While we are lost in the land of Dinosaurs, we are not just learning about natural history. Kids develop language skills, practice math, engage their senses and more through Dinosaur activities.
Below I’ve collected some of our all time favorite Dinosaur activities – and a few new ones I can’t wait to try.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Music and Movement
- Listen and move to Wee Sing & Learn: Dinosaurs (affiliate link). This wonderful book and CD combo gets kids counting and learning basic facts about dinosaurs while they sing and dance along.
- Read Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields (affiliate link). Encourage your kids to move along while you read this fun dinosaur book. Then, choose a fun song and create your own Dinosaur Dance.
- Sing Ten Little Dinosaurs (to the tune of 10 little Indians)
1 little, 2 little, 3 little Dinosaurs
4 little, 5 little, 6 little Dinosaurs
7 little, 8 little, 9 little Dinosaurs
10 little Dinosaurs
Add to the fun by singing 10 Big Dinosaurs, 10 Slow Dinosaurs and 10 Fast Dinosaurs.
- Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland (affiliate link). Learn about opposites with this fun Dinosaur themed book.
- Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton (affiliate link) is a wonderful and simple dinosaur book for bedtime or anytime.
- Big Book of Dinosaurs (affiliate link). This book is like an encyclopedia of dinosaurs for kids. Learn the names of several dinosaurs as well as facts about each one.
In addition to these fun books, visit your local library to find some “adult” books about dinosaurs. Look for realistic illustrations along with some quality factual information.
Pick out a few facts about each dinosaur pictured in the book to share with your kids. This will give a realistic idea of what dinosaurs were like – unlike the cartoony pictures of dinosaurs we often see in books for preschoolers.
- Make some Oobleck for your plastic dinosaurs to tromp through.
- Add dinosaurs to the playdough table. Make tracks in the dough or build your dinos a home.
- Bury plastic dinosaurs in the sand or dirt. Invite your kids to hunt for them like archaeologists. Use clean chicken bones in place of toy dinosaurs for extra fun.
- Be creative and practice matching skills with this project. Provide paint, paper and plastic dinosaurs at the art table. Invite your kids to make dinosaur tracks on the paper. Once your tracks are dry, try to match up which dinosaur made which tracks.
- Make Dinosaur Stick Puppets with your kids with this printable template from First Pallet. This fun project also inspires dramatic play!
- Create a dinosaur habitat for using felt, blocks and boxes. Model it after this African Savannah Play Set.
More Dinosaur Activities
- Learn how to make your own fossil imprints (and find a few more ideas) at Living Montessori Now.
- Make dinosaur eggs for your kids to hatch. Instructions at Instructables.com.
- Practice counting and number recognition with this printable activity from Teaching Mama.
- Check out this great Dinosaur Floor Puzzle by Melissa and Doug (affiliate link).