DINOSAUR THEME for #PLAYFULPRESCHOOL
Learning about DINOSAURS is fascinating for preschoolers (and adults, too)! To help celebrate INTERNATIONAL DINOSAUR MONTH (October), the #playfulpreschool blogging team has developed special activities to explore a Dinosaur Theme with your own preschoolers at home or in the classroom! We hope your kids enjoy exploring, learning, creating, and playing with us!
Fun Dinosaur Books to Introduce the Dinosaur Theme!
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Dinosaur Farm by Fran Preston-Gannon – this is a fun October dinosaur book as the farmer tends to his dinosaurs. If you haven’t picked up this new release, it’s a great one for the library at home or in the classroom!
Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs by Sandra Boynton – our toddlers and preschoolers still LOVE this book. Our copy is well worn, but the rhyme is second to none as only Sandra Boynton could do it!
Dinosaur Roar by Paul and Henrietta Strickland – the classic book for a dinosaur theme! Paul Strickland is one of our favorite authors/illustrators!
How do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague – our 3’s love this book! PreK kids may tire of it, but our 3 yr. olds ask to read it anytime we learn about dinosaurs (or someone brings a toy dino to share)!
10 Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Strickland – another classic dinosaur counting book that will keep older PreK kids engaged.
10 Little Dinosaurs – Pattie Schnetzler – our kids love this book (and we use the book as an introduction to many of our dinosaur math activities and the 5 hungry dinosaurs counting rhyme below).
5 Hungry Dinosaurs – a counting rhyme for preschool
5 Hungry Dinosaurs wading through the swamp,
The first one said, “Hey, I like to stomp!”
The second one said, “My stomach is really growling!”
The third one said, “Let’s go do some prowling!”
The fourth one said, “Let’s go get some food!”
The fifth one said, “Hey, I’m in a HUNGRY mood!”
5 Hungry Dinosaurs wading through the swamp,
They all are very hungry, CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP!
~Original Author Unknown
DINOSAUR THEME MATH and SCIENCE ACTIVITIES for PRESCHOOL
HATCHING DINO EGGS – a “What’s Missing?” math and colors game for preschool.
Materials needed: Plastic Easter Eggs (Dinosaur Eggs) and miniature colored dinosaurs. Fill the plastic eggs with a different color of dinosaur. Invite the children to “hatch” the dinosaur eggs and place the dinosaurs in a row. Encourage the children to hide their eyes with their hands (NO PEEKING!). Remove one dinosaur and have the children count how many are now left. Continue until all the dinosaurs are gone. Note: the children might also try to guess which COLOR of dinosaur is missing from the row.
For younger children use 5 or less dinosaur eggs to begin. Older children can use larger numbers of dinosaurs to play the game.
Extension idea: Fill the eggs with different colors of dinosaurs. Have the children “hatch” all of the eggs then sort the dinosaurs and group by color or classify by TYPE of dinosaur.
More preschool math and science extension activities for the miniature colored dinosaur set:
- Set the dinosaurs out in several baskets according to the number of children you have. While pointing to the dinosaurs, have the children work together to sort the baskets of dinosaurs into different colors. Which set has more? Which set has less? How do we know? There are two ways to tell: as a group, the children can match the numbers in the sets one by one; or count the sets to see which number is greater (more).
- The children can also sort the colored dinosaurs and classify by what they ate: Meat or Plants (carnivore or herbivore).
- The children can sort the dinosaurs by type/dinosaur name.
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FAMILY and HERITAGE THEME ACTIVITIES
Additional Dinosaur Activities for Preschool by the #PLAYfulPreschool Education Team:
Dinosaur Math Play by The Educators’ Spin On It
Dinosaur Dig for Fossil Puzzles by Mom Inspired Life
Dinosaur Theme for Preschool: Hatching DINO Eggs – Early Math & Science.by The Preschool Toolbox
Dinosaur Activities: Beginning Sound Fossil Matching by Growing Book by Book
Classification and Sorting of Dinosaurs by Rainy Day Mum
Can You Be A Dinosaur? by Learning 2 Walk
Dinosaur Sensory Play by Still Playing School
Dino-Gourd Dinosaur Egg Hunt by Capri + 3
Dinosaur Hatching by Tiny Tots Adventures
Dinosaur Hunting with Paint by Powerful Mothering
Hands-on Play-based Dinosaur Activities by Raising Lifelong Learners
Dinosaur Habitat Sensory Play With Slime by Little Bins for Little Hands
Backyard Dinosaur Dig by The Kennedy Adventures
What a fun activity for working on fine motor. Wish my dinos were little enough to fit in our plastic eggs =)
Those dino counters are on our wishlist!
Devany – I have two sets and we use them all the time. I usually have to go FIND them when we need counters as our kids use them for small world farm play.:) TY for your comment!
These are wonderful learning activities. I love the idea of having children guess which color dinosaur was taken away. That is a great memory challenge!
Theresa – memory challenges are fun! We play all kinds with our kids…sometimes, they are better than I am at remembering:) TY for your comment!
Danielle @ Mom Inspired Life says
Great ideas! Love the rhyme and will be using it with both kids today!
Danielle – our kids love it, too! Thanks so much for your comment!
Oh! I love this idea. I have loads of Easter eggs left over from throughout the years that we can use for this activity.
Natasha – we have loads of Easter Eggs too as I always hide them from myself (then find the day AFTER Easter)!:) Thanks for visiting and your comment!
Cerys from Rainy Day Mum says
Love this activity – I wish we could easily get plastic eggs in the UK I will have to order some to do this as for our Dino Party this year I found mini sets of dinosaurs.
Cerys – it would be great fun at a party! Our kids hide the dino eggs and do dino egg hunts for each other! It’s like EASTER during DINO DAYS:) lol. TY for your comment!
Jodie @ Growing Book by Book says
The dino rhyme is so cute. Can’t wait to sing it with my kids.
Jodie – it’s a cute one to do with the dinosaur theme!:) TY for your comment!
Colleen Kessler says
Fun! What a great idea to hatch the dinos from plastic eggs like that.
Colleen – thanks for visiting and your kind comment! It’s fun!
Love this activity and the book choices. We have some of them, but the others we’ll have to check out. Thanks so much for stopping by to share on our Facebook share day, I love seeing the creative things you’re up to 🙂