Dinosaurs are a preschool favorite. Young kids are fascinated by these large animals and when it comes to finding a topic that will draw their attention you are bound to see more children will love a dinosaur theme more than anything else. These Dinosaur Lesson Plans and activities will help you put together a great preschool theme.
Dinosaur Preschool Activities
Dinosaur Preschool Lesson Plans
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To draw your children into this theme find a field trip. This can be a museum exhibit, a dinosaur dig at the local zoo, or even a trip to T-Rex Cafe if you’re lucky enough to be traveling down to Orlando. These activities bring your preschool theme to life for your child.
Dinosaur Books for Kids
Gather as many books as you can find to teach your child about dinosaurs. Try to make it a nice mix of fact and fiction to make it fun and exciting for everyone. Have your child help you explore the library or book basket for books they’d like to read.
Gather up all of your dinosaur toys to use for imaginary play or sensory bins. Toys allow you to bring dinosaurs right into your home. Use them in playdough to make dinosaur footprints, add dinosaurs and rocks to your sensory bins for some small world play, and place them around the house or classroom for your kids to play and explore.
A great project to work on with your preschooler is studying fossils. You can make your own fossils with any simple salt dough recipe or this super cool DIY excavating activity.
You can also place oven-safe items into a small rolled out bit of play dough, bake for a couple of minutes and remove the objects to leave behind the fossils.
Gross Motor Activities for Preschool
Use craft supplies and recyclables to create dinosaur costumes including large stomping feet and tails. Doing these fun activities are a great way to work gross motor skills in, and it will allow your children to pretend to be a dinosaur stomping around, exploring the world around them in new and exciting ways.
Dinosaur Science Activities
Create a dinosaur dig with this recipe here. Bury dinosaur toys in this paste and allow it to dry. Give your child a chisel, mallet, and some paint brushes to dig and explore freeing the dinosaurs just like paleontologists discover dinosaur fossils. This is such a fun dinosaur excavation activity.
If you would like the option to have your child use screen time for this preschool theme the show Dinosaur Train is a great one. This cartoon takes your child back to meet dinosaurs in each of the time periods they formerly lived.
Dinosaur Activities Preschool
Dinosaur themed preschool printables are also a great way to incorporate learning into your theme. Using the printables and ideas here should make putting together a well-rounded preschool theme easy.
For a little added fun place small toy dinosaurs inside water balloons with water and freeze them. Check out this great sensory activity here; it’s the perfect way to cool your child off on a hot summer day. Plus all kids love playing with these frozen dinosaur eggs.
Preschool Dinosaur Crafts
For a preschool dinosaur craft, you can make a dinosaur skeleton with your child using pasta or q-tips for a fun exploration of the bones that make up fossils. Use black construction paper as the background and create your 3D dinosaur skeleton.
Explore and have fun with this theme. The books, science kits, videos, and other resources available to you are endless. Mix and match hands-on activities to create the perfect preschool dinosaur lesson plans.
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