Children Draw Long-necked Dinosaurs

When visiting schools to conduct our dinosaur and fossil themed workshops we often get told about the children’s favourite dinosaurs.  Meat-eaters such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor and Spinosaurus tend to be the most popular, but not too far behind come some of the iconic plant-eaters, especially the super-sized, long-necked giants like Apatosaurus, Brontosaurus, Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus.  It is a pleasure to receive pictures from children, who have taken the trouble to send in a drawing of their favourite dinosaur.

A Long-necked Dinosaur Drawing (Reception-aged Child)

A long-necked dinosaur drawing.

A drawing of a long-necked, green dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Extension Ideas Come from Dinosaur and Fossil Themed Workshops

During our dinosaur and fossil themed workshops, we take the opportunity to develop a number of ideas and activities that can be used as extensions to help support learning.  These extension ideas could involve a numeracy related activity, or have a literacy focus such as helping to develop the children’s vocabulary.  One of our favourites, is to propose a simple drawing activity which entails drawing a big long-necked prehistoric animal.  This dinosaur themed drawing exercise links to the expressive arts and design element of the curriculum, involving children exploring and playing using a wide range of materials and media.  This sort of activity encourages young learners to share their feelings, thoughts and ideas via a variety of art themed exercises.

Dinosaurs Laid Eggs – An Idea Reinforced Through a Drawing Activity

A dinosaur with its egg.

Dinosaurs laid eggs. Reinforcing learning via an art exercise.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above shows a drawing of a long-necked dinosaur (the technical name is Sauropodomorpha), the child has illustrated her drawing by including a picture of a dinosaur egg.  During our dinosaur workshop, we showed the class pieces of fossilised dinosaur eggshell and explained that as far as we know, dinosaurs laid eggs, just like their close relatives the birds.   An extension activity involving a drawing exercise has helped reinforce this aspect of the term topic – that dinosaurs laid eggs.

An Illustration of a Brachiosaurus

Papo Brachiosaurus dinosaur model.

The Papo Brachiosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Brachiosaurus “arm lizard”, is one of the most popular long-necked dinosaurs.  Children love the idea that a fully grown Brachiosaurus could see into the windows of a three-storey high building.  It’s all those amazing facts and figures, the budding palaeontologists seem to be able to absorb them like a sponge taking up water.

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