Why do some dinosaurs have club tails? The Ankylosaurus was a slow moving dinosaur that was able to make quick movements when necessary. Maybe because it was slow, it needed another way to fight against it’s predators. The club tail is thought to be one of the Ankylosaurus’ ways to protect itself in combat.
This STEAM activity will examine the differences between a regular tail and a club tail and why a club tail was so much stronger than others.
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- Legos or another type of block
- (2) Pens, Pencils or Straws
Have your child stack the blocks or legos 6-8 inches high. Make a ball out of playdough and put it on one end of a pen or pencil to make a club.
Lightly tap the blocks using the pencil without the playdough. Take note on how the blocks fall (or if they didn’t!) Then try the experiment again using the pencil with the playdough. Did the blocks fall harder or easier with the playdough pencil?
Explain to your child that a weighted tail gives the dinosaur more power. Since the Ankylosaurus was a slow moving dinosaur, it wasn’t going to be able to outrun other species of dinosaurs and needed a strong method of fighting.