So what is behind kids’ fascination with dinosaurs? Freelance writer and book author Bob Strauss pondered this question for About.com and came up with some pretty good explanations:
• Kids like dinosaurs because the huge, dangerous creatures are extinct, so kids know that dinosaurs are not a threat.
• Dinosaurs are also role models for kids because dinosaurs are big and nobody tells them what to do -- the exact opposite of a kid, who is small and always being told how to behave.
• Kids like the size and scope of dinosaur skeletons, definitely a cool factor!
• Kids like the possibility that, like Matt Larson, a paleontologist for the Black Hills Institute of Geologic Research, they too might be able to someday discover dinosaur fossils -- as he did just this summer in the plains of northeast Wyoming!
As Dino Dan comes up with a dino question or experiment to test his theories, he’s also teaching kids about science. If his first theory proves false, Dan comes up with a partial answer or discovers new information to help him resolve the question. Then Dan discovers a new way of tackling the experiment and the problem is resolved. And since the dinosaurs in Dino Dan don’t speak, high-five, or use deductive reasoning, Dan and his pals work with the dinos’ instincts as part of their scientific method for proving theories.
http://dinodan.com/ to enjoy a number of fun and engaging online games, including an interactive Dig Site, fun Dino Facts, information about Dino Dan’s friends and even download Dino Dan apps. Dino Dan fans can also visit the Dino Dan Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dinodantv.
Nick Jr. also has a Dino Dan website, www.nickjr.com/dino-dan/, offering everything to entertain your budding paleontologists, including downloadable prehistoric printables for coloring to engaging dinosaur games and crafty Cretaceous creations, including instructions for creating your own dino 3D mobile, a Dino Dan’s dinosaur nest and even Dino Dan binoculars. The Nick Jr. site also has recipes for fun Mesozoic Meals like giant dinosaur track cookies. There’s even a dinosaur Fun Facts for Parents, which includes a pronunciation guide for dinosaur names like Euoplocephalus!
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