Support for PBS Parents provided by:

  • Cat in the Hat
  • Curious George
  • Daniel Tiger
  • Dinosaur Train
  • Odd Squad
  • Peg + Cat
  • Sid the Science Kid
  • Super Why!
  • Wild Kratts
  • Martha Speaks
  • WordGirl
  • Thomas & Friends
  • Arthur
  • Sesame Street
  • The Electric Company
  • Cyberchase
  • Between the Lions
  • Mama Mirabelle
  • Caillou
  • Chuck Vanderchuck
  • Oh Noah
  • Fetch!
  • Fizzy's Lunch Lab
  • Maya & Miguel
  • Mister Rogers
  • Postcards from Buster
  • Clifford
  • SciGirls
  • Wilson & Ditch
  • WordWorld
  • DragonFly TV
  • ZOOM
Dinosaur Discoveries

Have a Brachiosaurus Picnic

Help your child prepare a vegetarian (herbivore) picnic.



  1. Show your child a picture of a Brachiosaurus, and have him practice saying this species’ name [BRAK-ee-oh-SAWR-us]. Ask him to guess what type of food he thinks this dinosaur ate. After listening to all his suggestions, explain that Brachiosaurus ate only plants, therefore it was an “herbivore” like many other dinosaurs, such as Triceratops. (If you wish, you can also introduce the terms “carnivores” for meat-eaters and “omnivores” for animals that ate both plants and animals.)
  2. Have your child watch a video clip from “Dinosaur Poop!” (above), in which the characters talk about a special Brachiosaurus Brunch, and play Hide and Seek (and discover that the big boulders they are hiding behind are actually Brachiosaurus feces!)
  3. Plan a Brachiosaurus Brunch, using the Recipes and Games page to give you some ideas. Discuss why it is important to wash your hands before you eat, and after you use the bathroom.
  4. During the Brachiosaurus Brunch, watch the video clip of the song “Every Dinosaur Poops” (above) — and talk about why every animal needs to go. Ask: What might happen if an animal didn’t poop out the parts of food its body didn’t need? (Eventually, the animal would die.)

Take it Further

  • Your child can learn how scientists use the feces of animals today (as well as fossilized feces called coprolites) to learn about animals’ dietary habits.
  • Your child can go to library to learn about dung beetles — and other insects that use the poop of larger animals as their food source. In this episode, Buddy has a hypothesis that one animal’s waste can provide nutrition for other smaller animals.

You May Also Like

  • aliysah

    hi friends are you doing well because you are my cuzin and i want to see you in the face and i will be suprized if i se buzzy and lin because miguel is so fabuous

  • aliysah

    i love you aliysah cutie

  • aliysah

    do like me aliysah

  • aliysah

    know i dont like you jitt you ugly and let me talk to your sus

Produced by: Support from:
Henson Company logo   Gymboree Chuck E. Cheese
2012 The Jim Henson Company. JIM HENSON'S mark & logo, DINOSAUR TRAIN mark & logo, characters and elements are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. All Rights Reserved.

What's this?

PBS Parents Picks

  1. DIY Spinning Carousel image

    DIY Spinning Carousel

    Want to make a fun DIY toy that moves? This kinetic carousel spins wildly and demonstrates potential and kinetic energy.

  2. Easy Italian Cheesecake image

    Easy Italian Cheesecake

    In this recipe, the cheesecake filling can be made in a blender. (A great opportunity for your kids to help!)

  3. From Our Sponsor image

    From Our Sponsor

    Learn more about Mighties™ kiwi, the easy-to-eat, nutrient-rich healthy snack.

PBS Parents Newsletter

Find activities, parenting tips, games from your child's favorite PBS KIDS programs and more.