Tot-School Dinosaurs

For tot-school this month we had fun learning with dinosaurs.  Through hands on science and art we discovered that dinosaurs hatch from eggs and that all we have left from dinosaurs are their bones and fossils.  We reviewed colors, read lots of books, learned the letters in T’s name, and made a fun dino lunch.

Dinosaur Book List


Dinosaur Roar by Paul & Hanrietta Stickland

Dinosaur Colors by Paul & Hanrietta Stickland

Dinosaur Shapes by Paul & Hanrietta Stickland

Snore, Dinosaur, Snore! by John Bendall-Brunello

Can You See What I See? Dinosaurs by Walter Wick

Dino Parade! by Thom Wiley

Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! by Sandra Boynton

ABC Dinosaurs by Scott Hartman

Dinosaur Sensory Tub

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Dinosaur Tot-Tubs


Tot-Tub #1 (top left) Play Dough Fossils

I showed T how to make a ball of play dough and flatten it out a bit.  Then we pressed small toy dinosaurs and shells into the dough and pulled them out to see our fossil designs.

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Tot-Tub #2 (top right) Sorting Dino Eggs

I gave T some tongs and dino eggs (colored pom-poms) to sort in a dino mold that I found at a garage sale.


Tot-Tub #3 (middle) Dinosaur Egg File Folder Game

I printed out the Dinosaur Egg File Folder Game and taped the mother dinos to the inside of a file folder.  Then I wrote the color word on each empty egg that the mother dinos were holding.  I cut out the eggs and laminated them and the file folder.  Then I showed T how to match up the color of the mommies to the color of the eggs.

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Tot-Tub #4 (bottom left) Dinosaur Puzzle

I colored and cut out a dinosaur pattern.  Then I cut it into 4 simple pieces for T to put together.


Tot-Tub #5 (bottom right) Lacing Fossils

I used the lacing buttons and told T that we were going to lace fossils back together.


Paper Mache Dino Eggs


  • Water Balloons
  • Glue
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Newspaper (Cut into 1 inch by 6 inch strips)
  • Newspaper (to cover work area)
  • Plastic Cups
  • White Printing Paper (Cut into 1 inch by 6 inch strips)
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Tissue Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Dinosaur Toys


  1. Mix the paper mache glue (1 & 1/2 cups water, 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup glue).IMG_1248
  2. Dip each strip of newspaper into the paper mache glue and cover the balloons.Dinosaur Study (348)_edited-1
  3. Place each balloon on a plastic cup while working on it with the newspaper underneath to catch the mess.IMG_1253
  4. Cover the balloons completely, except for a small spot at the top where the balloon is tied.  Let it dry.IMG_1254
  5. Place on a second coat of white paper stripes dipped in the paper mache glue and let it dry.
  6. Pinch off a spot near the top of the balloon, so you can cut a hole in the balloon to let the air out slowly.  Be sure to hold on to it as it deflates and pull it away from the sides then remove it.
  7. Paint on a layer of watered down glue then press on small squares of tissue paper.IMG_1294
  8. Hide the baby dinosaur toys in the eggs by gently pushing them through the small hole.
  9. Cover the hole by glue some tissue paper over the  it.
  10. Cut out circles of construction paper and glue them on as poka dots.

J helped me create these dino eggs for T to open.IMG_1313 IMG_1319 IMG_1321

Dinosaur Excavating


  • Dinosaur Toys
  • Bucket (to freeze water in)
  • Warm Water
  • Tooth Brush
  • Paint Brush
  • Goggles


  1. Freeze the dinosaur toys in layers of ice.
  2. Show child how to use the excavating tools (tooth brush,salt, warm water, paint brush, etc…)IMG_1287
  3. Let the child dig out the dinosaur toys.IMG_1283IMG_1282 IMG_1280

Dino Lunch

I cut a sandwich with a dino shaped sandwich cutter that I found at a garage sale.  I added Bugles for the dinosaur’s plates by sticking them in the sandwich along the dinosaurs back.  I added grapes for dino eggs.  I ground up some graham crackers with some broken pretzels hidden in it for dino fossils.IMG_1429 IMG_1438 IMG_1432

Finger Paint Dino

I gave T a copy of a dinosaur pattern to finger paint on.IMG_1384

Coffee Grind Dino Eggs


  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Coffee Grinds
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1/4 cup Sand
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Dinosaur Toys


  1. Mix all of the dry materials together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly add the water and knead with your hand until it feels like bread dough.
  3. Once your coffee dough is moldable shape a “dino egg” around a dinosaur toy.IMG_1260
  4. Bake them on a cookie sheet on 150 degrees for about 20 minutes.IMG_1259

J helped me to make theses eggs too for T to break open.IMG_1273IMG_1269

Dino Name Dig

I printed out some “dinosaur” bones onto cardstock.  I cut them out and put one letter on each bone.  Then I gave T a paintbrush and let him carefully dig for the bones.  I helped him spell his name with the bones after he found them all.IMG_1394 IMG_1421 IMG_1423

Dinosaur Parade

We read Dino Parade! by Thom Wiley.  Then we got out our bigger dinosaur toys and T lined them up to make his own dinosaur parade.IMG_1374 IMG_1375