Like a lot of little boys, my little one is really into dinosaurs. I can’t remember what sparked his interest in them, but I know he’s been intrigued by them since he was about two and a half. He has dinosaur toys, books, dinosaur origami, drawing activities, puzzles, and other activities. You can imagine his delight when his second grade teacher spent part of the fossil unit on dinosaurs. And if you know how much I like children’s art, you should know I was tickled pink to see the bright and cheerful dinosaur art gracing the wall outside his classroom. [See earlier posts here and here].
(Side note: I cannot say enough about his teacher and what she does to get little boys excited about school. Yes, excited. I’m talking “Oh, no! What do you mean I can’t go to school?! 101.1 degree temp isn’t that high. I must.go.to.school” excited. I’m convinced she performed a miracle on the first day of school).
The little one likes to “store” in his memory or on camera all the beautiful things he sees, so he requested that I take a picture of his classmates’ artwork. Needless to say, he didn’t have to pull my arm to get me to do it. He was rightfully very proud of his work–even though, as he pointed out, he didn’t draw his favorite, the Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex).
It’s no surprise that my little one drew “Spike” because he has been very interested in sailfin lizards lately. The sailfin lizard looks very much like the Dimetrodon which was actually a pelycosaur, not a dinosaur. Pelycosaurs preceded dinosaurs. Someone thinks this is way too much information and that we should just enjoy his class’s magnificent artwork:
I spy a T-Rex, another Dimetrodon, a Brontosaurus, a Brachiosaurus, a Triceratops, and a Velociraptor. What do you see?