Jumbo Dinosaurs Toys
- Item #: LER0786
- Condition: New
Jumbo Dinosaurs Toys
by Learning Resources
Grades Preschool, Kindergarten +
5 Jumbo Dinosaurs
Realistically detailed animals designed for little hands and big imaginations! Figures invite imaginative play and are perfect for vocabulary development. Activity guide includes facts about each animal and early science discussion starters. Made of durable, non-toxic plastic.
• Tyrannosaurus Rex
Largest animal (brachiosaurus) measures 10”L x 9.5”H
• Tyrannosaurus rex, or T-rex, was one of the largest carnivores (meat eaters) that ever lived, measuring 40 feet (12 m) long and about 15–20 feet (4.5–6 m) tall.
• Tyrannosaurus rex’s sharp, jagged teeth were useful for hunting. However, T-rex also had tiny arms that made picking up food very difficult.
• While T-rex is often thought of as a swift predator, paleontologists (scientists who study fossils) still debate whether it could actually run or only walk fast. For this reason, estimates of a T-rex’s top speed range from 11–25 mph (17–40 kph).
• Tyrannosaurus rex could eat up to 500 pounds (226.8 kg) of meat in one bite!
• Tyrannosaurus rex lived in forested river valleys in what is now known as North America. It became extinct about 65 million years ago.
• Measuring 80 feet (24 m) long and 50 feet (15 m) tall, brachiosaurus was more than twice the size of tyrannosaurus rex!
• The name brachiosaurus means "arm lizard." Although brachiosaurus had no arms, its front legs were much longer than its back legs, giving the appearance of arms.
• At one time, paleontologists believed brachiosaurus spent most of its time underwater. However, this was later proved false.
• Brachiosaurus had one of the longest life spans of any dinosaur—many lived for at least 100 years! By comparison, tyrannosaurus rex had a life span of only 40 years.
• Brachiosaurus was an herbivore (plant eater) with a big appetite. Brachiosaurus ate several hundred pounds of leafy greens a day.
• Stegosaurus may have looked scary, but it was one of the least intelligent dinosaurs. Stegosaurus’s brain was about the size of a walnut.
• The name stegosaurus means "roofed lizard" because it was once believed that stegosaurus’s plates were matted flat along its back. More recent discoveries have confirmed that the plates were actually pointed.
• Stegosaurus was an herbivore. Like many other plant-eating dinosaurs, stegosaurus chewed small rocks with the plants to help mash down tough vegetables.
• In 1982, stegosaurus was named the state dinosaur of Colorado after thousands of fourth-grade students petitioned the state government to adopt it.
• Paleontologists once thought stegosaurus walked on two legs, like T-rex. However, most experts no longer believe this.
• Triceratops means "three-horned face" due to its hard, plated head that held three spear-like horns.
• Triceratops was an herbivore, feeding only on the vegetation of western North America.
• Triceratops was about 30 feet (9 m) long and 10 feet (3 m) tall, and weighed 4–6 tons (3,600–5,400 kg). Triceratops could not move very quickly despite having strong, thick limbs.
• Triceratops’s horns were a handy defense mechanism. When another dinosaur such as T-rex attacked, triceratops would use its head and horns as a battering ram similar to the rhinoceros.
• Triceratops was one of the last surviving dinosaurs approximately 65 million years ago.
• Recent findings confirm that the raptor was a feathered dinosaur. Raptors likely had thick feathery coats, similar to a peacock’s, covering their scaly skin.
• Despite their birdlike features, raptors could not fly. Like tyrannosaurus rex, they had short limbs that made liftoff impossible.
• Raptors had larger brains than most dinosaurs, making them one of the most intelligent species.
• Raptors could run upright on two legs nearly as fast as an Olympic sprinter—24 miles (38.6 km) an hour!
• Raptors preyed on other dinosaurs. Because of their speed, retractable claws and sharp teeth, they were very effective hunters.
In addition to providing great opportunities for pretend play, Jumbo Dinosaurs are helpful early science discussion starters. Ask questions, such as the following, to help students understand the similarities and the differences between the dinosaurs.
Could any of the dinosaurs fly?
Did any of the dinosaurs have fur or hair covering their skin?
Did any of the dinosaurs lay eggs?
Did the coloring of any of the dinosaurs help it blend into its natural habitat?
Which dinosaurs were herbivores (plant eaters)?
Which dinosaur most resembled a rhinoceros? Which had feathers like a peacock’s?
Questions like these help students develop early classification skills based on the characteristics of the dinosaurs.
Design a Habitat
Challenge students to use crayons and paper to design one of the dinosaurs in its natural habitat. Make sure the students consider the basic needs of the dinosaurs including food and shelter.
Encourage students to move and make noise like each of the dinosaurs as you hold them up in view. Have students take turns acting like a dinosaur and have others guess which dinosaur the actor is pretending to be. Discuss how the dinosaurs sound and move in comparison to each other. How are they alike? How are they different?
To clean, wipe the surfaces of the dinosaurs with a damp cloth. Dry immediately. To prevent water from trapping inside the dinosaurs, do not immerse them in water. Pieces are not dishwasher safe.