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App-y Hour Book Apps for Kids: Silly Dino by Seymour Simon

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It’s FRIDAY! Know what that means? Time for us to share another App-Y Hour Book Apps for Kids!


This week we’d like to share a delightful book app called Silly Dino. Children’s author Seymour Simon has been called “the dean of the [children’s science book] field” by the New York Times.

In Silly Dino, Seymour Simon uses simple humor and clever illustrations to introduce children to the names, spellings and pronunciations of a range of dinosaurs, some of which even adults may never have heard of!


Why did the T-Rex cross the road? And, what should you do if you find a blue Triceratops? Beloved children’s science author Seymour Simon and his longtime collaborator, the hilarious illustrator Dennis Kendrick, team up on a book of dinosaur riddles that will tickle your funny bone!

Salient app features:

  • Contemporary, educational and funny content that teaches young children about their favorite animals, dinosaurs
  • An original Seymour Simon eBook, now available for the first time as an app.
  • Book available in “Read To Me” and “Let Me Read” formats
  • Audio recorded by Grammy award winner John Marshall Media studio.
  • Educational dinosaur literacy game

Silly Dino and can found for Android,on iTunes, and at Amazon.


Something To Do:

Even though real fossils usually take millions of years to form — it’s a fun activity  to create  “homemade” dino fossils with your kids… and they can be created in just one day!

Clear a work area and lay down a protective layer (cardboard or a piece of plastic). Have your kids roll a big lump of clay or play dough on to a sheet of way paper. Your goal is to make a ball that is as smooth as possible. Smoosh your ball flat to resemble a very smooth pancake, but not too thin, keep the thickness around 1/8 to 1/4 inch.

Dig around the toy box and locate small plastic dinosaurs, or even small objects (bones, shells etc.) Press these items deep into the surface of the clay or play dough so when they are removed, you can easily see an impression.
If your project involves working with play dough instead of clay, let it dry overnight. But if you are working with clay, continue to the next step which is brushing a small amount of vegetable oil into each impression (or apply small amount of cooking spray).

Next, whip up a  batch of plaster of Paris according to the package directions. The goal is to make it smooth but thick so it can easily be spooned into your “dino impression.”

Once the impression is filled, wait about 30-60 minutes for the plaster to dry completely. Then peel away the clay or play dough and PRESTO! Instant dinosaur fossils!

You can even take this activity a step further and create a Dinosaur Dig and have your little paleontologists “excavate” their masterpieces from sand or a sensory box.

IMPORTANT: For clean up, throw out the container used to mix the plaster. Do NOT rinse this container in the sink, as it can cause plaster to set in the pipes.

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Valarie Budayr is the founder of Audrey Press and author of the books The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide To Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. She is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and when she isn’t jumping into a book and creating wildly inventive adventures, she is “mom” to three uber creative children, married to a wonderfully patient man, one adored cat, and the Fox Whisperer to lots and lots of Foxes (that come and go as they please). You can also find Valarie on Facebook at (facebook link for JIAB) or on Twitter at @Bookjumper.