Ever wondered why kids love Dinosaurs so much?
Simply speaking it could be because kids like words that end in –est. Biggest, tallest, strongest… Maybe it has something to do with being so little. Maybe kids admire dinosaurs because they want to grow up to be the biggest, tallest, and strongest themselves.
It could also be because they’re so different, big, dangerous and scary, but fascinating. The fact they are extinct, sparks vivid imaginations of the adventures and the possibility of the ‘lost world’ where the Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago.
Dinosaurs, unlike monsters which too are very fascinating for kids, are not no make-believe. Dinosaurs are real monsters & children are absolutely fascinated by monsters , & they know, for a fact, that they’re no longer around. A dinosaur, no matter how huge and hungry, is thus rendered completely safe, since there’s no chance of accidentally running into one at the park, at summer camp or in one’s backyard.
Kids can use dinosaurs to act out their angry, violent feelings in fantasy. In that way, they can try out the feelings and get control of them.
Moreover most parents are thrilled when they see their young children’s interest in dinosaurs, an expert knowledge on a scientific topic. It’s fantasy, but educational. Believe it or not, until 20 years ago, most kids learned about dinosaurs from mounted skeletons in museums, and not computer-animated documentaries on The Discovery Channel or the BBC. Because they’re so big and so unfamiliar, dinosaur skeletons are somehow less creepy than the skeletons left by modern wolves or big cats (or human beings, for that matter). In fact, many kids prefer their dinosaurs in skeleton form–especially when they’re putting together scale-sized model such as the Geoworld Dinosaur kits.
Finally, and most important, dinosaurs are really, really cool. If you don’t get that, then you probably shouldn’t be reading this article in the first place. Perhaps you’d be more interested in learning about Electricity & Light.