Welcome back to Pondering Playtime, my fortnightly series where I share a favourite picture book and a craft or play activity to go with it. This week, I’ve chosen That’s Not My Dinosaur by Fiona Watt.
A touchy-feely first reader, That’s Not My Dinosaur is a favourite in this house. Even B, at eleven months old, ‘reads’ this book independently, turning the pages and feeling the different textures. M is a big fan of dinosaurs at the moment, so she enjoys looking at it, too.
I didn’t really know what to call this activity! It started off as a simple shape matching activity. I bought a set of dinosaur sponges from Amazon, then used a sharpie to draw around them on some lining paper that I’d cut to fit the base of the tuff spot. M then used her reasoning skills to match up the dinosaur shapes with their outlines.
I had a feeling when I set up this activity, that M would want to get the paint out! Of course my suspicions were correct, but M took the idea a little further and made this a colour matching activity, too, as she insisted on matching the colour used for each dinosaur, to the colour of the sponge. This led to a lovely conversation about how the colour orange is made by mixing red and yellow together.
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I was pleasantly surprised by the level of reasoning that M employed when completing this task. She enjoyed ‘testing’ the outlines of the shapes to see if each dinosaur sponge would fit, before orientating each shape the correct way to make it fit the space.
M loves getting the paint out (I’m less of a fan, which is probably why it’s such an exciting occurrence for her when it does happen!) and was in her element bossing me about to pour out the different colours that she required. She enjoyed learning how to get the best print by loading the paint and pressing down on the sponges.
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