when you mix a scientist who loves dinos along with little people who also love dinos
you get bursts of curiosity, awe, and excitement on both sides
especially when one the of the kinder mentioned
it was ‘from the jurrasic period’ and another asked if it was ‘an omnivore.’
“did you know that the stegosaurus lived further away from the t-rex than we are from the t-rex in time?”
today we took the dinos
out of their safety zone and into the snow
in the playhouse
down the slide
in the hollow log
in the sandbox
made footprints and snow angels
roamed on dinosaur island
went to a party
loved the snow
they all had a such a good time and were worn out.
“my son’s always showing me pictures of dinosaurs and asking me what their names are.
i don’t know, so i make stuff up:
that, son is a thesaurus.”
my class has recently become enamored with a giant box of dinos
they play with them every day
create wildly imaginative scenarios
ask questions about real dinos
reassure me that the ones in our room are not real
one day when playing, a child asked
“would they wear masks if they were alive now?”
another jumped up to say
“never, ever, ever, ever, try to put a mask on a t-rex!!!!”
and an instant class book was born
what a brilliant title
others jumped in to offer reasons why you shouldn’t try to mask one
brainstorming was in full swing
some became illustrators
it is a fascinating and funny work in progress.
dinos may have left the earth forever, but books will never die.
“stories are the common ground that allow people to connect, despite all our defenses and all our differences.”
kinders get ready to enter a ‘new/old world.’
“so many worlds,
so much to do,
so little done,
such things to be.”
-alfred lord tennyson
the dinos have had it
and it looks like
as seen in
this garden in town.
“climate is an angry beast
and we are poking at it with sticks.”
– wallace smith broecker – columbia university
photo credit: ann arbor townies, k. nyht
t-rex heads into the weekend with a broken claw, an avengers bandaid, and a few less teeth-
but still standing.
“you know, hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.”
― bill watterson – calvin and hobbes
when heading into the woods
two very different species
each will stop
in their tracks
size the other up.
“the dinosaur’s eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good,
an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better.”
the kinder team in action on the big dig,
in search of dinosaur bones.
some do the labor,
their dino artifacts go on display
for all to enjoy
in the playground museum.
the dinosaur’s eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good,
an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better.
– eric johnston