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explorer sack dinosaurs galore The Explorer Sack contains activities and resources designed to be used with the children on the gallery in The Manchester Museum and encourages them to engage with the collection. Learning Opportunities Early Learning Learning Opportunities Goals KU2, CLL5 To find out about, and identify, some features of living things’ that lived long ago through exploring the prehistoric reptiles and dinosaurs on the gallery. KU1 CD3, CLL5 To ‘describe and respond to what they see and touch in a variety of ways’. CLL5/4 To enjoy using language to express descriptions, ideas, thoughts and feelings about the galleries and objects within the museum. MD9, KU1,CD3 To use all their senses to explore the size, shape, movement and sound of the dinosaurs. CLL3/4, CD4 To ‘listen with enjoyment and respond to stories’ and to ‘make up their own stories’ using props and puppets. PSE1 To be interested, excited and motivated to learn. CLL8 To be introduced to and explore the meaning and sounds of new words such as dinosaur, diplodocus, scales, claws. Resources 1. 1. “Dinosaur Galore” Book 6. 2. “Bumpus Rumpus Dinosaur Jumpus” Book 2. 3. “That’s not my dinosaur” Book 7. 4. Dinosaur trail 5. T-Rex Puppet 8. 3. 6. Plastic Dinosaurs (x8) 9. 7. Shaker 4. 5. 8. Dinosaur songs 10. 9. Colour paddles (x6) 10. Binoculars (x6) activities dinosaurs galore Explore the Vivarium, Play and Learn and Fossils galleries. 1.Explore Explore Follow the Museum trail to the Fossils Gallery. Go on a dinosaur hunt. Creep into the gallery and find the T. rex. Explore the Fossils Gallery and use the magnifying glasses and colour paddles to help. Follow the dinosaur trail. What did you see? 2.Story-time Read the story under the T. rex. Have they seen or can they find the dinosaurs from the story on the fossils gallery? Take the plastic dinosaurs to look around the gallery and find out something new. 3.How do dinosaurs move? Move like dinosaurs, big movements, small movements, walking on four legs, two legs, swimming. Can you match the movements to instruments in the sack. Sing one of the dinosaur songs on the gallery. 4.Dinosaurs today Explore the reptiles in the Vivarium. Dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles are now extinct, but why not look at the reptiles alive today. Compare the reptiles to the dinosaurs in the Fossils Gallery. 5. Play and Learn Go to the play and learn gallery use the plastic animals/puppet to retell the story. Respond to their experiences using the objects and tools on the gallery. Back In Your Setting Activity Description Story- Make a story about your trip to the museum, use photographs and children’s writing in the Telling story. Make dinosaur puppets to tell stories or dinosaur shadow puppet stories using an overhead projector. You could even make storybooks for the dinosaurs. They would have to be large books! Model Make 3D Dinosaur models using junk modelling, clay, plasticine and straws. Make Paper Making aeroplane Pterodactyls to fly outdoors. Fossils Make block/material prints to create a fossil effect. Create your own fossils using clay or baked dough. Create rubbings and explore the texture of these fossils. Use white straws/ paint on black paper to create skeleton pictures, these can be put in the dinosaur cave. Do a dinosaur dig outdoors. What will you find? Habitats Create a dinosaur habitat. This could be a large dinosaur world or a small world creation using natural resources eg mud, sand, ferns, bark. Provide boxes and natural resources for children to make their own mini-environments for the dinosaurs to play in. Create a dino- saur cave full of fossils with torches for the children to explore. Dinosaur Put on a dinosaur performance. Explore the dinosaur movements and sounds. Match their Show movement to different music and instruments. Make up a dinosaur rap.