Dino's Hidden Past

Dino's Hidden Past craft

Kids adore dinosaurs. Add some science inquiry to this favorite topic and imagine what life looked like millions of years ago.

  • 1.

    Scientists have reconstructed dinosaurs' sizes and shapes from found bones, but they have no idea what they really looked like grazing in a field. What do you think their skin looked like? Were they colorful creatures?

  • 2.

    In what ways does an animal's skin help it to survive? Why is an elephant's skin so tough? Why do leopards have spots? Why is snake skin so smooth?

  • 3.

    Some dinosaurs needed to hide to escape their predators. Look at pictures of what scientists think the Earth looked like about 100 million years ago. What colors and textures would a dinosaur's skin need to blend into that landscape? To protect itself from harm?

  • 4.

    When you have enough information to make a scientific guess, draw your ideas using Crayola® Washable Markers and Crayola Crayons.

  • 5.

    Compare your dinosaur skin ideas to those of your friends.