Plant-Eating Dinosaur’s Diet Exploration
Hey Guys, I have a review for you. I was sent 1000 Extreme and Extraordinary Dinosaur Facts by Discovery Kids, published by Parragon Books, a couple of months ago to review as part of a Book of the Month. (While I’m compensated for this, all opinions and activities for this book are my own.)
Let’s get into it. This book was a winner when I first opened it because it was dinosaurs, my girls are major dino heads. We cracked it open right away and they started to wow at the images and infographics. This book has some beautiful images, and the facts that are inserted in the images stand out but doesn’t take away from the pictures.
The page layouts of the 1000 facts in this book made it very exciting for my children. Every page had them engaged and asking me to read every fact.
The order of the book has a nice progression into the next chapter. We really loved the Fact File at the end of each chapter.
Once we stopped just looking at the book, we actually opened it and started to go through it. We are playing our way through this book one chapter at a time. One of the Chapters that we really had fun with was Chapter 4: Dinosaur Diets.
Dinosaur Digestion: Exploring Plant-Eating Dinosaur’s Diet
After we were done reading that chapter I took the time to create a few activities from the information that they were most intrigued with or what they had more questions with. With this chapter, my girls had more questions about the 9 Facts about gastroliths. (Gastroliths are large rocks that plant-eating dinosaurs ate that would grind up their food for them.) The question that my girls had, “How long does it take for a plant-eating dinosaur to digest their food?”
We decided it would be nice to make our own dinosaur stomach and see how long with would take for some rocks to grind leaves for digestion.
- 2-liter soda bottle or a wide mouth plastic bottle
- Kitchen scale
- Leaves, grass, sticks, and other plant matter
- 3-5 medium to large rocks
- Take some masking tape and tape around the bottle for a cut line.
- Cut the bottle under the tape to create top and bottom
- Now that we have our bottle prepped. I took my girls on a nature walk and that’s how we collected out leaves and rocks.
- Measure how much in plant matter you have collected
- Have your child place the leaves and rocks in the bottle.
- Take some tape and close the bottle
Let the kids shake the bottle and observe the rocks crushing the plant matter
At the end of the day, turn the bottle upside down in a dish and measure how much has been digested.
We did this for about a week. It was shaken well four times a day with some playing kick the bottle in-between. We found we digested about 6 grams daily. Then we tried another bottle with a whole lot of smaller rocks, and it digested about 2 daily.
This little experiment was fun and it helped them to see that plant-eating dinosaurs did a lot of walking to digest their food.
We have had lots of fun with this 1000 Extreme & Extraordinary Dinosaur Facts book. It has been great at lending a hand in coming up with activities for my girls. We are not done playing through it yet and when we are done I can’t wait to look back and see all that we learned from this book.
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