I had the fun opportunity of teaching a dinosaur art camp, as well as many other theme camps, for several summers at a local hands on children’s museum. The dinosaur theme camp was always sold out to maximum capacity every summer. Dinosaurs are such a kid-interesting theme enjoyed by both girls and boys.
The best dinosaur lesson plans will include dinosaur themed children’s books.
Suggested Dinosaur Themed Children’s Books:
Jane Yolen and Mark Teague have created a wonderful series of books on great topics for preschoolers that feature dinosaurs. They have interesting illustrations, rhythm and rhyme and are just the right length for short attention span audiences.
By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague:
- How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
- How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
- How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?
- How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
- How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten?
- How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?
- How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?
Other dinosaur theme books that are appropriate for young children include:
- My Big Dinosaur Book, a “My Big Board Book” by Roger Priddy
- Touch and Feel: Dinosaur by DK Publishing
- When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach and David Small is really cute.
- You may well remember Danny and the Dinosaur by Sid Hoff (published in 1958) if you lived back in the stone ages yourself. (I still have my copy from 1973.)
Check out the library more choices but be sure to look over the photos before presenting them to young children, as some will have graphic photos that may be too scary for these little learners.
Invest in some small plastic dinosaurs to add to a play dough center. The play dough helps these often unstable creatures stand up and kids can make lakes, trees and volcanoes for the dinosaur habitat.
Add some plastic dinosaurs to the sand box for some huge fun that will encourage new dramatic play and language opportunities. Bury the dinosaurs under the sand and encourage an archeological dig.
Dinosaur Theme Snacks:
Did you know that the teeth of Tyrannosaurus Rex were about the size of a banana? Share this with your kids and hold up some banana teeth before you serve them for snack and your kids will have a visual that will help them store away this fact.
We’ve also enjoyed building some “dinosaur skeletons” with pretzel sticks for snack.
Highlights Magazine features a column called Ask Dino Dan in which a scientist answers dinosaur questions from kids. I like to get some back copies from the library and pick out a few questions and answers to explore with kids while they are enjoying their snacks.
Dinosaur Show and Tell:
Encourage your preschoolers to bring in their own dinosaur toys, games, books, t-shirts costumes, bedroom shoes or pajamas for show and tell and have a ton of fun learning together about dinosaurs.