Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dinosaur Theme

I've mentioned recently that Elliott had asked to do dinosaurs for his "extras" theme, so I'm slowly getting that together.  I don't really do unit-studies, so you won't find activities for every subject (we will do math, reading, etc separately).  These are just activities I think the boys will enjoy.

I started by putting a "D is for Dinosaur" tracing sheet and some dinosaur themed mazes and dot-to-dots in his pre-writing notebook.

We really kicked off our Dinosaur unit, though, with a field trip to the Creation Museum!  It's not exclusively about dinosaurs, but it was still fun and educational!

These are some of the upcoming activities I have planned for the boys.

This is a 24 piece puzzle from Target's $1 spot from several years ago when Elliott was mastering 24 piece puzzles, but he just couldn't get this one.  I put it up and forgot all about it until I was looking for other dinosaur activities.

My stepmom sent this set of puzzles for the boys, and it was this box and the knowledge that he would be doing a dinosaur craft in art at co-op that prompted him to ask to learn about dinosaurs!

My husband didn't know it, but it was the same night Elliott asked to do dinosaurs that hubby found this 3D puzzle on clearance at Kohl's.

I also set these puzzles out for Emory.  Even though they are easy, he still likes them and he can do them independently.

We don't have a dinosaur coloring book, and I'm not about to buy one or print coloring pages off since my boys rarely color, but I will offer this Ice Age coloring book anyway, since it does have some dinosaur pages in it.  There's also a blank doodle pad and a dinosaur stencil, and other art/craft supplies are available at request.

My husband and Elliott wandered away from me in a Parent-Teacher School store out of town (I can only dream of ever having a store like that near me!), and these dinosaur Lace and Trace cards were one of the items that made it into our shopping cart.

I found a link to these Dinosaur Cards at Montessori Print Shop awhile back, but wasn't sure if I would ever use them, since they're kind of...dull.  Then I saw this dinosaur matching activity at Counting Coconuts and thought the boys might like it.  I too wish there were more common dinosaurs included in the printable, but it's free, so I'm not really complaining.

We also have this Dinosaur Land "sensory tub" I just created for the boys for imaginative play.  It's been a big hit so far.

All of the dinosaurs in the previous two activities are from our Animal Planet Big Tub of Dinosaurs which will also be set out.  It's always a big hit, but it's nice to see familiar toys in a new setting too.

This magnetic book has been around our house for ages, but has recently been overlooked.  I really think Emory will enjoy it.

I've also switched our February Book Basket into a Dinosaur Book Basket.  Several of these are just reference-type books that my nephews passed down to the boys, but there are some fictional books as well.  Are there any must-reads I should check out from the library?

I have many more dinosaur related activities rolling around in my head, and I'll try to post about them when/if we get to them.


  1. Looks like fun. So cool about the puzzle the night your son requested a dinosaur study. I love when things just work out like that.

  2. Hi Brittney! I too did a dinosaur theme early in the fall. I thought I had blogged about it but I guess I did not. Dinosaurs are loved here at my house too. You have some awesome ideas. I also like the How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, How do Dinosaurs Say I love you... series of books. I also found a great ideas and resources at there is a great letter matching activity there with the names of more dinosaurs. We also like to watch Dinosaur Train on PBS. And there is a show on Nick Jr(I think) called Dino Dan that my boys love! Have a great week exploring dinos!

    1. Oh yes, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight was one of my older son's favorite books for so long that the book started falling apart! I think a couple books in that series are tucked in the back of our book basket! :)

      My 2 year old likes Dino Dan, but he LOVES Dinosaur Train and we actually watched an episode today! Thank you for the link to the Dinosaur Train printables! I will definitely be checking it out!!

  3. You have so many amazing resources for your children. They are lucky indeed to have you! Thank you for sharing all your ideas.

  4. Dinosaurs are always a lot of fun! My 2nd grader is studying them right now as well. Want to take a trip to the museum soon for a culminating activity.

    I'm coming over from Thrifty Thursday!

    Creative and Curious Kids

  5. Wow! Super impressed with all you've done to expire your son's interest. Fabulous work.

  6. How fun is this! I really love the dinosaur sensory tray. Thanks for linking up to the Weekly Kids Co-op!

  7. Awesome! I never thought to put connect the dot pages in plastic covers, brilliant!

  8. Looks like a fun lesson on something they are interested in. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  9. Thanks for linking up at Thinky Linky Thursday this week! We are happy to have your ideas.
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  10. So many great ideas! You have so many types of puzzles and a great collection of books! We need to take more field trips. It is great that you could go to a museum! Thanks for sharing at WOTT!

    1. Sierra, I have a little bit of an obsession for buying children's books and puzzles! Luckily, I consider myself a frugal shopper! haha! I love Target's $1 spot for puzzles, and I try to buy most books secondhand.

  11. Wow - so many fun dinosaur activties! How was the Creation Museum? We have a tripped planned for this spring and I'd love any tidbits you have!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF - have a GREAT weekend,

    1. Beth, the Creation Museum is phenomenal! Our only mistake was arriving during my toddler's nap time (he'd already been carsick too, which put us behind), so he was a little antsy at times. Also there were a few exhibits that were "dark" and "scary" so we pushed his stroller on through. There's a lot to see and do, so give yourself plenty of time! I don't necessarily recommend it for a rainy day activity, because we enjoyed the walking paths and petting zoo in February, so I can only imagine how fantastic the gardens are during the spring and summer months!

      I actually blogged about it separately, if you are interested