Dinosaurs on the Move: Movable Paper Figures to Cut, Color, and Assemble
By: Cathy Diez-Luckie
Publisher: Figures in Motion
Publication Date: 2010
Reviewed by: Pamela Victor
Review Date: April 26, 2010
Interested in a book that combines arts and crafts, science and imaginative play? Know a child who loves dinosaurs? Looking for a rainy day project that extends the play and learning potential for months to come? Dinosaurs on the Move is all that. The latest movable figures book by Cathy Diez-Luckie and Figures in Motion features an inspiring selection of carnivore, herbivore and flying dinosaurs that kids can cut out and piece together to create formidable creatures to fuel imaginative play and stimulate further learning.
Dinosaurs on the Move provides ten different types of dinosaurs for cutting and creating, such as Ankylosaurus, Pteranodon, Baryonyx and of course the classic Tyrannosaurus Rex. Kids ages 6 – 12 years old might enjoy cutting out the pieces of each creature, and they can choose between the pre-colored figures or ones they can color in themselves. Required materials include 1/8” round hole punch and mini brads or brass fasteners for attaching the parts together. As these figures are not perforated, there is quite a bit of cutting necessary, and adult assistants may be requested for some of the work. The pages are made of sturdy cardstock that will extend the entertainment and learning value, so kids can use their imagination to play with these fun and fierce dinosaurs for quite a while.
The first section of Dinosaurs on the Move provides small entries regarding the statistics, diet and key features of each dinosaur to stimulate interest and expand knowledge. At the very least, kids will learn nifty facts in this “Dinosauria,” but if you have a real dino-lover on your hands, these little factoids may well serve to stimulate further learning beyond this book.
If you enjoy this book, you may want to explore the other title in the publisher’s “Famous Figures” series called Famous Figures of Ancient Times, also illustrated by Diez-Luckie. And we can look forward to more movable figures books highlighting Medieval times, the Renaissance, U.S. history and the Bible.
Quill says: This book brings learning and playing together!