Developed by: Bluemarker
A humorous story about a grocery trip gone awry, we love this app for its unexpected interactions and animations, its text design, and the laughs it is responsible for.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- A Dino’s Dozen. Help your child count how many eggs come in a standard carton. Teach them that this is a “dozen.” What else can you buy in quantities of a dozen? How many would two dozen be? Three?
- Title Talk. What does your child think Dino-Store will be about based on the title? Jot down a couple of notes, and after the story, if their guess was very different than the original, encourage them to write and illustrate their own version of Dino-Store!
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Backstory. Dinosaur eggs in the grocery store?! Have your child imagine how they might have arrived there. Can they extend the story backwards in time? This activity promotes creative thinking, literacy, and problem solving.
- Policy. Ask your child: What is a store policy? What is a receipt and why would having one make a difference? Tell your child to pay close attention to the illustrations towards the end of the story—how does the store policy change? What other types of stores or organizations have policies? Think about schools, libraries, etc. The next time you purchase something at the grocery store, save your receipt and go through it with your child to help them understand and learn about this useful practice and why saving (and checking!) receipts can be helpful.
- Dino Skills. The baby dinosaurs are busy at the store when Leo and his father return for groceries. Have your child to imagine what types of activities the dinosaurs do in addition to the ones described in the story and depicted in the illustrations. What types of activities take place at a grocery store? What do they think the dinosaurs might be really good at? Are there activities they think the dinos might find challenging? How come?
Extend the app experience with a real life activity.
- Dino Dig. While the dinosaurs in this story were living, children are more likely to come across dinosaurs in fossil form these days. Create a dinosaur dig for your child by burying some “dinosaur bones” –this could be an arts and craft session with your child first, or dog bones, or even plastic dinosaurs – in a sandbox. If you do not have a sandbox, coordinate with a friend who does or find a neighborhood playground or school with one you can use. Provide your child with a brush and small shovel to play the part of the paleontologist and brush away the sand to uncover the bones. Encourage them to think about their role as a paleontologist. What is the importance of their job? Help your child conduct research before or after to help him/her learn about this real world way that humans connect to dinosaurs.
- Birds of a Feather. Although dinosaurs, no longer exist, some of their closest relatives are actually birds, not lizards! Visit your local library and encourage your child to look for books and/or online articles to help them compare birds and reptiles. For example, birds also have scales in addition to feathers, and officially have been classified as reptiles since 2009! Like in Dino-Store, both birds and lizards lay eggs. How are their eggs and the ways they treat their eggs different? Would your child rather have a lizard or a bird as a pet? Enjoy learning something new together while expanding your child’s scientific knowledge.
- Pets. Leo and his family come by their “pet” dinosaurs by accident, and need to find a new home for them. In reality, though, some individuals or families do not fully understand all the responsibilities that go along with having a pet before adopting a cute kitten or puppy and also need to find a new home for them. Tell your child to pick a real type of animal they think would make a fun pet. Help them look up information on how to take care of that pet, the average cost of supplies and food, vet bills, etc., and make a list of all the responsibilities. Do they think this is something they are ready for now? What about in the future? Extend this activity by visiting a local animal shelter and talking to the staff there. Your child could prepare interview questions ahead of time. Many animal shelters are happy to promote education on taking care of animals and how animals end up in shelters. Many shelters also seek out volunteers or have a volunteer day—perhaps your child could volunteer and learn about giving back to their community and its furriest members!