Dinosaur Ideas

Stegosaurus Hats: You will need 4 paper plates per students, a stapler, yarn or string and bingo dotters.

Fold 3 of the 4 plates in half and staple. These will be the plates of the stegosaurus. String the yarn through the last plate make a hat which will tie under the chin. Staple the 3 folded plates together (vertically), one on top of the other. Attach the line of stegosaurus “plates” to the top hat plate. Decorate with bingo dotters or anything colorful. The children look so cute leaving school with these on!!

Great Dinosaur book- Dinosaur ROAR by paul & Henrietta Strickland. great book of opposites. Very realistic pictures and is a great read aloud and act out book.

Stegosaurus hats-children cut along lines of paper (fold an 11×14 piece of paper and draw on one side spikes. We attached these cut outs to a headband. They can decorate with corn flakes for bumpy skin etc.

We talked about what a paleontologist was and let the children search the sand table with paint brushes and tools to search for bones(we cut out bone shapes from plastic/Styrofoam plates) I also cut out a silver circle from shiny paper and attached it to a construction hat to resemble a light on a miners/paleontologist hat

We also put some plastic bags in the table also as they placed the bones they collected in them just like a paleontologist would do-they loved this After they collected the “bones” they could take them to the table where they could then attached them together with brass fasteners like a paleontologist would. These came out so cute.

I put out a variety of cereals for the children to use to decorate dinosaurs with to create the bumpy, rough effect Read Dinosaur Roar. Measure how large the biggest dino is and then have the children line up/lay down to see how many kids it takes-the kids are amazed.

We read Whatever Happened To The Dinosaurs and then have the kids tell us what they think happened. They draw a picture of what they think and then we put it together in a class book

Using hard boiled eggs have the children roll them gently on the table to create a crumbly cracked egg. Put these into a small bowl with Kool-Aid packet and 3 cups of cold water and-cover with plastic wrap and leave it in frig for one to two days-when they peel them the eggs look like dinosaur eggs all colored and tie-dye like they’re cool! Using the bone cut out you made from Styrofoam plates glue these to a large piece of heavy paper or tape onto the table. Use these for fossil rubbings. Rub a crayon-side ways along a piece of paper placed over the top of the “fossil”

We gave the children small chocolate chip cookies and toothpicks and had them try to pick out the chips with the toothpicks very gently, just like a paleontologist would when digging for bones. It was so funny and the kids were so careful. They get to eat everything when they are done.

Dino sock puppet-Attach an egg carton to a sock puppet along the arm to make the spikes and use two other bumps for the eyes-attach with tape or string.

In our pre-K and Kindergarten classes, I have to admit that we all love our dinosaur days and we introduce the concept of fossils into the classroom. First we collect a variety of bones saved from meals in all households. I boil and clean the bones, and then they are laid out to dry (while the kids try to guess where they had come from. Then we cook up a batch of plain white playdough, let it cool and knead it smooth. The children then take a bone, place it inside of a lump of playdough, make sure the bone is completely covered by the dough, and put it on a cookie sheet. We then slowly bake the dough (it can be air dried, but it takes forever!) until it’s “rock” hard. The children then use a variety of instruments (experimenting along the way) to try to break the rock, use big bristle brushes to remove the dust, and slowly but surely, expose the bone and see it’s imprint in the playdough. It’s a great adventure for them to play paleon-tologist and to try to guess which bone they’re uncovering as they go along.

I make black (dark grey) playdough and add small plastic dinos. We build volcanoes, tar pits, and bury the dinos to make “fossils”.

The kids love to imprint the sides of the dinos in the playdough for fossil prints.

After reading Dazzle the Dinosaur – provide a life-sized cardboard shape of Dazzle (stegosaurus) complete with rib cage etc. Have children stuff this with newspaper, gluing on where necessary until filled out to appropriate size. Then cover with newspaper sheets for skin. We painted this and then the children carried it out to the sandpit, where they put it paint side down to give it a textured feel. The plates on his back were covered with glitter, but you could use holographic contact. Children took great pleasure in measuring themselves against Dazzle – and appreciated the size of dinosaurs.