Papier Mache Dinosaur Egg
Cover a balloon with newspaper strips and
papier mache paste. When dry, paint the egg with the kids, discussing the
color of "real" dinosaur eggs. Make a nest for the egg in the corner of
the room and after a few days cut it open (out of sight of the kids!) and
put in a handful of the teeny tiny plastic dinosaurs (available at $ stores).
Use these little dinosaurs for activities throughout the rest of the theme
Put cornmeal in the water table instead
of water. Collect washed and bleached chicken bones and I hide these
in the cornmeal. Include magnifying glasses, paint brushes, trays to put
the bones on, plastic bags for collecting.
Dinosaur Cereal Art
Cut out dinosaur shapes from cardboard and
have the children glue cereal on to add texture. When the glue has dried
the children can paint their dinosaurs!
Ask each child to bring one item for a fossil.
This will need to be something the child does not expect back! (e.g.. McDonalds
toy, hair barrette, lego, bottle caps, etc.) This is a group activity.
Make a bed of sand in the bottom of a box, press all the items gently into
the sand, pour in plaster of paris to cover all items. When it dries, pop
it out of the box and the kids can brush away the sand to see their very
Plant or Meat Eaters
Serve celery and smoked sausage for snack.
Discuss how some dinosaurs eat only plants and some eat only meat. Ask
the children what type of eaters they would be.
Dino Bean Bag Toss
Decorate different sized boxes with dinosaur
shapes. Have the kids toss bean bags into the boxes. You can assign different
points to each box to make it more challenging.
hardening clay - give each child enough to make a 2" ball. Have them
flatten it with their palm and make a hole in the top with a straw. They
can now make "fossil" prints in the flat surface of the clay using small
chicken bones, small plastic dinosaurs, leaves...etc.
Walk on Dinosaurs Back
With a balance beam or tape on the floor,
have the children practice "walking" on a dinosaurs back.
Have the children cut 2 dinosaur shapes
(the same) from brown paper bags. Let the decorate them as they wish with
markers, etc. Staple around the outside edge and stuff with newspaper for
a 3D dinosaur!
Dino Laid an Egg
Tune of: This Old Man
She laid one
She laid one egg
Then was done.
Oh-Oh, she lays dino eggs
Lays them one by one,
She lays eggs until she is done.
She laid two
She laid two eggs
That were blue. Repeat
She laid three
She laid three eggs
By a tree. Repeat
She laid four
She laid four eggs
Not one more. Repeat
She laid five
She laid five eggs
That hatched ALIVE! Repeat
I'm a Mean Old Dinosaur
Tune of: I'm A Little
I'm a mean old dinosaur (make a mean frown)
Big and tall. (stretch arms high
Here is my tail, (point to imaginary
And here is my claw. (curl fingers on
When I get all hungry, (rub tummy)
I just growl. (growl the word "growl"
with hands round mouth)
Look out kids... (reach out arms)
I'm on the prowl. (lunge left and right)
Tune of "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear"
Shook the ground.
Some gave fear.
Wish you were here!
I'd Like to Be a Dinosaur
Tune of "Mary Had a Little
I'd like to be a dinosaur, dinosaur, dinosaur
And if I were a dinosaur, I would be a _________.
(Each child can chose which dinosaur
they would like to be!)
Toasted Dino Shapes
Toast wheat bread. Let the kids cut dinosaur
shapes with cookie cutters. Tint softened cream cheese with green
food coloring and let the kids spread it on their own toast.
Using soft pretzel dough, or biscuit dough,
let the kids shape their own dinosaur bones. Bake and eat!
Make pistachio pudding as per package instructions.
Cut fruit into large pieces and dip into pudding!
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