Dippy on tour

Aimed at primary aged children, this collection provides cross-curricular activities linked to the Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure  which sees the Natural History Museum's iconic Diplodocus cast, Dippy, on a Natural History Adventure across the UK. Resources are designed to enrich Science, Maths, English, DT, Music, Drama and PE lessons. Use them to give an introduction to Dippy, dinosaurs, and explore their similarities with birds, their closest living relatives.

These activities have been provided by the Natural History Museum to support Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure from early 2018 to late 2020. Dippy is a catalyst for exploring different aspects of the natural world along the eight-stop tour to museums and cultural hubs.


Dinosaur timeline

In this activity children create an arm-span timeline to help visualise a very long period of time. Working individually or in pairs they use their arm span to represent the whole age of the Earth, putting in key events in evolution.

This resource is part of a larger collection created to support Dippy on...

Longest bone

In this activity, which links to mathematics and science children create a life-size paper model of Dippy’s thigh bone. They measure and record the length of their own thigh bones and compare them to the length of Dippy’s from the life-size paper model. Children then compare their heights to the length of Dippy’s...

Birmingham: the big bird watch

In this activity, children develop field skills in animal identification and compare extinct animals with their living descendants. They take part in a 20 minute birdwatching survey in their school grounds, identifying and recording different birds that they see. They consider the characteristics of all birds, then...

Dorset: Jurassic forest

In this resource children are challenged to create a Jurassic forest in the classroom. They explore the kinds of animals and plants that would have lived there and find similarities and differences to plants living today. The activities link to aspects of learning about living things in their environment and the...

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