Winter and Keeping Cosy - Fascinated by Dinosaurs? - Take our fun quiz and see how much you know. Sue Gerrard January 23 2018, 0 Comments

Keeping cosy in Winter

Well school is well and truly back in full swing now and mums and dads are back at work.  With the wintry weather and the sun refusing to shine we can sometimes feel a little low on energy at this time of year, even a little sad. No wonder it's called the winter blues.

On the other hand if we embrace the positive aspects of Winter it can actually be a wonderful time of the year. Now is the time to sit around the fire with family and friends and enjoy great conversation, watch a movie or just curl up on the sofa with a good book and a warm drink. Lovely!

Maybe the Danish have it about right with their idea of hygge (pronounce hooguh). This beautiful concept is not just about fluffy cushions and woolly sweaters and Scandinavian style home décor.  It is essentially about

-time with family and friends

-nostalgia and gratitude

-enjoyment of the everyday

-the comfort of a warm hug

-embracing the peace of a moment of solitude

-living in the here and now

After the hustle and bustle (and yes even stress) of the Christmas and Holiday season hygge is the enjoyment of nothing much really happening…and that just about sums January up.  We seem to be just waiting for the longer days and warmer days of Spring or Easter when instead we could just enjoy and be thankful for the small things each day.

Dinosaurs- we are all fascinated!

It seems that nothing captures the imagination quite like Dinosaurs. It doesn’t matter if you are a boy or a girl, young or a little older we all seem to share the same fascination with dinosaurs.

Years ago we had the Jurassic Park movies- still great fun to entertain the whole family on a Sunday afternoon. For a more accurate take on these incredible creatures we have the brilliant Chris Packham and his “The Real T Rex” showing on BBC2.

There is so much we can learn about dinosaurs and we are lucky that there are lots of places to visit where we can learn and discover and be amazed.Here are some of our favourites;

The Natural History Museum, London

Here is the T-Rex exhibit from the Dinosaurs Gallery. Check out more here 

The National Museum of Scotland

If you are near to Edinburgh how about checking out The National Museum of Scotland where there are workshops for children of Nursery age  and Primary KS1. Find out more here.

The Dinosaur Museum of Dorchester

Only 7 miles from the famous World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast this is the place to learn about dinosaurs and go outdoors on the hunt for prehistoric fossils. Join the expedition and dig for fossils in the excavation pit.

Plan a visit here.

Here at Time to Dress Up HQ we are proud to be stockists of The Natural History Museum Dinosaur Costumes from Pretend to Bee. Choose from Tyranosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops costumes. Each is available in sizes 3-5 years, 5-7 years or 7-9 years. Check out the collection here.

Here is a fun dinosaur quiz- see how many answers you can get.

  1. The longest dinosaur was ARGENTINOSAURUS. Its remains were found in Argentina. It was also the heaviest dinosaur at 77 tones making him the biggest animal ever to have lived on earth. Wow.

 How long was he-  10 metres, 20 meters or 40 metres?

  1. At 13 metres tall what is the name of the TALLEST dinosaur?

Clue- fill in the gaps- B__CH__SA_R_S.

  1. Oh dear, one of our favourite dinosaurs is also the dumbest with a brain the size of a walnut and a body about 9 meters long. Who is he?

ST__GO___R_S

  1. What is the FIERCEST dinosaur called? No clues here, he is very famous!

One more thing. We love to hear from you so please join in the conversation, send us a comment or a photo for our site.

Till the next time,

Vicky and Sue