Liam is on a dinosaur kick. I took him to the Science Center on Monday, a free attraction in our town. This animated dinosaur scared his mama half to death when she was his age. I prepared him for it, gave him a frame of reference. I told him the dinosaur was not real, and it was so tall its head was up at the top of an apple tree and it could eat an apple with one bite.
He loved it! He ran up to the Stegosaurus and said, "Aww, rhinoceros, you night-night?" His vocabulary is amazing for a 2 yr 2 month old wild child. He now calls it stegosaurus.
He looks like a sad little waif here, but actually he was jabbering away looking up at the huge creature, preparing his own dinosaur. "Big dinosaur not hurt you. It's not real, Big toy. Robot toy, dinosaur. Don't be afraid. It's okay."
He grabbed a paint brush and ran over to the big T Rex, raised the brush in the air and shouted, "Big dinsoaur, I paint your big teef?" Paint brushes have one use according to him: painting. One day he'll learn all about paleontology.
There is a glass enclosed pedestrian bridge over the interstate which connects the Planetarium and Science Center. Kids can use real radar guns to see how fast the cars are speeding by. There are also plexiglass viewing windows on the floor. Liam identified each shape and ran to look down on the cars zooming by. "I see the triangle window. Wow! Nana, look at the cars."