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Dinosaur gif

A Dinosaur gif is a great way to add a little bit of fun into everyday communication. Dinosaur gifs are often the way my friends and I communicate. When talking about my kids running away from housework, a running dinosaur gif often shows up. Similarly, a roaring T-Rex gif usually makes it into that conversation! My husband likes the Jurassic World gif of Owen Grady and the Velocirators. Jurassic World gifs are abundant in our communications.

Dinosaur gifs are also a way to make your messages more interesting. I am a bit of a language nerd, and find myself fascinated by the way how we talk evolves. Dinosaur gifs are a big part of that. Did you know that gifs have been around since 1987, and that there were even “protogifs” that date back to the 19th century? They weren’t as interesting, of course. 19th century protogifs weren’t triceratops gifs. Scientists are even using dinosaur gifs to punctuate their thoughts, or other types of gifs to show examples of their work. Just like dinosaur memes, dinosaur gifs are now a part of everyday written communication.

Funny dinosaur gifs make a great way to lighten any message. How can you not laugh at the pole dancing dinosaur gif? Show your enthusiasm with a happy dinosaur gif or even say “I love you” with a kissing dinosaur gif. A simple “Hi” dinosaur gif will be sure to brighten anyone’s day. Dinosaur gifs and memes belong in almost every conversation.

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Dinosaur Treats

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What could be better than Dinosaur treats? Whether it’s in cake form, chocolate, or Rice Krispies, dinosaur treats are the way to this lady’s heart! Dinosaur treats can be a tasty addition to snack time, and can make your dinosaur party food even more special. Here are a few ways that you can add those Jurassic treats to your day!

A dinosaur themed birthday party for kids can be made extra special with dinosaur cakes or cupcakes! Kids will love this tasty dino dessert, and the nice thing about these cakes and cupcakes is that you can usually buy them, so that makes them really easy!

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Dinosaur cookies and rice krispies treats are also a great way to go anytime. Here at The Dinoverse, we looove rice krispie treats! These dino snacks are excellent for a treat tray, or for a dinosaur birthday party. Kids love the dinosaur shape, and if you are extra fancy, sprinkles, candy and icing can be used to make this food even more decorated! You can find many recipes for Rice Krispie treats online, and if you want a great recipe for DInosaur Cookies, check out this blog post for Vester’s favorite dinosaur cookie recipe!

If chocolate is your treat of choice, @spencerofalltrades has got you covered! These delicious vegan dark chocolate dino eggs even have a secret! There is a tiny dinosaur inside! Kids and adults alike will love cracking these gluten, dairy and soy free dinosaur treats open to find the hidden dino treat within! Easter egg hunts will never be the same once the kids get to crack open that Jurassic treat!

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Should you want to get really fancy at the next dinosaur party for the kids, you can print off your own chocolate bar wrapper. Just download the wrapper and wrap it around a standard chocolate bar. You can even personalise it! How creative is that? The kids at your party will love to get a chocolate dinosaur treat with their own name on it!

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No matter what dinosaur treat is your favourite, treats that feature dinosaurs can make a snack time so much more fun! A dinosaur party for kids is made extra special with some of these food ideas, and you can add a little excitement to your regular snack time too! I hope you enjoyed our suggestions for dinosaur treats, and if you have other treats featuring dinosaurs you like, send us an email or tag us with your pictures on Instagram! We would love to hear about them! And don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter! You will hear about fun dino stuff, and even get a dinosaur treat on your birthday from Vester the Velociraptor!

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Dinosaur Cookies

Dinosaur cookies may be the most yummy and fun way to enjoy dinosaurs! Dinosaur cookies are a great way to bring young palaeontologists into the kitchen with you. Kids love to bake along, and it’s a sneaky way to teach them math. Having them help weigh out ingredients like sugar in ounces and then having to add it to the bowl can stimulate those math skills! You can add food colour to the cookie dough to make them extra special, or add cute little sugar eyes. Sprinkles or other fun cookie decorations can be added to those dino cookies. If you are a really skilled cookie baker, you can even decorate your dinosaurs with some royal icing! I’m not the fanciest cook, so I just went with some food colour and these fun little eyes for my dinosaur cookies I found at my local Bulk Barn at Halloween. Here is Vester’s favourite recipe for dinosaur cookies; I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

Vester the Velociraptor; Event Coordinator at The Dinoverse

Recipe:
Ingredients:
2¼ (281g) All-Purpose Flour
½ tsp Baking Powder
¼ tsp Salt
¾ cup (170g) Unsalted Butter, softened to room temperature
¾ cup (150g) Sugar
1 Egg, at room temperature (see my tip below on how to do this!)
2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
¼ – ½ tsp Almond Extract (optional, but it makes your cookies so good!)

Food colour, sprinkles, royal icing, sugar eyes – Whatever you want to make your dinosaur cookie dreams come true!

Instructions:
Combine your Flour, Baking Powder, and Salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream your butter and sugar together until it is light, smooth and creamy. Make sure you scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure that any extra bits don’t get missed!

Add in the egg, and Vanilla Extract (and Almond, if you’re using it), and beat until it’s well combined. This is a good time to add colour, if you are colouring the full batch. If you only want to add colour to parts of it, wait until after the flour mixture is added.

Don’t forget to scrape!

Add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing on low only until everything is mixed together. Your cookie dough will be soft. If it seems like your dinosaur cookie dough will be too soft to roll, you can add another tablespoon or two of flour, but it’s supposed to be really soft. If you are only colouring some of the dough, this is when you should divide it, and knead the colour in. Be aware, this method is messy!

Lightly dust 2 pieces of parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts, and place one on each piece of parchment. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out to a ¼” thickness.

Lightly dust one of your sheets of cookie dough with flour and then cover with parchment. Place the second piece of cookie dough on top. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or up to 24; if you can wait that long! It’s important to chill your dinosaur cookie dough. It stops it from spreading in the oven. If you cook them right away like I did the first time (I was impatient and wanted cookies!), they spread out and they all stick together. My dinosaur cookies didn’t look much like dinosaurs. Don’t skip this step!

After you have been VERY PATIENT, and waited the full 2 hours (or more? Wow, you’re good!), it’s time to get baking your dinosaur cookies! Preheat the oven to 350°, and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Take your cookie dough out of the fridge, one at a time. Carefully run your hand under the top sheet if it is sticking a bit. Be careful; it can be delicate. This is where it starts getting fun! Get out those dinosaur cookie cutters, and go wild! Stegosaurus, T-Rex, triceratops…How many different dinosaurs will you make? If you want to add decorations that bake on (like my eyes) add them now. As you cut out your dinosaur shapes, you can re-roll the excess cookie dough to get more cookies. Use it all up, don’t waste it!

Place your dinosaurs on your cookie sheet, about 3″ apart and bake for 11-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. When you run out of cookies to bake, start cutting out the other sheet of cookie dough. It’s best to leave it in the fridge until you are ready to cut and bake it. If you can, it’s even better to place the cut out (and decorated) cookies in the fridge until they are ready to go in the oven. My cookie sheet just fits in my fridge, so while one is baking, I chill the next one.

Place your dinosaur cookies to cool on a wire rack for 5 min before removing them from the pan. They will be quite soft right out of the oven. Once they are fully cooled, it’s time to add any additional decorations! You can store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the fridge for up to 10. Honestly though, will they last that long? Mine never do!

Bonus tips:
To warm up your egg, place it in a bowl of warm (not hot) water for 5 min. It will warm up the egg to room temperature!

To soften your butter: You can remove your butter from the fridge in the morning and let it soften on the counter for a few hours. However, if you are a last minute type baker like I am, this won’t work for you. Instead, boil your kettle. While the kettle is boiling, cube your butter and place it on a small plate. Once the water has boiled, fill a glass or metal bowl that is large enough to cover the plate with the hot water and let it sit for a minute. Pour it out, dry the hot bowl, and put it upside down over the plate for 3-5 min. The heat from the bowl will soften your butter!

Happy Dinosaur Cookie Baking!

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Dinosaur Board Games

Dinosaur board games can be great fun for the whole family! There are so many options now for dinosaur board games too. You can get great games for lots of players, or, if you or your kids are more solo players, there are dinosaur board games available that you can play on your own. A dinosaur board game can help to teach kids to work together, to learn about different species of dinosaur, and can create great family memories. Here are a few of the dinosaur board games that we at The Dinoverse have found exciting and fun to play!

Happy Little Dinosaurs:
This dinosaur board game is our number one pick. All players get a card, and then try to survive the disasters that come their way – meteors, tar pits, even really bad haircuts. Players get points depending on how well they dodged the disaster. First player to 50 points wins! This Dinosaur board game is great for kids 8+, and also really fun for adults, and the best part? You can buy all sorts of expansion packs to make it even better!

Draftosaurus:
Make you own Jurassic Park with this Dinosaur board game! Players try to make the best park by placing their dinosaur meeples in pens around their park. The play is to do it in a way to get the most visitors! But not all dinosaurs can go into any pen! It’s a super fast game that will only take about 15 minutes to play, so you can play several rounds before players get board (see what I did there?). Players 8+ will enjoy this game of strategy.

Dinosaur Island:
Imagine if you could build your own version of Jurassic Park! That is what players get to do in Dinosaur Island. This Dinosaur board game is great for kids and adults alike. Players get to run their own park, create dinosaurs, and (hopefully) build an amazing park! Just watch out that the dinosaurs don’t start to eat the visitors!

Dinosaur Tea Party:
This is a tea party, but with Dinosaurs! If you have ever played “Guess Who”, you will know how to play this game quickly. It’s a game of deduction; you will ask questions like, “Are you wearing a hat”, to try to figure out who you are having tea with. It’s lots of fun for both older players and young kids too!

Dino World:
The best part about playing a dinosaur is getting to eat things. With this fun dinosaur card game, that’s exactly what you get to do! Players flip cards one at a time, the large dinosaurs “eat” the small dinosaurs, and whomever has eaten the most dinosaurs when the cards run out, wins! It’s fun for young kids as there isn’t really any strategy involved, just lots of fun.

Of course we can not talk about dinosaur board games without mentioning dinosaur meeples. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Meeples, they are cute little figures that you can buy to add to your board games in place of the regular figures. Dinosaur Meeples are the best Meeples, cause it means ALL your board games are dinosaur board games. Now when you play Monopoly, instead of a top hat, it’s dinosaurs that land on Park Place! That is the best way to play any game, if you ask me!

Before I sign off, here are a few honourable mentions. These are great dinosaur board games too, we just haven’t had the chance to try these adventures! If you have, pop on to our instagram page and let us know! We would love to hear how you liked them so we can try them too!

Raptor: Great for older players and adults
Sos Dino: Perfect for younger kids, ages 5+
Fossilis: For the budding palaeontologists!
Tiny Epic Dinosaurs: A fun game for strategy players!

Clearly dinosaur board games are the best board games. Whether you have lots of players or a single player, a dinosaur board game can make your afternoon an exciting adventure! Kids and adults alike will enjoy a good game of anything you choose when it has dinosaurs in it! I hope you enjoyed our list, and if there is something you haven’t tried yet, I encourage you to check it out!

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Dinosaur Wall Decals

Dinosaur wall decals are a quick and fun way to add dinosaur art to any room. Decorate your walls with a T-Rex bursting out, or create a friendly scene of a Brachiosaurus grazing amongst some flowers and leaves. Dinosaur wall stickers are easily available, simple to use, and can make your room decor come to life!

There are so many available options for dinosaur wall decals; both for kids decor and adults. For the baby nursery, you can get a sweet sticker that you can use as a mural. These ones often come in watercolor designs, and are made up of cute dinosaurs, roaming free amongst flowers. Add in a dinosaur egg or two and you have the perfect dinosaur nursery!

For the growing palaeontologist, a more realistic dinosaur wall decal might be the thing to decorate with! A high quality jungle scene, or a stegosaurus amongst the trees is a fun idea! A kids bedroom is the perfect place for a large dinosaur mural; perfect for a growing imagination! Dinosaur wall decals are also a perfect way to decorate a playroom. They appeal to just about every kid, so it’s a great way to add a little magic to their space.

Older kids can enjoy Dinosaur wall decals too! A more realistic dinosaur, bursting out of the wall is a great art option for a teen! Or maybe the entire herd, about to come alive right in their bedroom. A fun sticker mural of dinosaur art can include other pieces of prehistoric items too, like plants and flowers.

Of course adults can get in on the dinosaur wall decal fun too! A more grown up dinosaur wall decal such as a skeleton or silhouette can make a nice addition to a living room or bedroom. Really, dinosaurs add a wonderful atmosphere to any room!

Dinosaur wall decals are available in many different options. You can get high quality vinyl stickers, fabric decor or even a cute growth chart for the kids room or nursery. Dinosaur wall decals are quick to use and add a beautiful decorative design to any room!

If you are looking for something a little smaller than a full wall mural, check out our Art Prints! They are made from original art and are perfect for framing! And don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter, to get info, sales, and just generally fun dinosaur stuff, right to your inbox!

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Dinosaur Colouring Pages

Dinosaur coloring pages can be a great addition to any kid’s rainy day activities. You can find lots of different, free printable dinosaur coloring pages online. Some have cute little dinos, surrounded by their favourite nature. Others are more slightly real looking; a T-Rex or triceratops roaming the countryside. We don’t actually know what dinosaurs looked like, so kids can color them any color they like; red, blue or how about yellow? Why not have a yellow dinosaur? It’s possible! I love to see what comes out of a kid’s imagination.

You can also find dinosaur coloring books for kids. They often will have different animals as well as dinosaurs. A coloring book is great for taking on vacation. They keep all the pages together unlike the printable coloring pages that could get lost. Your kids can enjoy coloring pictures of stegosaurus, t-rex or triceratops, while you wait for your flight or on a long drive. Coloring can be a real help to pass time when waiting to see family at Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Here at The Dinoverse, we love to color! We can always find our Lead Illustrator, Kara, with some sort of coloring in front of her! We love coloring so much that Kara has designed some dinosaur coloring pages to share with you! You can hang these coloring pages anywhere. They qualify as art after all! Coloring these pages isn’t just for kids; for real, coloring pages are for all ages! You can download these cool dinosaurs, playing amongst their favourite nature. Just click the links below to get your free dinosaur coloring pages. I hope you have as much fun coloring them as I did! To get more dinosaur info and fun activities, and to hear about the latest Dinoverse promotions, sign up for our email list! You’ll even get a gift from Vester the Velociraptor on your birthday!

(Check out that amazing Dinosaur Hoodie our Jr. Paeleontologist is wearing! You can find it and other great Napping Wolf handmade products here)
Brachiosaurus
Parasaurolopus
Quetzacoatlus
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Are Dinosaurs Reptiles Or Birds?

The easy answer is dinosaurs are both reptiles and birds! Was that helpful? Probably not. Dinosaurs lived back millions of years ago in the Mesozoic Era; also called the “Age of Reptiles”. Lots of them had scaly skin, like reptiles, and they hatched from eggs, like both reptiles and birds. Even the word “Dinosaur” means “Terrible Lizard”, and lizards are a type of reptile!

Fossil of “Baby Yingliang”

There were two main types of Dinosaur. The Ornithischian or “bird hipped” dinosaurs like the Triceratops, and the Saurischian, or “lizard hipped” dinosaurs, like Apatosaurus. Ornithischia dinosaurs are herbivores, while Saurischian dinosaurs can be both herbivores and carnivores, like Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The main reason people ask this question is because we really want dinosaurs to still be living today. Dinosaurs have fascinated people for years! Wouldn’t you like to have your own dinosaur as a pet? Well, you can; sort of. There are still a group of living dinosaurs, and that’s where the bird part comes in!

Over millions of years, birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs, like Tyrannosaurus Rex! There are over 100 traits modern birds share with these ancient animals. Things like hollow bones, three forward-facing toes and a fused collarbone, often called a wishbone. How would you like a Tyrannosaurus for your Thanksgiving dinner? And of course, feathers. Since the discovery that dinosaurs are related to birds, I have seen some amazing art of Tyrannosaurus Rex drawn to look like a chicken!

Not all theropods could fly; I mean, can you imagine a flying Tyrannosaurus? Some theropods didn’t have the right skeletal structure, or their feathers weren’t quite developed enough. Scientists believe that for some Theropods, the feathers were likely used for mating displays, like the way peacocks do now. Penguins are also considered dinosaurs. Fossil penguin skin has been found in the Antarctic. So we really do have avian dinosaurs still around!

If you are more of a lizard person, you can still have a modern day dinosaur as a pet. Crocodiles and turtles are also closely related to our dinosaur friends! You might not be able to have a crocodile as a pet though. Another lizard type dinosaur that might make a better animal for your home, would be a snake. Snakes are loosely related to dinosaurs.

Photograph: JA Chirinos/Reuters

I guess the answer to the question, “Are dinosaurs reptiles or birds?” really is both! It just depends on how many millions of years you want to wait. Animals like crocodiles and turtles possibly lived millions of years ago, whereas our modern birds evolved over millions of years and are related to dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex. Regardless, it’s nice to know that even without a Jurassic World type park out there, we can still see modern day dinosaurs roaming the land today!

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Dinosaur Jokes

Kids love dinosaur jokes. I love a good dinosaur joke too, and dinosaur puns are my favorite thing ever! Honestly, all puns are my favorite; I think it’s a mom thing. With the help of our junior palaeontologists, I have compiled a list of the best jokes and puns about dinosaurs. I hope you like them as much as we do!

Q: What do you get if you cross a dinosaur with a pig?
A: Jurassic Pork!

Q: Why do museums exhibit old dinosaur bones?
A: Because they can’t afford new ones!

Q: Who makes the best prehistoric reptile clothes?
A: A dino-sewer.

Q: What do you call a dinosaur that never gives up?
A: Try-try-try-ceratops!

Q: What do you call a dinosaur car accident?
A: Tyrannosaurus wreck!

Q: What should you do if you find a blue Dilophosaurus?
A: Try to cheer him up!

Q: Why did the Tyrannosaurus Rex cross the road?
A: Because the chickens hadn’t evolved yet.

Q: Scientists discovered a new dinosaur that is very intelligent.
A: It’s called a thesaurus.

Q: Do you know how long dinosaurs lived?
A: The same as short ones.

Q: What would happen if a 100-ton Brachiosaurus stepped on you?
A: You’d be deeply impressed.

Q: What is a dinosaur’s least favorite reindeer?
A: Comet!

Q: What dinosaur could jump higher than a house?
A: All of them. Houses can’t jump.

Q: Can a crappy dinosaur joke get a laugh?
A: You bet Jurassican.

Q: What do you call a dinosaur ghost?
A: A Scaredactyl.

Q: What do you get when a dinosaur sneezes?
A: Out of the way as fast as you can.

Q: What’s a dinosaur’s favorite quote?
A: “Jurassic times call for Jurassic measures!”

Q: Why did the Archaeopteryx catch the worm?
A: Because it was an early bird!

Q: How do you know if there is a dinosaur in your fridge?
A: The door won’t shut!

Q: What do you call a dinosaur who is a noisy sleeper?
A: A Tyranno-snorus!

Q: What do you call a smelly dinosaur fart?
A: An ex-stink-tion!

Q: What do you call a T-Rex who hates losing?
A: A saur loser.

Q: What sport is a brontosaurus good at?
A: Squash

Q: Do you think anything could tricera-top these dinosaur puns?
A: I dino what to tell you, but probably not.

Q: What do you call a short spiky dinosaur that’s fallen down the stairs?
A: Ankle-is-sore-us.

Q: What do you get if you cross a T- rex with explosives?
A: Dino-mite.

Q: What do you call a dinosaur that asks a lot of deep questions?
A: A Philosiraptor.

Q: What is found in the middle of dinosaurs?
A: The letter S.

Q: What’s the best thing to do if you see a T-Rex?
A: Hope he doesn’t see you.

Q: Which dinosaur had to wear glasses?
A: Tyrannosaurus specs.

I hope you had a great laugh as you read our list of dinosaur jokes and puns! If we have missed any of your favorite jokes about dinosaurs, please share them with us on instagram!

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Fun Facts About Dinosaurs

Ever since the first Dinosaur fossils were discovered years ago, people have been fascinated by them. Both kids and adults alike are interested to learn all they can about these amazing creatures that lived millions of years ago. Thanks to palaeontologists, facts about dinosaurs are available to everyone! Here are some of our favourite fun facts about dinosaurs; this is just a little taste of all the information out there!

Sir Richard Owen, a Biologist from England, coined the name “Dinosaur”. It comes from the Greek words “deinos” meaning “big and terrible” and “sauros” meaning ”lizard” , even though dinosaurs are not actually lizards. The first recorded description of a dinosaur bone discovery was back 3500 years ago, in China. The people who discovered it didn’t know about dinosaurs though, so they thought the dinosaur teeth they found belonged to a dragon! In 1923, the first dinosaur eggs were found in the Gobi Desert by Roy Chapman Andrews, and in 2015, scientists discovered a new dinosaur species in Alberta, Canada. They named it “Hellboy” because of two facts: it has stubby horns above it’s eyes that looked like the comic book character and they also had a really hard time excavating it from the rock. After millions of years stuck in rock, of course it would be hard to get out! What a fun name! One of the most famous fossil hunters was Mary Anning. She found her first dinosaur fossil, an ichthyosaur skeleton, when she was only 12 years old! Even kids can be palaeontologists! She discovered many dinosaur related artefacts in her life, but unfortunately, back then because she was a woman, nobody took her seriously. Sometimes it wasn’t fun being a woman in the 1800’s. Now, there are many lady palaeontologists, like Blaire Van Valkenburgh and Louise Leakey, who get recognized for their hard work, and when they have discovered things millions of years old.

Some dinosaurs are really weird and fun looking. One dinosaur called the Pegomastax looks like a cross between a parrot and a porcupine. It has a beak with teeth that sharpened themselves against each other. Another weird dinosaur is the Suzhousaurus. This giant rat looking dinosaur had a furry body, and could be an ancestor of the giant ground sloth. These are the types of fun dinosaur facts I love!

Although dinosaurs went extinct millions of years ago, you can still have a dinosaur like pet! Many animals today are part of the dinosaur family! Lizards, turtles, snakes and crocodiles all come from the dinosaur family. Deinosuchus was a massive prehistoric crocodile that weighed about eight times as much as the crocodiles you see today, and had the strongest bite of all the dinosaurs. It was even stronger than the Tyrannosaurus rex! If you or your kids want an ancestor of a Theropod dinosaur, you can get yourself a bird! Fun Fact: You can then tell your friends that you have a type of Utahraptor as a pet!

Although dinosaurs went extinct millions of years ago, you can still have a dinosaur like pet! Many animals today are part of the dinosaur family! Lizards, turtles, snakes and crocodiles all come from the dinosaur family. Deinosuchus was a massive prehistoric crocodile that weighed about eight times as much as the crocodiles you see today, and had the strongest bite of all the dinosaurs. It was even stronger than the Tyrannosaurus rex! If you or your kids want an ancestor of a Theropod dinosaur, you can get yourself a bird! Fun Fact: You can then tell your friends that you have a type of Utahraptor as a pet!

Unfortunately, if you or your kids have a bird, you can’t tell your friends you have a Pterodactyl. The facts are true; Pterodactyls were not actually dinosaurs. These guys were flying reptiles that lived millions of years ago too. The difference is their hip-bones. Dinosaurs belong to two groups; Ornithischia and Saurischia. Saurischia dinosaurs were carnivores, with powerful jaws and tail, and short arms. The Saurischian dinosaurs were the carnivores, the meat-eating species, like Tyrannosaurus Rex, Allosaurus, and Argentinosaurus. The Ornithischian dinosaurs were more gentle, plant eaters. Dinosaurs like Triceratops, Iguanodon, and Stegosaurus have hip bones that point backward. There are over 700 different types of dinosaurs discovered so far, and I am sure we will find more!

There are so many fun facts about dinosaurs out there now because of the hard work that scientists do. Fun facts like, did you know that “Velociraptor” means “speedy thief”? If you or your kids have ever seen Jurassic World, you will understand how fitting that is! Also, the dinosaur with the longest teeth was the Tyrannosaurus Rex (8 inches!), and still to this day palaeontologists have never found a dinosaur bigger than a blue whale. In millions of years, the blue whale is still the biggest mammal ever! I love to learn about dinosaurs, and I hope you enjoyed learning these fun facts about dinosaurs too!

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Dinosaur Movies For Kids

Kids love dinosaur movies. Honestly, big kids love movies about dinosaurs too, but it’s generally when you are younger that you first learn to love the dinosaur world. A kid’s imagination is prime for great things like a T-Rex having a fight with a brontosaurus, or a Troodon as a train conductor. It all seems perfectly realistic. Dinosaur movies can also have a big impact on a kid’s life. Our Lead Illustrator, Kara, remembers quite fondly the experience of going to see the highly rated Jurassic Park with her dad. It was scary, but still the best! It’s this memory that started her love of Dinosaurs, and eventually specialising in Dinosaur art! Dinosaur movies for kids have been made for many years. Now that we have services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, there is no shortage of new dino movies to take us on a journey back in time. These dinosaur movies are among our favourites. Obviously any movie with a dinosaur is a good one, but these ones in particular are the movies that rated the prime spot in our movie collection.

The Land Before Time (1988):
This dinosaur kids movie is overall our staff’s top pick. No matter who I talked to, everyone loves this movie. Not only is it beautifully animated, but it’s a lovely story. It’s a wonderful story about friends who make an important journey, meeting new friends along the way. There are many sequels, but the first one is definitely the best rated. You can usually find this dino movie on Amazon Prime.

We’re Back! A Dinosaur Story (1993):
If you want an animated dinosaur movie filled with big names, this is the dino movie for you! Produced by Steven Spielberg, it’s filled with the voices of people like John Goodman and Martin Short. Some really smart dinosaurs come to help two lonely kids in New York City, and adventures ensue. Also, trouble. It’s a lot of good hearted fun that both kids and parents will love. You can try Amazon Prime or Apple TV for this one.

The Good Dinosaur (2015):
Pixar is well known for its top rated animated kids movies, and this dinosaur movie is no different. Journey back in time to join a young dinosaur and his human friend as they trek to find Arlo the dinosaur’s parents. It’s heartwarming and fun, and since it’s Pixar, you are likely to find it on Disney Plus.

Jurassic Park:
Of course no dinosaur movie list would be complete without this one! I’m sure just about every dinosaur lover has seen at least one version; either the original 1993 version, based on the book by Michael Crichton, or the 2015 reboot of the franchise, Jurassic World. Although it might be a little too intense for younger kids, the older kids will love it! All your favorite dinosaurs will be there. And can you imagine? A theme park, full of dinosaurs? What could be more amazing? Well, as the cliche goes, “I’ve seen the end of this movie, and it doesn’t end well…” Still, the journey through this prime rated park is probably one of the best times you’ll have in a dinosaur movie! (Also, if you are a Jurassic fan, check out our Rexy and Blue stickers! I believe they actually are really good friends!)

Before I pop myself a big bowl of popcorn and head to my couch for dinosaur movie night, here are our list of honourable mentions! You might want to check these dinosaur movies for kids out too!

Honourable Mentions:
Dinosaur Train: The Movie (2021)
Walking With Dinosaurs (2013)
Bob the Builder: The Big Dino Dig (2011)
Dinosaur (2000)