Is your child interested in different types of dinosaurs? Do you need a quick and easy primer for instant dinosaur identification? This short list of fun dinosaurs will help you quickly identify important features and distinguish between different types of dinosaurs.
This dinosaur walked on its two hind legs and was the dinosaur world's most dangerous predator.
This dinosaur lumbered about on all fours, eating plants and hiding from predators. It depended on its plated armor, which looked a bit like a tortoise shell, for self-defense.
We parents grew up calling this big beauty the Brontosaurus, but this giant herbivore is now called an Apatosaurus. One of the largest dinosaurs to ever live, this plant-eater is characterized by a huge body and a long, snakelike neck.
This long-necked dino is one of the biggest dinosaurs to have existed. It resembles Apatosaurus but is even larger.
This dinosaur is called the shark lizard, although it was more like a cross between a crocodile and a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
When you think of Deinonychus, remember that the D is for deadly. This meat-eater was one of the best hunters. It's appearance closely resembles that of raptor dinosaurs and it stood about 12 feet tall.
Looking for a long dinosaur? This dinosaur was probably the longest dinosaur around. This dinosaur's head was so heavy, it probably couldn't even lift its head above its shoulders. Scientists believe this dinosaur walked with its head stretched way out in front of its long body, using its tail to balance.
This dinosaur had a curved claw on one toe like a Velociraptor, feathers and a long, feathered tail. Researchers aren't sure if this dinosaur is an ancestor of birds or a bipedal descendant of a flying creature.
Think T-Rex is scary? This was the largest meat-eater ever to walk the Earth, weighing 8 tons and measuring around 55 feet in length. Spinosaurus has a more elongated body than other carnivorous dinosaurs, as well as a distinctive dorsal sail.
This dinosaur had huge plates along its spine. Interestingly enough, these plates were probably more for cooling and warming the dinosaur than for defense, since the plates were not strong enough to provide any defensive value.
With a body structure similar to a hippo, this dinosaur was big, heavy and horned.
It is speculated that this dinosaur might have been the smartest. This dinosaur was only about the size of a grown man, but it had a brain the size of a man's brain and was a stealthy hunter. Troodon looked a bit like a raptor, but had eyes set more toward the front of its face, possibly giving it three-dimensional vision.
This was one of the largest carnivores of the dinosaur era. It's six-inch teeth could easily rip apart its prey. Researchers are still unsure of how this animal used its tiny forearms.
This raptor dinosaur was the size of a grown man. It ran very quickly, had 3.5-inch-long retractable claws and was very intelligent. It is believed that these dinosaurs were social creatures that hunted in packs.
Although T-Rex, Pteranodon and Stegosaurus are all extinct, some of the animals that lived with them are still alive today. Learn about these living fossils, which could be as close as your own back yard.
Try sharing some dinosaur facts with your child to separate reality from the movies and to encourage an interest in science.
Try these creative dinosaur activities that will entertain kids and teach lessons about dinosaur sizes and behavior.