Studies Show Kids Who Are Obsessed With Dinosaurs Are Better Learners And Smarter Kids

It’s official. Your kid’s all-consuming love of dinosaurs will actually benefit them in the long run. Also, it’ll likely go away in the next few months, at most a few years, so you don’t have to talk about velociraptors forever and you’ll eventually be able to stop telling people all your son wants for his birthday and Christmas is dinosaur-related items.

They could develop a love of anything from dinosaurs to insects to Minecraft to Disney princesses, and even though you may be tired of watching Frozen for the umpteenth time, it could lead to a smarter child.

The Odds Of An Obsession

Dinosaur exhibition at Australian Museum in Sydney 2008
Photo Credit: Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images
Photo Credit: Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images

Rather than calling it an obsession, researchers have taken to calling your child’s enthusiasm for dinosaurs as an “intense interest” which tend to burn bright and fast. A child’s intense interest will typically only last between six months to three years.

A third of all children will develop an intense interest (though not necessarily to dinosaurs), most often between the ages of 2 and 6. Psychologists believe these intense interests are a big confidence booster for young kids because “that’s their first taste of mastery, of being an expert in something” said Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara.