Letting Kids Make Choices
I give my kids a voice, all three of the children know that they can…
We did our best to make as many trips this Summer Break as possible, sadly we didn’t make it to our normal spot at York Beach in Maine, but we did venture to the Atlantic Ocean via a State Park in Rye, NH before summer was over. Today, I wanted to take a moment to share with you our trip to the Montshire Museum of Science located in Norwich, VT because that was our final Summer Break trip. We got to meet A T-Rex Named Sue and learn how frogs see us, as well as how dinosaurs saw their world back in the day. It was a fun, learning experience for us all.
I have never seen a dinosaur this close up, actually I have never seen a dinosaur in my entire life except in books and on documentaries. I was in awe over this T-rex. It was huge and the pictures I took did not do it any justice. I guess this T-Rex Named Sue visits various science museums and is the largest most completely t-rex ever discovered! The measurements of A T-Rex Named Sue? 42 feet (12.8 m) long and 12 feet (3.66 m) high at the hip.
We were able to learn hands on about how the T-rex moved their body with displays and this device where you could place your arm in it and only move it based on how T-rex could have moved their arms.
The boys had a blast, I loved watching Aj really be intrigued with the dinosaur stuff, as he hasn’t ever shown a huge interest in dinosaurs in the past. It was always my youngest son who loved dinosaurs and honestly, he was the least interested in most of the dino stuff on display.
Shown above, are the boys who took turns looking into this dino head where you could see the world through the dinosaurs eyes, after all T-rex had their eyes in a specific place and so did other dinos, so their world looked much different than ours. It was fun discussing this with the boys, as they asked 100 questions about how the dinosaurs saw and loved explaining how the world looked to them when they peered inside of this device.
Something really cool, that we learned, and remember every day is this device shown above where it allowed you to see yourself as frogs see the world or see you. Basically if you stand still long enough, you disappear in the frogs eye. I love this, because we are hands on with frogs often as they venture onto our yard and now the boys have fun trying to be as still as still can be so the frogs don’t see them. This was something new for me to learn, I hadn’t a clue that if an object is still long enough that it disappears from the frogs vision completely. That is totally cool!
I say this was a fabulous way to end our Summer Break, it intrigued the kids to want to learn more and it was fun! A win-win.