure to check out All My Homeschooling Resources!!!











DinoROAR Tutorial Part 2

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Today we do the raglan tee and vest!! YAY!! In case you missed it, the shorts were yesterday’s tutorial. 😉

What I Used

About 1/2 yard of plain blue knit

About 1/4 yard of the olive green knit

About 1/2 yard of the dino print

About 1/2 yard of blue cotton for the lining



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I took one of Colin’s shirts and folded the sleeves back to give me the wider angle of a raglan sleeve.



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Then I cut the neck. Both the back and the front of the shirt are exactly the same.

If you have ever made a peasant blouse this is VERY close!!! 😉

It looks like I forgot to take a picture of how to cut the sleeves. I am SOOO sorry!! Fibro fog strikes again!!

It’s really easy to do. Just fold over your fabric for the sleeves and place the shirt part over it. Be sure to cut the angle of the sleeve in and a curve around the top part for the neck.



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I found a picture of a dinosaur claw and printed it out to use as sort of a template for the applique.

Then I pinned the heck out of it! LOL Next, just zigzag all around the edges.



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Weird… the olive green looks brown… EWWW!!!

Anyway, pin the sleeve to the shirt, right sides together and sew the one side.



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Now attach the sleeves to the back of the shirt in the same way, right sides together.



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Pin up the sides of the shirt all the way from the bottom to the end of the sleeve and sew it all up.



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Now cut the neck!  I cut the piece 5 ” wide and long enough to go around the neck with a little left over.

Fold the piece in half and press.



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Pin the neck to the… ummm.. neck…. right sides together, and sew!

When you get the back, just pinch the ends and sew them together.




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I also hemmed the bottom of the shirt but no pics…. Just fold over by 1″ and sew!




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I decided to make a pattern piece for the vest so that all the pieces would be exactly the same.

All I did was trace a shirt that was folded in half and then added in the curve at the bottom and deepened the neck.



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You are going to have 6 pieces. 2 left sides, 1 main and 1 lining. 2 right sides, 1 main and 1 lining. 2 back pieces, 1 main and 1 lining.

Just follow the directions that I wrote on the pattern piece. 😉



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Pin the lining pieces to the main pieces, right sides together and sew them up, leaving the bottoms and the shoulders open.



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Turn the pieces right side out and press.

Then pin the front pieces to the back, right sides together and sew up the sides and the shoulders.



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Fold the bottom lining and bottom main in by about 1/2″ and press. Top stitch closed.



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You are ALLLLL DONE!!!

I thought about adding pockets, buttons and different things to the vest but in the end I liked it much better just the way it is. 😉


I hope that this was easy to follow and I apologize for the pictures I forgot to take. Sometimes I just so deeply involved in what I am doing I forget to stop and document it! LOL


As always, if you have ANY questions AT ALL just click the Contact Me button at the top of the page and send me an email or just ask me in the comments section! 😀





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If you’ve been following my blog then you know I have been sewing along with Project Run & Play this season. It is SOOOO much fun!! I have been using up my stash and challenging myself. This outfit was by far the most challenging and I definitely made the mistakes to prove it! LOL BUT I think it still turned out well. 😉 Colin LOVES it. He never asks to keep something on after pictures but this time he did. YAY!!!!!!

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I made 3 coordinating pieces – the denim shorts, the raglan tee and the vest. All 3 pieces have the dino print on them. 😉

It is SOOOO hard to get him to hold still and smile for the pictures! LOL He would rather be in motion.

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I printed out a dinosaur footprint to use as a guide in cutting the applique.

This is my very first raglan tee!! I found it to be very much like making a peasant blouse.

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Here are some more firsts!

First time working with denim (other than patching).

First time making inset pockets (without a pattern) and I think that next time I will cut the a bit bigger. They are functional but I think it would have looked better if more of the print was showing.

First time making a faux fly. That was soooo much easier than I thought it was going to be! LOL

I’ll be linking this up at Project Run & Play tomorrow! Be sure to go check out all of the other boy looks!! 😀

On Tuesday I will be putting up the tutorial!

I wonder if I can bribe him into letting me take more pics…. LOL


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