Dinosaurs, like trains, were never a big deal with my daughters. But dinosaurs, like trains, are a very big deal to little boys, and, as it turns out, to a lot of little girls as well. When I nannied Cooper, one of our favorite shows was Dinosaur Train on PBS, and it was a valuable show. In addition to learning about dinosaurs and the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, it teaches little ones about being good people. And, if you are so inclined, you can learn the alphabet by learning the song “Dinosaurs A to Z,” which Coop and I both mastered (and we were pretty darned proud of ourselves). So I knew that dinosaurs was a topic I wanted GG Sprinkles to cover.
I had no toy dinosaurs of my own, so I had to once again borrow some from my grandsons, and once again they came through for me as they had done with trains. But I wanted a dinosaur that makes noise in addition to the little ones they gave me and they found one for me. My fondest memory of this one is a Christmas quite a few years ago when Everett was much smaller and we gave him that very dinosaur. When he opened it, it roared at him and he fell backwards into a box. I’m not sure it’s a fond memory for him, but we thought it was pretty darned cute. At any rate, I was now armed with quite a few dinosaurs. I decided that an appropriate poem would highlight some of the dinosaurs that Cooper and I liked best as well as mention the three periods I was familiar with. Even so, I needed to read a bit about the dinosaurs. I had wanted to do something with butterflies, so as I researched dinosaurs, I discovered the existence of lacewings, the first butterflies that evolved into what we have today. I decided butterflies would fit in with dinosaurs just fine. I discovered that lacewings actually predated flowers and thus, the early butterflies actually had no flowers on which to feed; they actually ate from trees. So once again I learned new things and had fun putting this presentation together.
We opened with a roaring dinosaur and then moved to the poem and an introduction to some of the dinosaurs the boys had loaned me. We ended with our prehistoric butterflies. I was reminded once again of how much I learn as I put the GG Sprinkles videos together. As much as I love that (and I really do) I also love that I can do something that engages little ones and entertains them for at least a few minutes. As the pandemic seems destined to rage on for a while yet, I can continue both entertaining and learning. And you’re never too old to do both of those. Thank goodness!