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Dinosaur Growth Chart


Isn’t this dinosaur growth chart cute? Six-year-old Emma made it, with a little help from four-year-old Johnny. I love the happy smile, and that she included a pen holder with a note to “Remember to measure tomorrow”.


I think she originally intended to write “Remember to measure your height tomorrow”, but she didn’t know where to start with spelling “height”, and I was asleep. This is what my kids get up to in the mornings at 5:30am, before I’m up for the day.


I also adore the very happy sun! They were immensely proud of reaching high enough on the wall (with the help of a chair, which, happily, they placed with the back against the wall to prevent falls) to put that sun up!


Don’t you think this brightens up our dining room? I’m contemplating a wee felt stuffed dinosaur as a Christmas present for someone… :)

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

13 thoughts on “Dinosaur Growth Chart”

  1. MaryAnne you should be SO proud! I wish my kids would be so creative while we slept instead of turning on the TV. Any tips? I’m so so impressed, give them big hugs from me!

    1. Thanks, Isra! Have you ever tried setting up an “invitation to play”? Basically you set a few things out (toys or craft supplies) where they will see them right when they wake up, with a note if they can read inviting them to see what they can do with them. That’s what I do when we’re in a rut; these craft supplies are also always out for them to use.

      As for TV, our ancient television can’t handle the new digital channels, so their only viewing option is Netflix – and, so far, they don’t know how to access that on their own!

  2. I just love that your kids create and let you sleep and that instead of waking you up to ask how to spell height Emma made her own plan. What incredible kids you have!

    1. They make plenty of messes, but thanks to our old TV that can’t handle digital channels we don’t have any TV outside of Netflix, and they don’t know (yet) how to turn Netflix on by themselves!

  3. How awesome is that! I love that your kids are so creative. Anna knows better than to wake us up too, but she spends her time reading rather than creating.

  4. Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It

    We have early morning risers at our house too. I love the little love notes and crafts that get created first thing in the morning, some how they just tickle your heart with their thoughtfulness. This dinosaur is so cute! I can imagine a duplicate in felt wrapped under the tree this xmas.

  5. Elisa | blissfulE

    Love the creativity! And the sun!! Sounds like there will be a lot of height measuring going on at your house! :)

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