Dinosaurs are some of the most fascinating creatures that have walked the earth and it's no surprise that children at some point take a special interest in them. All children, but especially boys, will often show an intense interest in dinosaurs. It stands to reason, as we know so very little about them and there are a mystery and amazement in how these fascinating prehistoric creatures lived and became extinct.
It's important for children to have interests and showing an interest in a subject like dinosaurs not only enhances their education and encourages discovery, learning and expanding their knowledge, but encourages imaginative thinking and play. Children will take an interest memorizing the names of dinosaurs, learning about their diet and their size. For example, learning about the largest and smallest dinosaurs that have been discovered and some of the many interesting facts that children will question.
Your child may not be an aspiring paleontologist, but it great that they have a subject that they can identify with. When your child shows an interest in a subject such as this, it's important to encourage them in every possible way that you can.
Below, kids will discuss some basic facts about dinosaurs:
1. The word "dinosaur" means "terrible lizard"
2. Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, in the time period that geologists call the Mesozoic Era. This ran from about 248 million years ago to 65 million years ago. It is made up of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods.
3. Some dinosaurs eat plants, and some eat meat.
4. Dinosaurs all had 4 limbs. Some walked on all fours but others walked on 2 legs and used the other 2 limbs as arms.
5. They all had tails. Some used them for balance, some as a weapon. The ankylosaur had two huge lumps of bone at the ends of their tails, which they swung at their enemies like a club.
6. The biggest dinosaurs were the plant-eating sauropods, such as the Brachiosaurus.
7. Dinosaurs laid eggs.
8. The fastest dinosaurs were probably "Ostrich-dinosaurs" and they could probably run at 70mph.
9. Some experts think the Tyrannosaurus Rex could run very fast indeed, others think it was not even as fast as a human sprinter.
10. The reptiles that lived in the sea or flew in the air were not really dinosaurs.
11. No one knows for sure what color dinosaurs were.
12. Most people think that the dinosaurs became extinct after a giant meteorite hit the earth 65 million years ago. Scientists found a huge crater under the sea off the coast of Mexico, which could be where it hit.
Dinosaurs are very interesting to learn about! We hope that you have enjoyed finding out all about types of dinosaurs. And if you want to become an instant dinosaur expert, check out our Dinosaur Pictures, which has all the facts and information you need to know.