Kids of all ages love dinosaurs! These
mysteries of another era are fascinating, larger than life, and even sometimes
a bit scary. Children
experience feelings of amazement, excitement and wonder when they learn about
the prehistoric giants that once ruled the earth. Whether it is hearing tales
from millions of years ago or visiting museums containing dinosaur artifacts
it is evident that the topic of dinosaurs have the ability to hold children’s
attention captive like nothing else. These prehistoric creatures open children
up to the wonders of the world at large, the vastness of nature, and the magic
of days past. Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs captures
this world of wonder in a fun filled, child friendly way. However, the
characters featured in Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs are true
to their species and have been fundamentally designed based on archaeological
and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs assists parents in educating young children
in a gentle, interactive and most importantly fun way. We invite you to
become familiar with our DINO SMART! Hopefully Harry and his friends can
help your child take the first step to becoming "DINO SMART!" and subsequently
create a yearning for more knowledge regarding prehistoric world and all that
Here are some of the
facts Sid learned about Scelidosaurus while studying his books
1. Scelidosaurus is pronounced Skel-EE-duh-SORE-us
2. The name Scelidosaurus means “ribbed lizard.”
3. Sid’s teeth are leaf-shaped! He’s a plant eater and leaves are
among his favorite foods. What kind of leaves do you like to eat? (Hint: lettuce
is a kind of leaf!)
4. Scelidosaurus is related to the Stegosaurus. Some call them “sister” dinosaurs.
But others say Scelidosaurus was more like a grandma or grandpa, because they
came earlier in time.
5. Sid walks on all fours, but his back legs are longer than his front legs.
This means his bum sticks up in the air and his head stays low to the ground.
Try walking on all fours like Sid!
6. Could Sid fit in your house?
Sid is about as tall as a refrigerator (5 ft/1.5 m). So he could easily get through
your front door. But he is much longer than he is tall. You’d need to line
up 2 or 3 sofas in a row to be the same length (13 ft/ 4 m). You might not have
a room big enough to hold him – or his books!
7. Sid’s mouth is like a parrot’s beak. This helped him eat tough
8. The plates on a scelidosaurus’ back are called “scutes.” How
many words can you think of that rhyme with “scutes?” (Hint: boots)
9. Sid lived in the early Jurassic period. That makes him older than most of
his other dinosaur pals.
10. You’d need to stack fourteen 4-year-old children on a scale all together
to equal Sid’s weight!
11. The scientist Richard Owen gave Sid the name “Scelidosaurus.” He
also invented the word “Dinosaur.”
12. Sid has rows of knobby bumps along his sides that are shaped like ice-cream
cones! How many items shaped like cones or triangles can you find in your house?
13. Scelidosaurus lived in North America and Europe. Can you find Sid’s
homelands on a world map?
Would you like Patsy
for your friend? Here are some other facts you might like to know about this
giant, and giant-hearted, dinosaur:
1. Apatosaurus is pronounced Ah-PAT-uh-SORE-us
2. Apatosaurus ate mostly tough, plant foods. But they couldn’t use their
teeth to chew it up! So how did they mash up the plants so they could digest
them? They swallowed stones! The stones acted like grinding teeth inside their
3. The necks of these dinosaurs were so long and heavy they probably couldn’t
lift their heads very high off the ground. Instead, they used their necks to
mow down low lying ferns and other plants, or to reach plants in lakes and other
hard to reach spots.
4. What do an Apatosaurus and a Moose have in common? They both use thick, rubbery
lips to grab and gather plant foods.
5. An Apatosaurus’ neck was more than 40 ft/12.5 m long. That’s about
the length of a school bus!
6. Apatosaurus really did have a huge heart! It had to be both extra-big and
extra-powerful to pump blood all the way to the dinosaur’s head. Jump up
and down 30 times to feel your heart pumping.
7. Apatosaurus lived during the late Jurassic period. That was about 150 million
8. Apatosaurus was a Native American. Apatosaurus fossils are found in Colorado,
Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. Can you find these states on a U.S. map?
9. Apatosaurus had teeth shaped like pencils! Can you use a colored pencil to
draw a pencil shape?
10. The name Apatosaurus means “deceptive lizard.” Does this mean
Patsy is sneaky? Of course not! The dinosaur got its name because its bones look
like a lot of other dinosaurs’ bones. Its fossils deceived, or fooled,
the scientists who studied them.
11. The Apatosaurus was once called a brontosaurus. That name means “thunder
lizard.” What kind of sound do you think Patsy makes as she lumbers through
12. Patsy’s nostrils are located on the top of her head! What other animals
do you think have “noses” like this? (Hint: whale)
13. Fossilized footprints tell scientists that Apatosaurus was a sloooow walker.
How slowly can you walk??
14. Apatosaurus eggs were about the size of a basketball (1 ft/30 cm wide). Can
you find other items in your house that are about the same size?
Do you think Trike is really a wizard? Find
out more about his magic below:
1. Triceratops is pronounced Tri-SEH-ruh-tops.
2. Triceratops’ #1 enemy was the T-Rex.
3. Triceratops probably lived in groups, or herds, like modern day elephants
4. The scientist who found the first Triceratops skeleton thought he had found
5. Triceratops lived in North America during the Cretaceous Age. That was 70
million years ago.
6. The frill on the back of Trike's head was probably used to protect his neck.
But some scientist thought it was used to attract a mate or as a way to let off
excess heat, like internal air conditioning! Use a scarf to fashion a neck-protector
of your own! (If you do, you might also need internal air conditioning….)
7. Each of the two long horns on Trike’s head were about the size of a
yard- or meter-stick. Use a yard- or meter-stick to find things in your house
that are as long as Trike’s horns.
8. Trike's horns are covered with the same stuff as your fingernails!
9. Most dinosaurs couldn’t chew. But Triceratops could! It had lots of
teeth in its cheeks!
10. The triceratops’ eyes were on the sides of its face. This helped it
keep a sharp look out for predators. What other animals can you think of that
have eyes like this? (hint: deer)
11. Triceratops weighed as much as three cars. They normally didn’t move
fast, but when they charged, watch out!!!!
12. The triceratops had a huge head. It was about one-third the size of his body
and from front to back measured as long as a full grown man (6 ft/2m) is tall.
13. Triceratops lived in the Western parts of Canada and the United States. Can
you guess what other type of dinosaur lived there too?
What else do you know about Tyrannosaurus Rex?
Check out these cool facts:
1. Tyrannosaurus Rex is pronounced Tie-RAN-uh-SORE-us REX.
2. T-Rex had more than 50 teeth. To see how many that is, line up 50 paper clips
in a row. That’s a lot of teeth! Psst: kids like you have about 20 teeth!
3. T-Rex had bumpy skin like an alligator’s.
4. CHOMP! T-Rex could eat up to 500 pounds (230 kg) of meat and bones in one
5. Do you think the tooth fairy visited dinosaurs? She visited T-Rex! When a
T-Rex’s teeth got worn down, they would fall out so new ones could grow
6. T-Rexes were a little taller than a modern day giraffe. They could look right
into a second story window if they lived today.
7. Scientists believe that T-Rex had the largest brain, the best eyesight and
the best sense of smell of all the dinosaurs that lived at the same time as they
8. T-Rexes had a special bone we call “the wishbone.” What kind
of modern animal has a “wishbone?” If you say a bird, you’d
be right! Look for the wishbone the next time you have a chicken dinner, and
wish for something nice for Taury.
9. T-Rex was a speedy runner. He may have run as fast as 15 miles per hour (24
kilometers per hour). That’s about how fast you might travel on your bicycle – going
10. The T-Rex’s stiff pointed tail helped him make quick turns when he
11. T-Rex fossils have been found in the United States, in Canada, and in Mongolia.
Can you find these countries on a world map?
12. T-Rex had very short arms, and “hands” with only two “fingers.”
13. In the famous fairy tale, the “big bad wolf” had very big eyes – “the
better to see you with!” So did T-Rex. A T-Rex eyeball would have measured
about 3 inches/7.6 cm across. That’s about the size of a tennis ball.
Pterence may be tiny but he has tons of talents.
Check out these Ptera-facts:
1. Pterodactyl is pronounced TEH-ruh-DACK-tul.
2. The word “pterodactyl” means “winged finger.”
3. Pterence doesn’t have feathers. But he may have had some fur to keep
4. Scientists now think pterodactyls were probably warm-blooded – just
5. Although pterodactyls lived at the same time as dinosaurs, they were not dinosaurs.
They were flying reptiles, and more closely related to crocodiles.
6. Pterodactyls had hollow bones. Hollow bones are lighter than regular bones.
They make it easier to fly. What kind of animal today do you think has hollow
bones? If you say birds, you’d be right!
7. The pterodactyl is the smallest of the group of flying reptiles called pterosaurs.
It lived in flocks, like bats or seagulls, usually near water. The flocks roosted
in trees and caves.
8. Pterodactyls were carnivores. That means they ate meat, probably fish, shellfish
9. Their wings were made of a tough leathery material, like bat’s wings.
10. Clawed “fingertips” on their wings helped pterodactyls grab food.
A long fourth “Finger” kept their wings stiff for flying. Can you
hold out your fourth fingers and flap your “wings” like Pterence??
11. The smallest pterodactyls, like Pterence, had wingspans that were only a
few inches/centimeters long, about the size of your index finger. Bigger pterodactyls
had wingspans over 40 ft/13 m long. That’s the size of a small jet!
12. There were more than 60 different types of pterosaurs!
13. Pterosaurs were probably smarter than dinosaurs of the same size. They had
bigger and more developed brains.
14. Pterodactyl fossils have been found in North America, Europe, Africa, and
Australia. Can you find these continents on a world map?
Steggy Stegosaurus is a dino -star. Everyone
knows who he is! Do you know these facts about him?
1. Stegosaurus is pronounced STEG-uh-SORE-us.
2. The 17 plates on Steggy’s back are lined up in two alternating rows.
They are kite or diamond shaped. Can you draw a kite shape?
3. Steggy likes to walk with his tail held up high in the air. A full grown man
could walk underneath it without getting hit!
4. Steggy has five toes on each front foot, but only three on each back foot!
5. Steggy’s head is very small for his body, about the size of a dog. His
brain is only the size of a small dog biscuit!
6. Stegosaurus had 4 spikes on his tail. They each measured 2-3 ft/60-90cm long.
That’s about as long as your leg!
7. The tail spikes are called thagomizers. They got the name from a popular cartoon!
(the Far Side)
8. Steggy was just a little bit bigger than a modern elephant.
9. The plates on Steggy’s back were hollow!
10. The most complete Stegosaurus skeleton was found it Colorado. It was nicknamed
Spike! Can you find Colorado on a United States map?
11. Do you think it would be possible to steal footprints? It is if they are
fossilized Stegosaurus footprints! The only known set was stolen from Australia
12. Steggy lived in the late Jurassic period, at the same time and place as T-Rex
13. Steggy was not a speedy walker. His average walking speed was only about
the same as an average person’s.