Waterhouse Hawkins and the Nano Dinosphere Museum

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In this activity, learners explore dinosaurs and fossils by creating a diorama. First, learners are introduced to an amazing artist and dinosaur educator in the book "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins" by Barbara Kerley. In 1850, Hawkins along with fellow Englishman Sir Richard Owen created an exhibit that allowed people to see into the unknown world of dinosaurs for the first time. Learners create small versions of the Crystal Palace exhibit that depict dinosaurs, fossils and paleontologists. This activity can be used as a culminating experience to present at the end of a unit on dinosaurs. This activity is featured on pp. 53-54 of the "Dinosphere" unit of study for K-2 learners.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Fossils
      • Dinosaurs
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Evolution
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Historical Reenactment
  • Literature
  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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