To add to that theme I thought I would also introduce Gess to paleontology, in a very hands on sort of way. After watching I Dig Dinosaurs she got to dig one of her own with another Christmas gift we got her: a Geo World Dino Excavation Kit of her favorite dinosaur T-Rex. (The kit does come with evolutionary information inside, but we just ignored that.)
Gess really had a blast digging for the dinosaur! It was hard and tedious work but she was so diligent. I tried to tell her it didn't need to be completed in one sitting, but she was not giving up until she had discovered all the bones!
It made quite a mess!
But it was worth finding all the bones!
Now she just had to assemble the pieces she discovered.
Here you have your T-Rex!
Of course we do realize that you would not discover all the dinosaur bones and that many bones are hand made to help fill in the gaps and put it together. Then, Paleo-Artists like Buddy Davis use these skeletal remains to draw and build the models we see in museums today. So while this isn't exactly how it really happens, it is fun to have your own set of tools and dig out your discovery.
Gess had so much fun doing this she is saving up to get another kit. I wonder what dinosaur she will discover this time!