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
- Small Dinosaur Figures
- Dry Beans
- Easter Grass
- Fake Leaves
- Plastic Eggs (Easter Eggs)
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.
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.
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
- 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)
- Tissue Paper
- Construction Paper
- Dinosaur Toys
- Mix the paper mache glue (1 & 1/2 cups water, 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup glue).
- Dip each strip of newspaper into the paper mache glue and cover the balloons.
- Place each balloon on a plastic cup while working on it with the newspaper underneath to catch the mess.
- Cover the balloons completely, except for a small spot at the top where the balloon is tied. Let it dry.
- Place on a second coat of white paper stripes dipped in the paper mache glue and let it dry.
- 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.
- Paint on a layer of watered down glue then press on small squares of tissue paper.
- Hide the baby dinosaur toys in the eggs by gently pushing them through the small hole.
- Cover the hole by glue some tissue paper over the it.
- Cut out circles of construction paper and glue them on as poka dots.
- Dinosaur Toys
- Bucket (to freeze water in)
- Warm Water
- Tooth Brush
- Paint Brush
- Freeze the dinosaur toys in layers of ice.
- Show child how to use the excavating tools (tooth brush,salt, warm water, paint brush, etc…)
- Let the child dig out the dinosaur toys.
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.
Finger Paint Dino
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
- Mix all of the dry materials together in a mixing bowl.
- Slowly add the water and knead with your hand until it feels like bread dough.
- Once your coffee dough is moldable shape a “dino egg” around a dinosaur toy.
- Bake them on a cookie sheet on 150 degrees for about 20 minutes.
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.