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  • Play — As Germain Duclos said so well, "[translation] For a child, pleasure is what we call happiness." The degree of pleasure my children feel is the barometer of my success as an educator.
  • Flexibility — The dinosaur activity would never have happened without flexibility. I believe it is wise to guide the children's steps rather than direct them. Adapting to their whims and pace is a guarantee of richness, development and wonder.
  • Safety — Avoid easily breakable bones and bones that are too small and be sure that you remove all the meat and cartilage from them. If you can't find real bones, you can get plastic bones or make some out of papier-mâché. In a worst-case scenario, even pictures will do the trick.