~Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing a DVD for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~
By now, you probably know that in preparation for my son starting kindergarten next year, I’ve been doing some homeschool preschool activities with him. I can’t even begin to tell you how far he’s come.
This week, I decided to take a nice little detour from our usual workbook and do something more entertaining. It’s important that at such a young age we make learning fun and intriguing, or the info isn’t going to be retained. So yesterday we spent the day working with dinosaurs.
We started our day of dinosaurs with some free Dino Dan printable activities. The set includes six printouts and engages children through coloring, working their way through mazes, exercising their seek and find skills, and more!
My favorite printable was the dot-to-dot T-Rex skull. My son loves dot-to-dot activities, but this one was challenging for him because it starts at number one and goes all the way up to 77.
My son hasn’t really learned counting past the teens, so it was a great learning activity for him. By the time he got to around the 50’s, he had gotten the hang of counting that high and it was fun to watch it click for him.
After a few of these activities, we watched Dino Dan: Dino Go Seek, one of the April releases from NCircle Entertainment. The DVD includes five different fun dinosaur stories and we learned a little about the Microraptor, Dromaeosaurus, Troodon, Kosmoceratops, Dracorex and other dinosaurs.
- Dino Go Seek
- Train of Dinos
- Robots & Dinos
- Dino Clash
- Dino Racing
My son’s favorite story was “Dino Go Seek,” where Trek played an indoor game of hide and seek with his friends and grandmother. Everyone hid, while Trek did the seeking. Along the way, Trek learned how Microraptor’s use various skills to stay hidden so as to avoid becoming prey.
Trek’s friends and grandmother were using some of the same exact skills in their game of hide and seek – from hiding is small, tight spaces, to moving around and not staying in one spot for too long. Needless to say, my son picked up a few hiding tips from the Microraptor for when he plays hide and seek with his friends!