Fine Motor: Art
  • Dinosaur mural: Tape a large piece of fingerpaint paper to a large surface and use sponges shaped like dinosaurs, trees, etc. to make a prehistoric scene.
  • Color / paint dinosaur pictures.
  • Make dinosaur eggs.
  • Cereal Dinosaurs: Glue pieces of cereal to dinosaur outlines. After the glue is dry, paint the 3-D dinosaur.
Language: Rhymes / Fingerplays
  • Disappearing Dinosaurs: Five noisy dinosaurs / Roar, roar, roar / One decided not to play / Then there were four. / Four busy dinosaurs / Climbing up a tree / One slipped and fell and she ran home / Then there were three. / Three silly dinosaurs / Playing in the goo / One heard his mommy calling him / He ran off and there were two. / Two cranky dinosaurs / Tired of the sun / One laid down to take a nap / Then there was one./ One hungry dinosaur / Hurries home for a bite / She eats her dinner and takes a bath / Goodnight, dinosaurs, goodnight!
  • One Friendly Dinosaur : One friendly dinosaur wanted to play peek-a-boo. / She found another, then there were two. / Two friendly dinosaurs looked behind a tree. / They found another, then there were three. / Three friendly dinosaurs went to find some more. / They found another, and then there were four. / Four friendly dinosaurs in the water did dive. / They found another, and then there were five. / Five friendly dinosaurs played in the sun. / They all ran to hide; now there are none.
  • Hiding Dinosaurs: Dinosaur, Dinosaur, / Where can you be? / Hiding behind me (hands behind back) / Where you cannot see. / Now you see one(bring out one hand) ; / It's waiting for you. / Here comes another, (bring out other hand) / And now you see two!
  • Dinosaurs: Dinosaurs lived long ago. / Some walked (stomp in place) / Some swam (pretend to swim) / Some flew, you know! (flap arms at sides) / Some were big (hold hands high) / Some were small (hold hands low) / Some were gigantic--(stretch arms out wide) / V-e-r-y tall! (stretch arms up high)
  • Dinosaur Bones : Let's look for bones, / dig, dig, dig. / Dinosaur bones, / big, big, big. / Back to the lab, / zip, zip, zip. / Clean the bones, / chip, chip, chip. / Put them together, / so, so, so. / We've built a dinosaur, / oh, oh, OH!
Language: Songs
  • I'm a Grumpy Dinosaur (sung to "I'm a little Tea Pot"): I'm a grumpy dinosaur
  • (Make a mean face) / Big and Tall (Gesture hands big and tall ) / Here is my tail, here is my claw. (Gesture hands behind your back for tail and make claw hands) / When I get all hungry (rub your tummy) / I just grrroooowwwlll / Look out kids I'm on the prowl. ("Attack" by tickling tummies all around)
  • Hungry Dinosaur Song (sung to "Are You Sleeping?"): Din-o-saur / Din-o-saur / Fast and strong / Fast and strong / You look glad to see me / Uh-oh... you want to EAT me! / Run away! / Run away!
  • Dinosaurs Lived Long Ago (sung to "London Bridge"): Dinosaurs lived long ago/ Long ago / Long ago / Dinosaurs lived long ago / I wonder where they went? / Are they hiding over here? / Under this? / Way up there? / I don’t see them anywhere / Where did they go?
  • Ten Big Dinosaurs (sung to "10 Little Indians"): 1 big, 2 big, 3 big dinosaurs, / 4 big, 5 big, 6 big dinosaurs, / 7 big, 8 big, 9 big dinosaurs, / 10 big dinosaurs! / 10 big, 9 big, 8 big dinosaurs, / 7 big, 6 big, 5 big dinosaurs / 4 big, 3 big, 2 big dinosaurs, / 1 big dinosaur. ROAR!
  • Did You Ever See a Dinosaur? (sung to "Did You Ever See a Lassie?"): Did you ever see a dinosaur, a dinosaur, a dinosaur? / Did you ever see a dinosaur stomp this way and that? / Stomp this way and that way / Stomp this way and that way / Did you ever see a dinosaur, stomp this way and that?
Math / Science
  • Size: Separate big dinosaurs from little dinosaurs.
  • Meaningful Counting: Count the dinosaurs in each pile. Emphasize that each dinosaur corresponds with a particular number.
  • Measuring, Ordering / Seriation: Measure dinosaurs against a ruler and put them in order from longest to shortest
  • Spatial Relationships: Use rocks, plastic trees, etc. to make a dinosaur-scape. Talk about where the dinosaurs are in relation to other dinosaurs, the trees, the rocks, etc.
  • Sequencing / Patterning, Predicting: Put the dinosaurs in predictable patterns (big, little, big, little...) and talk about what will come next.
Gross Motor: Active Play
  • Dinosaur dig: Fill a tub (or sand / water table) with sand, cornmeal, or fine dirt. Bury mall plastic dinosaurs and use shovels, rakes, spoons, etc to dig them back out.
  • Move around like dinosaurs (stomp, crawl, fly, etc.)
  • Dinosaur Egg Hunt: Fill plastic Easter eggs with small dinosaurs and hide. When they are found, have the children hide them for you to find.
  • Dino Dance: Tie paper bags to the children’s feet and stomp / dance to dinosaur songs (Laurie Berkner’s “We are the Dinosaurs”, Bergman Broom’s album “9 Dinosaur Songs”)
  • Dress up like paleontologists and search for hidden dinosaurs.

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