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I need stuff for a six year old
« on: July 13, 2017, 01:44:46 AM »
I have a friend with a six year old who loves paleontology and prehistory. I've been trying to give suggestions on stuff to do but most of the stuff I watched/read when I was six he already has. What's come out in the past fifteen years that a six year old would enjoy? He's particularly into marine reptiles.


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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2017, 02:17:18 AM »
Toys or other things? One of my favorite marine reptile figures out there is Collecta Thalassomedon.

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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2017, 02:25:38 AM »
Toys or other things? One of my favorite marine reptile figures out there is Collecta Thalassomedon.

I meant like books and movies.

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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2017, 02:47:51 AM »
The mini-series "Prehistoric Park" is one of my favorites.

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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2017, 03:38:54 AM »
Unfortunately most movies featuring prehistoric marine reptiles are unforgivably bad, like Loch Ness Terror. I've watched most of them, and wouldn't recommend any of them.
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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2017, 04:53:59 AM »
I have a six-year-old. He's into toys and figures (a blurry line for him), but he definitely plays more with the toys that move, like some of the JP figures. Also, last year I gave him one of those kits with a plastic fossil skeleton encased in plaster or dried clay, and the kid can dig out the fossil using the tools in the kit. He loved it.

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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2017, 07:11:14 AM »
I have a friend with a six year old who loves paleontology and prehistory. I've been trying to give suggestions on stuff to do but most of the stuff I watched/read when I was six he already has. What's come out in the past fifteen years that a six year old would enjoy? He's particularly into marine reptiles.

Dinosaur Train ( http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/ ) & Sampson's You Can Be a Paleontologist!: Discovering Dinosaurs with Dr. Scott ( https://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Paleontologist-Discovering-Dinosaurs/dp/1426327285 ).

The mini-series "Prehistoric Park" is one of my favorites.

I'd only recommend Marven's work as a good laugh for informed adults. As educational material for kids, not so much: http://www.anorbitalgrouse.com/video/nigel/

Unfortunately most movies featuring prehistoric marine reptiles are unforgivably bad, like Loch Ness Terror. I've watched most of them, and wouldn't recommend any of them.

There's at least 1 good 1:
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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2017, 07:40:13 AM »
Its tough to recommend when I do not know what you have.  My son loves Sea Monsters a Walking with Dinosaurs trilogy.  National Geographic Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure is another one he enjoys. 

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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2017, 08:00:44 AM »
With a six year old I would read and look at these two books (it's an ongoing series):
http://dinotoyblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=4412.msg130232#msg130232

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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2017, 10:47:50 AM »
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The mini-series "Prehistoric Park" is one of my favorites.
I'd only recommend Marven's work as a good laugh for informed adults. As educational material for kids, not so much: http://www.anorbitalgrouse.com/video/nigel/

I don't think you need to be worrying about accuracy at this point. When I was younger, documentaries such as the WW- series and prehistoric park misinformed the hell out of me. The important thing is keeping up interest. Those shows make you feel smart when you can't read yet, and when he's older, he can start correcting she shows themselves, making him feel smarter.

My recommendation would be the Beasts of the Mesozoic action figures if you haven't herd of them : https://www.facebook.com/BeastSculptKit/

I would also suggest getting him into art. When the documentary scene is dry (like it is right now) He could always just draw scenes that he would like to see. Kind of sad, I know, but it's a pretty good skill anyway and could lead to something great.

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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2018, 05:54:44 AM »
My kids and I absolutely LOVE "I Am NOT a Dinosaur!"



It's one of the better paleo-themed books for younger kids I've ever read. It's got stylized but accurate illustrations, and it has a fun rhyming scheme that makes it incredibly easy to read aloud. When my kids are asking for books multiple times in a row, that becomes a huge plus, believe me! It's got plenty of prehistoric sea critters in it, too! If your kid is already reading, it makes for a decent early reader book as well. I've written up a whole review of it on my blog if you want to learn more about it:
https://dinodadreviews.com/2018/12/05/i-am-not-a-dinosaur/

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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2018, 01:04:00 PM »
A fairly good series of videos of prehistoric marine animals is that of BBC Sea monsters that was aired and then commercialized many years ago. It could interest your child. In it a time traveler Nigel Marven enters the seven most dangerous seas of all time. It was broadcasted by the BBC on British television in 2003. Perhaps somewhere in the sale of documentary videos you can locate this series. It is quite entertaining for a child and is educational in absolute terms.

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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2018, 07:55:07 AM »
Wow I definitely got to pick up that 'Not a Dinosaur' book at some point. I really dig the paper craft style of artwork. Would be good to help explain things to my nieces as they get a bit older too.
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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2018, 11:21:49 AM »
Wow I definitely got to pick up that 'Not a Dinosaur' book at some point. I really dig the paper craft style of artwork. Would be good to help explain things to my nieces as they get a bit older too.

I work in a library and I have to affirm that children's books and juvenile dinosaurs among other subjects do not have to envy books of the same theme for adults. Now the children fortunately have a lot of themes of all kinds and quality (paleontology, history, art, mathematics) that is even interesting for adults.

In fact, many adults rent in the Library where I work with juvenile novels and even children's novels because they are as good as those of adults.

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« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2018, 10:35:40 PM »
I have a friend with a six year old who loves paleontology and prehistory. I've been trying to give suggestions on stuff to do but most of the stuff I watched/read when I was six he already has. What's come out in the past fifteen years that a six year old would enjoy? He's particularly into marine reptiles.

Dinosaur Train ( http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/ ) & Sampson's You Can Be a Paleontologist!: Discovering Dinosaurs with Dr. Scott ( https://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Paleontologist-Discovering-Dinosaurs/dp/1426327285 ).

Forgot to mention Bakker's The Big Golden Book of Dinosaurs & Dinosaurs: In Your Face! (which is a compilation of Dino Babies!, Prehistoric Monsters!, & Dinosaurs!: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=Dr.+Robert+T.+Bakker&search-alias=books&field-author=Dr.+Robert+T.+Bakker&sort=relevancerank ).

A fairly good series of videos of prehistoric marine animals is that of BBC Sea monsters that was aired and then commercialized many years ago. It could interest your child. In it a time traveler Nigel Marven enters the seven most dangerous seas of all time. It was broadcasted by the BBC on British television in 2003. Perhaps somewhere in the sale of documentary videos you can locate this series. It is quite entertaining for a child and is educational in absolute terms.

I'd only recommend Marven's work as a good laugh for informed adults. As educational material for kids, not so much: http://www.anorbitalgrouse.com/video/nigel/
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« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2018, 11:41:55 PM »
A fairly good series of videos of prehistoric marine animals is that of BBC Sea monsters that was aired and then commercialized many years ago. It could interest your child. In it a time traveler Nigel Marven enters the seven most dangerous seas of all time. It was broadcasted by the BBC on British television in 2003. Perhaps somewhere in the sale of documentary videos you can locate this series. It is quite entertaining for a child and is educational in absolute terms.

Quote from: HD-man linkI'd only recommend Marven's work as a good laugh for informed adults. As educational material for kids, not so much: [url
http://www.anorbitalgrouse.com/video/nigel/[/url]

At least they know how they were physically or at least try to show the dinosaurs and prehistoric animals of the Mesozoic era and even prehistoric animals of the Paleozoic and Cenozoic era. Obviously they are still inaccurate cartoons for children, but at least they entertain a child.

Educational can most recent videos of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals in general of National Geographic or perhaps Planet Dinosaur although the images can be very violent for a child, even Sea monster has very violent images for a small child that can traumatize him as when the protagonist starts a tail of the tanystropheus and said member is eaten by a marine reptile (I do not remember what it was).

Or when a sick leedsichthys is eaten to pieces by liopleurodones among other marine reptiles. Certainly many of these scientific videos of the BBC such as Sea Monsters are inaccurate from the scientific point of view but we must bear in mind that we deal with a child who at such a young age is interested in knowing prehistoric animals even if he only knows his appearance that's enough. For an adult, even for me, I am uneducated from the point of view of paleontology, it is to be laughed at. I agree with you in that.
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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2018, 04:23:02 PM »
My children liked the Walking with Dinosaurs and the various spin offs when they where little

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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2018, 02:21:37 AM »
What about Dinotopia? As a teenager I liked the mini series. True, the series with its 13 episodes wasn't a big deal.

About the books I only met one in Hungary, Journey to Chandara. It's one of my favorite books. The pictures are beautiful and the world the author buildt is really creative and detailed at the same time. I would think it's good for kids and adults too. And the story is adventurous and there's nothing in it that I wouldn't recommend the book for a 6 years old kid. Unfortunately I don't know the other books in the series. Don't know why only one book was translated and published (at least to my knowledge) while both the miniseries the series was shot here, in Hungary. I think I will hunt them down in original (somewhen).

And I would recommend the 2003 Dinosaur Planet documentary series too. The graphics even now looks really good and I really liked the stories in the series (my favorites were Pod's Travel and White Tip's Journey). There are some bloody scenes in the episodes but nothing as severe as i.e. in Dinosaur Revolution (that contains a few really disturbing scenes).

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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2018, 03:08:28 AM »


"Mammoth Is Mopey" by David and Jennie Orr (of "Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs") is also pretty good. It's fun to see a prehistoric "ABC book" with such unique species choices in it!
You can read my review here:
https://dinodadreviews.com/2018/07/18/mammoth-is-mopey/
But probably the best thing I can say about it is that I've ended up buying three extra copies (so far!) as Christmas presents for friends and family!


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Re: I need stuff for a six year old
« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2019, 12:50:15 AM »
"Daring to Dig" is a great book for young kids interested in dinosaurs and fossils, especially girls nursing an interest in STEM!
I features 12 different important female paleontologists that have been somewhat overlooked by history.
https://dinodadreviews.com/2019/11/25/daring-to-dig/



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