Are you planning a dinosaur themed unit for your preschoolers? Then you will want to check out these 20+ preschool dinosaur activities and printable games. These hands-on dinosaur learning activities for kids include number recognition and counting; letter recognition, process art, play dough and more!
Dinosaur Activities for Pre K
Dinosaur activities for preschoolers are a classic in the early years, Even toddlers love dinosaur activities! And rightly so. There are so many fund dinosaur games and songs to keep our little ones curious.
When my last three boys were preschool aged, it felt like we were doing dinosaur activities non-stop.
We made dinosaur footprints out of construction paper. We dried out turkey bones and added them to a cloud dough sensory bin to pretend they were actually dinosaur bones in a dinosaur dig. We used pastel Easter eggs for dinosaur eggs, which really worked their fine motor skills. We even made dinosaur fossils using salt dough, and made a dinosaur play dough small world.
All you need are a few toy dinosaurs, and preschoolers will be stomping like dinosaur feet, begging for more!
FAQs on Teaching Preschoolers about Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs are fascinating, and preschoolers love pretending to be paleontologists–so let them! It makes a great dramatic play center.
When teaching a dinosaur preschool theme, it’s even more important to provide hands-on activities. Offer plenty of dinosaur toys. Create dinosaur small worlds for pretend play or use a “dinosaur skeleton” in a sensory bin. Make fossils in play dough. Do artwork and sing dinosaur songs. And of course, read lots and lots of picture books!
A simple way to explain dinosaurs to children is to tell them the word dinosaur means “terrible lizard” and that dinosaurs are reptiles like snakes and lizards.
Preschoolers can learn pretty much everything about dinosaurs. They can learn that some ate plants and other ate meat, the variety in size of dinosaurs, that some had lizard-like skin while others had feathers. They can also learn how they moved, about predators vs. prey and about fossils.
Dinosaur Math Games
These dinosaur math games will help your preschoolers learn number recognition, counting and one to one correspondence.
Dinosaur Letter Games
Preschoolers will have so much fun practicing letter recognition with these fun dinosaur letter games.
Dinosaur Themed Art Activities
You'll want to be sure to include these fun dinosaur themed process art activities in your preschool lesson plans about dinosaurs.
Dinosaur Activities for Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Here are 2 fantastic activities for preschoolers to practice fine motor and gross motor skills within a fun dinosaur theme.
Dinosaur Lesson Plans
These preplanned dinosaur lesson plans for toddlers and preschoolers has everything you need to teach early learners all about dinosaurs in a fun, hands-on way.
Add Some Dinosaur Picture Books!
These dinosaur activities for preschool are sure to bit a hit among your little paleontologists! Toddlers and preschoolers alike will love learning all about dinosaurs with these sensory activities, art projects and printable games.