Whenever I pull out our bin of toy DINOS my girls are obsessed! Their imaginations just go wild and they will PLAY and PLAY! With all that excitement I knew I had to create a DINO themed set of activities!
DINO SHAPES! How cute are these 2D shape puzzles? I am loving the fossil prints and little green dino shapes. This activity is great for practicing shape recognition and even includes a follow up tracing sheet for practicing formation.
Got a little one who’s ready to practice nonstandard measurement? Pull out this MEASURING DINOSAURS center for some fun hands-on practice. Invite your littles to use small objects, like snap cubes, to measure the height of each dino. If your little isn’t ready for actually measuring end to end, just use the cards and have them order by size.
REMEMBER there is always a way to differentiate to meet your little where they are and to keep things fun while learning.
COUNTING DINO EGGS is the perfect center style activity to work on number recognition and ten frame counting. I used dried pinto beans as counters and they made for perfect tiny dino eggs! The set includes numbers 1-10 and 11-20.
DINOSAUR PATTERN STRIPS are fun, easy to prep, and great for encouraging littles to identify and extend patterns. Remember each time your little creates a pattern, have them tell you it out loud to make sure it is correct. The set includes a follow-up sheet where your little can draw their own pattern.
You know I had to add in some DINOSAUR COLOR SORTING cards! There are so many fun ways to use these cards. Set them out with a colorful sensory bin and invite your littles to sort by color. Pick just a few, stick them on the wall BEHIND contact paper, then have your little add DINO TAILS! Get creative and let me know how you use yours!
Ready for some graphing fun? RAINBOW DINOSAUR ROLL AND GRAPH is an activity that focuses on color recognition and graphing. Roll the included dinosaur die, identify the color, then color a circle in that column. Which dino color will win?
One more math activity I’d like to share today is this simple SHAPE DINOSAUR craft! This one is SO FUN and easy to set up. Cut a few basic shapes out of construction paper – I love using Astrobrights. Set the paper out with scissors, glue, and markers and nvite your littles to create a shape dino! It’s always fun seeing what they come up with!
I was so excited when I came across these sweet little DINO letters that I knew I had to make a DINO UPPERCASE AND LOWERCASE MATCHING activity with them. For this one simply prep and create your letter puzzles then set them out for your littles to match. I suggest only setting out 5-7 at a time. Setting out all 26 at once can be overwhelming.
Now this DINO NAME CRAFT is the CUTEST! I mean, come on! Your kiddos will get in some scissor skills practice while cutting out the craft pieces and then they will practice ordering the letters in their name as they add dino teeth! If you’re in the classroom these look great hung on the wall and if at home they are the perfect fridge kid craft!
Are your littles into EMERGENT READERS? Both my girls LOVE these little books and are so proud of themselves as they browse through and read each page. Stack, staple, and cut for easy prep then use all week long for some dinosaur reading fun.
MORE FUN ACTIVITIES
In this set I also included some basic DINOSAUR PUPPET STICKS that are great for adding into sensory bins, pairing with your favorite dino story, or just using for dramatic play.
So, what do you think? I know we are thrilled to pull out these activities and dive in! If you want to check out this resource you can find it in my shop here. And if you’re not ready for dinos yet, but want to save these ideas, be sure to PIN the image below.
Happy DINO week!