Sometimes, an intense interest comes out of repeated exposure to something combined with the right timing.
Kai had a vague interest in dinosaurs off and on, but it really blossomed through a combination of factors: a dissolving “hatching” dinosaur egg seen at the science center, wanted, and received for Christmas, a viewing of Jurassic Park, a bit of creativity, books checked out from the library, a DVD of a mini-serious called Prehistoric Park (happened upon accidentally at the library), and a birthday gift of a set of dinosaurs.
So, Kai has been studying dinosaurs. And playing dinosaurs. And pretending to be a dinosaur.
Dinosaurs battling penguins.
Jurassic Park, the first.
Note the “J” for “Jurassic Park.”
Attempting to climb over a large hill/mountain.
….and being covered in lava.
“All the other dinosaurs turned on Ceratosaurus.”
More dinosaur battles.
Using what’s around him, including the cat’s string.
Jurassic Park, the second. On the paper, he’s drawn lines dividing it.
The water dinosaur is hanging out, just offshore.
The dinosaurs bust off the island.
He has learned so much from playing. He’s gotten better at identifying which dinosaur is which. The “T-Rex with the horn on his nose” became “the Ceratosaurus.” He pointed out that Ceratosaurus sounds like Triceratops and was, with minimal prompting, able to come up with what “cera” might mean. When protested the name of the Stegosaurus and the Plateosaurs (“Why is it called Stegosaurs when THAT is the one with the plates on it?”), we researched why it was called that.
Children learn so much through play. I doubt he’d have picked up so much without the freedom to play as he wanted with them.
And the dinosaurs are STILL running amuck around here…