Learn about the prehistoric creatures that once lived on our planet through our Palaeontology collection's items relating to herbivore and carnivore dinosaurs.
- Early childhood learners, maximum 30 students
- $5 per student for a one-hour programme
- Term 4, Mon–Fri, 2017, Term 1, Wed-Fri, 2018
- Auckland Museum Weird & Wonderful discovery centre
- Curriculum links
- - Te Whāriki: early childhood curriculum
- Related galleries and exhibitions
Discover the carnivores and herbivores of the pre-historic past
Delivered from our Weird & Wonderful discovery centre, our Dinosaurs and Fossils programme aims to inspire early childhood learners to become future scientists and palaeontologists. Learners are spurred on a mission to become palaeontologists so they can discover various dinosaurs and and learn their identifying characteristics. This fun and interactive approach highlights well-known carnivore and herbivore dinosaurs while helping children learn what a palaeontologist does!
The programme aims to connect learners with the Museum's palaeontology collections, curators and scientists by:
- describing the role of an paleontologist
- investigating the different types of dinosaurs that were once found in New Zealand
- introducing learners to Joan Wiffen, the amateur paleontologist who helped discover that dinosaurs once lived in New Zealand
- encouraging children to engage and discover the handling collections and further explore the characteristics of these items
- observing and identifying the differentiating features of a variety of dinosaurs.