Land of the Living Dinosaurs- West Midlands Safari Park
As the parents of dinosaur- obsessed young children, we have done our fair share of museums! Fortunately, we are interested enough in the topic ourselves to encourage it- but it is always great when dinosaur activities can be done outside in the fresh air, in a hands-on and practical way. This summer we visited West Midlands Safari Park. As well as the safari experience; meeting a wide variety of real life animals, both Big and Little enjoyed visiting the new attraction: ‘Land of the Living Dinosaurs’.
The park itself was great; lots to see and do, including ‘Boj world’ and a whole range of animals both on the safari drive and walking around the park, too. If was also great to see some life-size, moving dinosaur models when we got the the ‘Land of the living Doinosaurs’. What was also good about the experience was the interactive nature of the walk-through. There was chance to be a paleontologist, which Big loved, getting stuck in and thinking about which country in the world this type of dinosaur skeleton might be found in:
The model of a triceratops’ horn was really life-like. Little was practicing his growing vocabulary with words like ‘bumpy’, ‘smooth’, ‘lumpy’, ‘rough’ and ‘shiny’.
Little also enjoyed comparing the size of a stegosaurus’ brain to other creatures, tracing his finger around the image and being able to touch and feel the different ‘brains’.
This all meant that Land of the Living Dinosaurs was really practical and an all-round sensory experience. It also offered itself as a springboard for many further learning activities. The dinosaurs will definitely be making their way into our sand pit, tuff tray and bathtimes. The tracing activity was a great one for Little and I’ll be planning ways to put this into practice at home, as well. We’ve already been looking at comparing relative sizes, but doing this with regards to dinosaurs would be interesting, too. So many posibilities!
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