This page contains information about resources we've used over the last six years-- Web pages, books, videos, toys, and so forth.
We wanted to know how other kids relate to dinosaurs, so we searched the Web for other sites put together by kids and their parents. Here's what we found. (Some of them are by adults, but they're still cool!)
Bobby has his own Web site about dinosaurs, with lots of
quizzes, puzzles, games, and kid pictures. His Mom helped him make it.
< http://members.aol.com/cahaston/index.htm >
This person loves raptors! (We're not sure how old he
< http://hometown.aol.com/bastet1888/myhomepage/collection.html >
OK, we know this guy isn't a kid! But, if you're serious
about toy dinosaurs, then be sure to visit his site!
< http://hometown.aol.com/rsknol/MainPage.html >
Here's the life story of a boy dinosaur lover who grew up to
become an adult dinosaur lover: < http://www.dinohunter.info/html/biography.htm
You can see his current artwork by following this link:
< http://www.dinohunter.info/ >
Know of any sites that belong here? Then please write!
If you give us permission, we'll share your e-mail (but not your full name!) with our other visitors.
|Ethan has always loved dinosaur books. We regularly get books
from both the children's and adults' sections of the library.
If you want reviews of lots of Children's
Books About Dinosaurs, go to this site from Online Class:
Below are our reviews of some of our favorite dinosaur fiction:
When Ethan was two or three, one of our favorite books was Patrick's Dinosaurs, by Carol Carrick (Houghton Mifflin Co, 1985):
It's about a young boy, Patrick, who visits a zoo with a dinosaur expert, his older brother, Hank. As they walk the zoo grounds looking at live animals, Hank keeps finding excuses to talk about his passion for the past. At the elephants, Hank talks about Brontosaurus. At the crocodiles, Hank talked about a supercroc, 40 feet long, with jaws twice as long as Patrick. As Hank talks, Patrick listens carefully and imagines Hank's giant beasts wandering through the zoo. The Brontosaurus towers above them, and the supercroc gobbles smaller crocodiles for lunch. Patrick's imagination almost gets the better of him as dinosaurs follow him home and almost eat him--until Hank reminds him that dinosaurs had been gone for 60 million years.
Patrick's Dinosaurs became the story of our life for six months or more, with Ethan playing both roles--expert Hank and imaginative Patrick.
The bathtub has long been one of our favorite dinosaur playgrounds. Dinosaur! by Peter Sis (Greenwillow Books, 2000) does a great job portraying a child's fantasy play in the bathtub -- and it does it without words.
When he was younger, Ethan's favorite dinosaur video was Land
Before Time from Universal Home Video. This Web site has information, games, and activities about the entire
< http://homevideo.universalstudios.com/lbt/ >
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) entry for the first Land
Before Time movie:
< http://us.imdb.com/Title?Land+Before+Time,+The+(1988) >
It includes plot summary and links to reviews. The sequels went right to video, so they aren't listed in IMDb. Older reviewers (and some young ones) generally aren't impressed with this movie -- but some younger reviewers either loved it or say that, as a child, it was one of their favorite movies.
Now, Ethan's favorite dinosaur videos are the Walking with
Dinosaurs series by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). I
consider these videos to be dinosaur docudramas--fictionalized, but based on
true stories. They dramatize stories of individual dinosaurs (or other
prehistoric animals) as they grow up, hunt for food, and try to raise families
of their own. Here's
the Walking with Dinosaurs Web site:
< http://www.bbc.co.uk/dinosaurs/ >
If you're an adult who likes fictional dinosaur films, be sure to check out Michael Delahoyde's exhaustive list:
< http://www.wsu.edu/~delahoyd/dinofilms.html >
There are more than a hundred films and videos listed, from 1913 to the present. Many are reviewed by the site's author. The reviews can be pretty brutal. (He doesn't like Land Before Time.) You may also want to visit the author's home page:
< http://www.wsu.edu/~delahoyd/dinosource.html >
Ethan's favorite dinosaur computer game is still The Magic School Bus Dinosaurs from Microsoft™.
|In this game, the Magic School Bus turns into a time machine, so kids can go back in time to explore seven important dinosaur sites from the Mesozoic era. Along the way, kids encounter dinosaurs in their native habitats and play dinosaur-related games. They visit Mongolia, Tanzania, Argentina, and Arizona to learn all about dinosaurs, as well as fossils, habitats, plant life and other reptiles. Ethan's favorite part: Printing out and collecting the dinosaur cards that are awarded as prizes for the many games included in the program.|
We also enjoyed Dinosaur
Adventure 3-D from Knowledge Adventure (which seems to have been absorbed by
another company). Ethan liked to play the many games and watch the dinosaur movies --
and he loved the printable workbook pages!
Ethan's favorite Web site!
< http://www.zoomdinosaurs.com/ >
|Here's how they describe themselves:
"Zoom Dinosaurs is a comprehensive on-line hypertext book about
dinosaurs. It is designed for students of all ages and levels of
comprehension. It has an easy-to-use structure that allows readers to
start at a basic level on each topic, and then to progress to much more
advanced information as desired, simply by clicking on links."
Ethan prints out loads of information from this Website -- working by himself -- even though he was just beginning to read. We punch holes in the pages, color the pictures, and save them in a loose-leaf notebook.
Data Files from the Natural History Museum in London, England.
< http://www.nhm.ac.uk/education/online/dinosaur_data_files.html >
Printable cards with the basic facts about more than 25 dinosaurs.
also from the Natural History Museum.
< http://flood.nhm.ac.uk/cgi-bin/dino/ >
This site has information about even more dinosaurs, arranged according to the countries where they have been discovered.
Dinosaur Games page
< http://www.dinofun.com/onlinegames/onlinegames.htm >
Includes Tic-Tac-aSaurus, Hang-a-Saurus, and more. Also, go here for access to more online games: < http://www.dinofun.com/internet.htm >
Room Online of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
< http://www.clpgh.org/cmnh/discovery/index.html >
Includes a game about Dinosaur Imposters, a Dinosaur Jumble game, riddles about dinosaur names, and a game where you try to match skulls with skeletons.
Great Valley of Fun from Universal Home Video.
< http://homevideo.universalstudios.com/lbt/greatvalley/index.html >
Five different online games, all related to the video series. Requires a current version of the Shockwave Plugin.
< http://www.rain.org/~philfear/download-a-dinosaur.html >
Designs for easy-to-make paper dinosaurs. Ready to print, or download for later printing.
World.com printable games
< http://www.dinosaurworld.com/games.html >
Coloring pages and word searches.
Theme page from Jeannie B's In Home Daycare.
< http://hometown.aol.com/jeanieb506/DINOSAURS.html >
Includes the words for dinosaur songs and ideas for dinosaur craft activities.
Our birthday-party themes always reflect Ethan's current interests. Here are some Web sites we use to help plan our parties.
Dinosaur Birthday Party Theme
World.com Dino-Kids Zone
< http://www.dinosaurworld.com/dinokids.html >
Dinosaur Facts, News and Events, Ask Dino-Man.
Facts and Fiction. From the United States Geological Survey.
< http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dinosaurs/ >
Includes answers to frequently asked questions regarding dinosaurs, and attempts to clear up popular misconceptions.
Channel Online: Dinosaur Guide.
< http://dsc.discovery.com/guides/dinosaur/dinosaur.html >
Follow the links to some really cool stuff!
< http://www.dinosaur.org >
Includes articles about recent fossil discoveries, other dinosaur news, and about the history of dinosaur movies. Also includes a book and toy store.
and Fossils from Australia's Museum Victoria.
From the home page: "This site presents a number of essays prepared by Museum Victoria scientists, together with education materials."
Lair has loads of information about dinosaurs and other ancient vertebrates:
< http://www.isgs.uiuc.edu/dinos/dinos_home.html >
Dino Russ works for the Geological Survey of our home state, Illinois. His efforts to find the first dinosaur fossils from Illinois are described on this page:
< http://www.isgs.uiuc.edu/dinos/illinois_dino.html >
University of California Museum of Paleontology Dinosaur Links
< http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/diapsids/dinolinks.html >
A great list of links, subdivided into many categories.
were at the center of Ethan's fantasy play when he was younger.
Here are some Web sites about toy plastic dinosaurs.
Collector Museum Really incredible! If
you're serious about toy dinosaurs, then be sure to visit this site!
< http://hometown.aol.com/rsknol/MainPage.html >
This virtual museum includes pictures of scores of dioramas which use scale model toys of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. The dioramas are organized by time period and major environment, and contain basic information about the animals and their world.
< http://www.prehistorictimes.com/ >
Home page for a magazine for collectors of dinosaur art, toys, and paraphernalia. (This link hasn't worked the last few times I tried it -- I hope they are still in business!)
The only existing photo of 3-year-old Ethan's dinosaur collection.
The Dino Farm
That's the name of both the Website and of the "real world" store in
South Pasadina, California.
< http://www.dinofarm.com/index.html >
They sell books, toys, build-your-own dinos, party favors, and "dino decor" (including chairs and lamps). The site includes photos of many of the major brands of plastic dinosaurs, including:
Carnegie Museum Collection by Safari, Inc.
Dinosaurs of China by Safari, Inc.
Schleich "Replica Saurus" Collection
Boston Museum of Science Collection by Battat
Bullyland Dinosaurs (and Prehistoric Mammals, too!)
The ReSaurus Collection
Billed as a "Prehistoric Giftshop," operated by the EXTINCTIONS Fossil
Company in Walsenburg, Colorado.
< http://www.dinostore.com/ >
They sell dinosaur fossils, books, replicas, toys, posters and fossil collecting equipment such as rock picks, chisels and pouches. The site includes small pictures of all the Carnegie dinosaurs.
of Nature.com Canada.
< http://www.elementsofnature.com/Html/vinyla.htm >
They call themselves a "Toy Store & More." Click on the Carnegie Dinosaurs option to see large photos of the complete collection!
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This page was created on August 17, 2002, and it was last updated on June 7, 2003.