Dinosaur preschool lesson plans. Arts and crafts, games, math, science, group time activities, songs and snack ideas.

Art 

Dino Bones
Have the children make their own dinosaur by gluing pasta noodles to a piece of paper. 

Dinosaur Sponge Painting
Supply the children with sponges of dinosaurs and paint and have them make a pre-historic scene with them. 

Torn Paper Dino Pictures
Supply the children with a full sheet of white paper with a dinosaur shape drawn onto it and half sheet of green paper. Ask them to make a dinosaur by tearing pieces of the green paper and gluing them onto the white paper. 

Sticker Art
Supply the children with stickers of dinosaurs and have them place them on a piece of white paper to make a pre-historic scene. 

Stamp Art
Supply the children with stamps of dinosaurs and have them make a pre-historic scene with the stamps. 

Paint like a Dinosaur
Supply the children with paper and paint and have the children paint like a dinosaur might paint. You may want to have them put a pair of clean socks on their hands to help them imagine not having fingers to use. 

Dinosaur Hand Prints
Place a rubber bank around the child's ring and middle fingers.... tight enough to help keep them together.. but loose enough not to cut off circulation. Paint the child's hand with a paintbrush and green, or green/grey paint. Have the child press their hand firmly onto a piece of paper. Viola.. a dino hand print. 

Math/Science/Games 

Play Dough Fossils
Many fossils were created by an animal or vegetation making an imprint on damp soil. This soil then hardened over time. Create fossils with play dough by allowing the children to press the dinosaurs feet into play dough. Compare the tracks left in the dough. 

Cave Play
Place a blanket over a table to create a cave. 

Search for Dino's
Place plastic dinosaur shapes in the sand table. Hide them from view. Have the children search for them. 

Search for fossils
Place pasta noodles in the sand table. Hide the pasta in the sand and ask the children to look for the dinosaur fossils (pasta). 

Vote and Graph it
Have the children vote for their favorite dinosaur and graph the results. Which dino did most children like the best? 

Would a Dinosaur be a good pet?
Have the children vote if a dinosaur would be a good pet. Record the results on a graph. What is the result? Discuss with the children that a dinosaur would not be a good pet and reasons why. Ie.. claws, eat a lot of food, they don't like humans, they might hurt us. 

Dinosaur Shape Match Up
There are many ways to set this up depending on the skill level or the particular skill you wish to work on. Try these different set ups: (Use your own Dinosaur Shapes) 
---Cut out dinosaur Shapes from different colors of paper. Give each child one dinosaur Shape. Ask the children to find one person with the same color dinosaur Shape. 
---Cut out dinosaur Shapes from different colors of paper. Cut the dinosaur Shapes in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Give each child one half of a dinosaur Shape, and ask them to find the person with the other half. Or Give the children two pieces and have the children make a circle, with one child that has one match on one side and the other match on the other side. You may end up with 2 or more circles depending on how the dinosaur Shape pieces are distributed. 
---Cut out dinosaur Shapes from one color of paper. Cut the dinosaur Shapes in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Give each child one half of a dinosaur Shape, and ask them to find the person with the other half. Or Give the children two pieces and have the children make a circle, with one child that has one match on one side and the other match on the other side. You may end up with 2 or more circles depending on how the dinosaur Shape pieces are distributed. 
---Cut the dinosaur Shapes from one color of paper. Label one set of dinosaur Shapes with numbers, i.e. if you have 20 children, label the dinosaur Shapes with the numbers one to ten. The other half, draw one dot on one, two on another, and so on until ten. Give each child one dinosaur Shape and have them find the child with their match. 
---Cut the dinosaur Shapes from one color of paper. Place matching stickers on two dinosaur Shapes. Give each child one dinosaur Shape and have them find the child with their match. 
---Cut the dinosaur Shapes from one color of paper. Cut the Dinosaur Shapes in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Place matching stickers on each half of a dinosaur Shape. Give each child one dinosaur Shape half and have them find the child with their match. 
---Place matching dinosaur stickers on separate index cards. Give each child a card and ask them to find the child with their match. 
---Try all the above, but in a file folder format. Glue one part of the dinosaur Shape to the file folder and laminate it's match. 
---Cut four or five different dinosaur Shapes from different colors of paper. Give each child one dinosaur Shape and have them form groups depending on what color they have... red dinosaur here... or have them form groups depending on what dinosaur they have.. T-Rex's here. 

Dinosaur Shape Hop 
Cut out large dinosaur shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one shape to another. These may also be used at seat markers for group time. 

Dinosaur Hide and Seek 
Have all the children hide their eyes while you "hide" a dinosaur in the room. (It should be placed in plain view) Tell the children to find the dinosaur, but not touch it. Once they spot it they should sit back down in their spot. The first one to sit down again will get to hide the dinosaur. 

Dinosaur Hide and Seek 
Play the game the same as above, except hide the dinosaur. Then tell the chidlren individually whether they are "hot" or "cold" to the relation of the dinosaur. Allow the other children to have a change to hide the dinosaur, and tell children whether they are "hot or cold". It may be a good idea to discuss the meaning of hot and cold before you play this game. 

Dinosaur Shape Fishing Game 
Tie 3 feet of string to a wooden spoon. Attach a magnet to the end of the string. Cut and laminate many different colored dinosaur shapes from construction paper (not too big though). Attach a paper clip to each dinosaur shape. Spread the dinosaur shapes on the floor and let your child try to catch the dinosaur shape. Have them try to catch the biggest dinosaur or the red dinosaur. For a twist, label the dinosaur shapes with letters or numbers. 

Dinosaur Games
The following games require you to cut out many different dinosaur shapes from construction paper. You may choose to laminate these dinosaur shapes so they last longer. 

Dinosaur Sizing 
Cut out many different sized dinosaur. Ask the children to line up the dinosaur from largest to smallest. 

Dinosaur Numbers 
Cut out ten shapes. Number them one to ten. Ask the children to line up the shapes from one to ten. 

Dinosaur Colors 
Ask the children to sort the shapes by color. 

Dinosaur Sort:
Supply the children with plenty of dinosaur shapes of many sizes and colors. Ask the chidlren to sort the shapes by size, color or type. 

Ideas for dinosaur plastic figures
--Have the children sort the animals by size. 
--Have the children sort the animals by the kind they like the best to least. 
--Buy two or more sets and have the children sort the animals by type. 
--Supply the children with a balance and let them experiment. 
--Have the children count the animals. 
--Supply the children with cards with numbers on them. Large playing cards work well. Have the children place the appropriate number of animals on each card. Ie 4 animals on the card that has a 4 (or 4 of diamonds) on it. 
--Let the children play with the animals in the sand and water table. 
--Put the dinosaurs in the block area, encourage the children to create mountains with the blocks for the animals to live and play on. 
--Supply the children with paint and white paper, and give them a figure of a dinosaur. Have them dip the animals feet in the paint them press on the paper to make dinosaur tracks. 

Lacing Cards
Cut colored poster board into a dinosaur shapes and punch holes around the edges. Them let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards. 

Stamping Patterns
Use dinosaur rubber stamps to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the pattern on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns. 

What time is it Mr Dinosaur?
Played like What time is it Mr. Fox? 

Dinosaur Stomp
Play the bunny hop song and have the children pretend to be dinosaurs stomping around. 

Dramatic Play
Puppets are always a great addition to any dramatic play area, add dinosaur puppets. 

Group Time and Songs 

Create a Jungle
Turn your room into a jungle by hanging leaves and branches from the ceiling. Children can paint real leaves different colors. 

Dino Clean UP
Cut four or five different dinosaur Shapes from different colors of paper. Laminate, punch a hole in the shape and create a necklace by threading yarn through the hold and tying. Make the necklace large enough to easily slip over the children's heads. Give each child one dinosaur Shape and have them form groups depending on what color they have... red dinosaur here... or have them form groups depending on what dinosaur they have.. T-Rex's here. Then send the groups out to clean specific areas. Yellow dinosaurs, clean up the house area, red blocks.. etc. 

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp
This book is AWESOME!! There is a tape that you can get too through Scholastic. Play the tape or read the book and let the children dance away. 

Where the Wild Things Are
what a great story. While reading this book I let the children act out the book at certain parts like when the monsters "roll their terrible eyes", "show their terrible claws", and the three 2 page spreads where there are no words.. I let the children pretend to be monkeys for the page where they are hanging from trees, and they march around while I chant "bum, bum, bum bum" on the page where Max is on the shoulders of the monster. Make up your own interaction.. but this is what makes the book great.
A Guide for Using Where the Wild Things Are in the Classroom 

Dinosaur
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, 
Turn around. 
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, 
Touch the ground. 
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, 
Shine your shoes. 
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Skidoo. Dinosaur, Dinosaur, 
Go upstairs. 
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, 
Say your prayers. 
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, 
Turn out the light. 
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, 
Say good night. 

The dinosaur Went Over the Mountain 
Tune: For He's a Jolly Good Fellow 
The dinosaur went over the mountain, 
The dinosaur went over the mountain, 
The dinosaur went over the mountain, 
To see what he could see 

To see what he could see, 
To see what he could see 

The other side of the mountain, 
The other side of the mountain, 
The other side of the mountain, 
Was all that he could see 

Was all that he could see, 
Was all that he could see, 
The other side of the mountain, 
Was all that he could see!