Children often develop intense interests as preschoolers, and many are fascinated with dinosaurs. Share a variety of books—both fiction and nonfiction—about dinosaurs with your children. For dramatic play, gather together various sizes and types of toy dinosaurs. Challenge your children to sort the dinosaurs in different ways, such as by size, physical characteristics, or even diet. This activity is great for vocabulary building, but don’t be surprised if your child knows the names of more dinosaurs than you!
Researchers have found that sustained intense interests—such as dinosaurs, for example—can help children develop increased knowledge and persistence, a better attention span, and deeper information-processing skills. In short, they make for better learners and smarter kids.