Yes, we are all confined! Let’s not let this be a negative in our lives. There are so many things to do in our homes and in our minds. This time is a defining part in our lives. Do we really need some of those…
Do you have a child in your life that has grown to love dinosaurs more than you ever imagined?
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would come to a point where I would be able to name more than one kind of dinosaur, let alone know interesting facts about them. Since I started nannying, it has become a favorite topic to talk and read about with little boys.
There is such an importance in paying attention to what your kids hear and read in books. Fiction and non-fiction books are an easy way for your children to know if it is real or fake. When you have a non-fiction book it is important to make sure that your kids understand what is fact vs. fiction. Especially when it comes to dinosaurs!
With most dinosaur books, the wall you hit almost every time, is the “millions and billions of years”. To those of us that have had the Bible as our foundation, we know that its not millions and billions of years but closer to 6,000 years. Let me encourage you to explain it to your kids if they are older. If they are younger, just replace the words “millions and billions” with “thousands” as you read the books.
Lets get to the good part of this blog post. THE BOOKS!
Here are two of my favorite books that I have come to read and use on a weekly basis.
Dinosaurs: For Little Kids
To be honest, I cannot say enough about this book. I bought it the last time I was in Kentucky and have almost read it every week since then. This book has a great way of teaching each Dinosaur lover who created dinosaurs, what happened to them and what they were called years ago. Toward the end of the book, Ken Ham even explains that Dinosaurs are now extinct because of sin and human kind. It’s a Kids Story book packed with biblical information but palatable for your child to wrap their head around what happened to dinosaurs.
Side Note: This book is a favorite and a subtle way to present the gospel and I took Ken Hams advice to purchase a copy to place in our towns library.
This book doesn’t have a story line in any form. It’s just the name of each animal (exactly how the cover looks). If your child has a lot of dinosaur figures, this book is great for them to search in the book for the ones that they have. I love using this book with the little boy that I watch. We also have flash cards that have dinosaur names and facts on the back. He matches them with others in the book. This is definitely a tool.
Usborne have a lot of dinosaur books, but you have to be careful when it comes to their dinosaur books. They definitely emphasize the millions, billions, and trillions of years. The one pictured above does not promote evolutionary ideas.
“199 Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals” is a cardboard book so you will get your monies worth.
This is a great indoor craft to do with your kids! Kids will definitely need an adult’s help with this. It’s super fun though, so be willing to help them and go all- out on this! We even did glitter!! That’s a nasty word when toddlers are involved if you ask me! haha 😬
My girls were still in their pj’s when we did this so you’ll have to excuse their appearance! Ha! Also, the fire went out at the house the night before so the house was a whopping 55 degrees so we all were wearing layers of clothes (Matching or not) while I was trying to get the fire going again! Ha!
Things you’ll need:
○ Toilet paper rolls (or paper towel rolls)
○Paint and paint brushes (optional)
○Glitter, ribbon, or other accessories. (optional)
Start by measuring each TP roll into 1/2″ sections. Cut along lines. That’s about all the prep work that is involed with this. You can literally glue them together any way you want! Each one we made was different. 6 pieces glued together made a nice even looking snowflake.
Just a little reality picture. (You’re welcome!) They’re not really paying much attention at this point. Charity was no longer interested in doing her own thing either so she was on the table…..and quiet! (as opposed to yelling on the floor because she can’t see whats going on! Ha!)
I let the girls paint them. I thought the white paint would make them look more like snowflakes. The “undone” look about them turned out really cute and rustic in my opinion. The girls did such a good job with this. This was their favorite part by far!
We also dabbed some glue on then dipped this in glitter. I’m sorry, but I didn’t photograph this part. Glitter is a bit hands-on! lol Then I glued a little flower embellishment I had from some scrap booking supplies. I also made some little bows I glued on 2 of them. Just little things to spruce them up a bit!
I put some fishing string on these and hung them going up along my banister. I think they turned out beautiful and the girls are super proud of them! 🙂
Take a moment to pin this! 👇🏻
Yes, it does have to do with the male species but not with my relationship status. By the end of this year, 4 more boys will be calling me Aunt Danielle.
You know my sister Michelle is having a baby! If you don’t, go and watch their cute video. Also, one of my closest friends are having a baby boy and I am Aunt Danielle to the little guy. For the grand finale (drum roll, please.) I am taking a new job! I am officially a nanny for two little boys!
Every year in May, I take time to reminisce. This year, I started cleaning for the 11th year. I know that that isn’t a long time, but when you are 23 years old, that is half of your life. With 10 years in one job, I decided to change it up some. I am putting down my full time cleaning tools and picking up a bottle and some dinosaurs. The excitement and the extreme terror of being responsible for children (outside of my immediate family) is a little overwhelming right now, but I am ready.
I have some ideas that I hope to share with you. There are definitely some adventures ahead. To those of you who love cleaning hacks, I am working on a blog post. It is to be for those I have cleaned for for the past few years, but I figured you would enjoy some tips and tricks.
Have a great day Y’all. Be intentional with the days that you have.