Curious Kids: Dinosaurs
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Did You Know?
Did you know that we drink the same water as dinosaurs? Learn more about dinosaurs, the water cycle, and other fun facts here!
Some books below may be eBooks or audiobooks. Ask a librarian or parent for help.
Dig for Chips!
Try this at home: be a kitchen paleontologist! Get a cookie with chips or nuts in it. Then, using only toothpicks or safe kitchen tools (ask a grownup!), try to dig the chips or nuts out of the cookie without damaging any. Not so easy!
How to Speak Like a Dinosaur
From BBC Earth. Think that dinosaurs made roaring sounds? Think again!
Junior Paleontologist Activity Booklet
From the National Park Service. This printable activity book has lots of puzzles, activities, and games about fossils, and loads of information. When finished, you qualify for a Junior Paleontologist Badge!
Layers of Time Fossil Game
From the American Museum of Natural History. Fossils appear in soil and rock layers over time. Can you put them in order? Try the different levels!
Letter Predator Game
Hurry! Spell out all of the secret words before the T-rex eats Triceratops! From National Geographic Kids.
From the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP). Even if you can’t guess the mystery fossil from its picture, there’s a lot to learn from checking the answer and looking at the archives (their previous mystery fossil images.)
PBS Kids - Dinosaurs Games
So many dinosaur-themed games to choose from.
Learn about dinosaurs with Ranger Rick!
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Rocks & Soil [DVD]
Bill unearths the hard facts of rocks and soil. Check out how to unearth fossils!
Extreme Dinosaurs [DVD]
Paleontologist Dr. Phillip Currie discovers two mass dinosaur graves and uncovers a new species of dinosaur that he believes was flesh-eating and hunted its prey in packs.
From DK, this is all about dinosaurs. The DK Eyewitness Dinosaur is also available in book format.
LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape [DVD]
Watch the battle between Indominus Rex and dinosaur trainer Owen Grady.
Planet Dinosaur [DVD]
Explore the lives of dinosaurs in this movie that includes a section on feathered dinosaurs.
Predator Dinosaurs [DVD]
Experts excavate the fossil of a giant sea creature known as "Predator X," which was discovered in the Polar Arctic in 2008.
Rockfinders: Hunt for Rocks, Minerals and Fossils! [DVD]
Learn the basics with host Max Orbit.
Celebrate National Fossil Day
See when the next National Fossil Day is and learn about why preserving fossils is important.
A listing of all types of fossils you can find in our area. Keep clicking until you reach the photos!
A full page of dinosaur facts from the San Diego Museum of Natural History.
First Look: The Smithsonian Builds a Dinosaur
This short film shows and describes construction of a dinosaur skeleton.
Fossil Collecting at Caesar Creek Lake
Check this page for information about what to do when you go fossil-hunting at Caesar Creek Lake. Here is a list of other sites around the state of Ohio, including a guide on how to properly identify samples you find.
Halls of Dinosaurs
From the American Museum of Natural History. There are two collections to view, the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs and the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs. Explore both by clicking on the name of a dinosaur to learn more.
From the American Museum of Natural History. Dozens of "Ology" pages about dinosaurs to keep you busy watching videos, and playing – even making your own dino stationery!
From UCMP. Paleoecology lets us learn about long-ago environments by studying plant fossils. (Click on "Next" or "More" when it appears, to see all the screens.) Also see Stories from the Fossil Record to explore how fossils are used to interpret the past.
What’s the Point?
From the Ohio Public Library Information Network. Paleontologists search for fossils, and sometimes find artifacts that help them date fossils in the same area. Have you found any Ohio flint arrowheads? This site will help you identify and date them!