books with pictures of dinosaurs
coloring pages featuring large simple outlines of dinosaurs
textured items (plastic berry basket, corrugated cardboard, sandpaper with
assorted grades, cheese greater, colander, piece of screen, piece of bark)
1. Ask the children what dinosaurs looked like. Talk about fossils and how
scientists use them to gain information about dinosaurs. Explain that skin
does not usually become petrified; fossils are most commonly the hard parts
of dinosaur bodies (claws, teeth, plates, shells, and bones). Therefore,
scientists do not know the actual colors or skin textures of most dinosaurs.
Artists use their own ideas when they illustrate them. Show the children
some examples from books.
2. Encourage children to use textured objects and crayons to make rubbings
on coloring pages of dinosaurs to create skin textures and colors.
Demonstrate how to make different rubbings on different body parts or how
to layer colors on one dinosaur.