Bones and Big Teeth - 10 to 14 August

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Day 5 - Bones and Big Teeth - Habitats

To end this week's dinosaur investigation we're thinking about where dinosaurs might have lived. We've learned that some dinosaurs lived in the water but that some also lived in nests. 

In Stirling They found a spiders web which they collected and used to build a nest. The end result of a mornings collecting is a nest with a roof, fit for a very small pteranodon!

Day 4 - Bones and Big Teeth -Skin

All week we've been leading our investigation into Bones and Big Teeth towards dinosaurs and today we had a closer look by asking just how big were these prehistoric creatures? We wanted you to try and find out by making your own dinosaurs.

Let's have a look at what you managed to come up with.

In Fife they have been searching for creatures in the nursery garden. They found a frog, lots of slugs, slaters, worms and spiders. We also found two types of eggs and wondered if they are slug eggs or spider eggs. The children then wanted to play with wild animals and dinosaur toys in the garden.

In Falkirk they had loads of dinosaur to play with and were busy making den's for them.

The nature explorers in Edinburgh were inspired by today's provocation and designed a few mythical creatures and a new type of a dinosaur.

Day 3 - Bones and Big Teeth - Feathers

Our investigation today is all about feathers. We started off by asking our nature detectives where feathers come from. The answer wasn't as straightforward as we initially thought. We know that birds have feathers because we can see them, examine the colours and watch birds use them when they fly, but we also learned that dinosaurs supposedly also had feathers. So our dinosaur enquiry wouldn't be complete without exploring this further. 

We set the task of going out to try and find some feathers. If you were able to we wanted to see if you were able to make a quill out of your feather. Here's how you got on:

These exemplary nature detectives have been out looking for clues and traces of different things that have gone before them. They found a slug trail, a pawprint in the concrete, tyre prints with different tread patterns, some bird poo and a feather, a chalk drawing by someone called Anna who had visited the park before us and a dog pawprint. Some happy detectives in Glasgow this morning

Meanwhile, the girls in Edinburgh went for a feather hunt and created the enchanted feather forest for magical creatures and fairies.

Day 2 - Bones and Big Teeth - Plant Eaters

Today we're investigating plant eaters. We've been thinking about who, or perhaps what, eats plants? We were wondering how we might be able to tell the difference between something that eats plants and something that eats meat. We've also been exploring the idea of where plant eaters might live. To investigate you've been heading outside to try and find some creatures who eat plants and to build a habitat suited to them.

In Stirling they were investigating plants that are also types of food. They were harvesting wheat and using their "mill" to turn it into flour. They were also exploring the garden and looking at all the types of food that were growing there. They were able to find peas, corn, gooseberries, carrots and beetroot!

Over in Edinburgh the children loved exploring the plant eaters topic. They made  a habitat for their plant eating animals and also made a watering hole for the "elephants". They found lots of evidence of animals eating the leaves using their magnifying glasses. They even discussed what carnivores, herbivores and omnivores like to eat!

Day 1 - Bones and Big Teeth - Footprints

We're beginning our enquiry into bones this week by asking the question, how do we know what was here before when we can't see it? Well to find out we're going to head out into the natural world to look for clues, hints and traces of animals and plants that have been close by and what they've been up to. You might have wanted to take a camera or a magnifying glass or to bring things home with you to look at under a microscope. Let's have a look at what you found.

In South Lanarkshire they really enjoyed looking for footprints in the woods. They saw car tracks, dog footprints and made our own footprints in the mud and puddles. They even found a stripy snail that - pretty cool!

The guys in Aberdeen were very excited about this weeks theme instantly thought of dinosaurs! They took their magnifying glasses and a measuring tape out to “look for mystery clues” and find footprints in the garden but could not find any so they made their own instead.

Some used tools from the mud kitchen to make marks in the ground, others jumped in the garden to try and make marks with their welly boots. These ones are made from salt dough, by making footprints with stones and toy dinosaurs and will turn into “fossils”. 

In East Ayrshire there was lots of fun to be had outdoors in search of footprints. Then they made their own play dough and made lots of prints themselves.

In Edinburgh they found some great muddy spots to look for footprints. They found some paw prints and a duck leaving prints as well. Then they tried to make their own footprints in the sand before finding a puddle and creating splashy, splodgy marks which they realised could be like a piece of transient art!

In Stirling they were making footprints with paint. First of all they were using their own feet to make prints with and then their dinosaurs had a go! They noticed that the dinosaurs also left tail prints on the paper.

Finally, in Glasgow they decided that they'd like to make their own traces this afternoon and they got the paints out and a big bit of card to make their marks on.



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