Lauras Daily Madness

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dinosaur Activities that make for great photo ops!

I have to admit that Ramona’s new kit ‘Rawrasaurus’ reminded me of one of my favorite units when I was teaching, DINOSAURS!! Kids just seem to love these extinct guys!  There are plenty of fun things to do and learn with dinosaurs.  I thought I’d share a few with you today.

Dinosaur Books

Any good unit of study is going to be based on some fun and informative literature! Children authors know how much kids love dinosaurs so there are TONS of both fiction and non fiction stories out there.  Check out your library for some of these awesome titles!


Books are a perfect thing to add to Easter baskets!! Photograph your child reading or being read to. Write down their favorite facts or favorite dinosaurs. Have them draw a dinosaur picture and take pictures to add to your layout.


Dino Land

One of the first things I always did was cover a table with green paper and let the kids create a prehistoric land that the dinosaurs would live in.  You can get some green wrapping paper for pretty cheap or a $1 green table cloth from the dollar or party supply store.  That and a pack of construction paper is probably all your little creator needs. But lets say you add some sand, grass and some other accessories, you can come up with a pretty awesome dino land!  Then once the kids were all done, we released the dinosaurs! They were so excited and spent HOURS playing over there when their work was complete.


Take photos while your child(ren) put it together and while they are playing.  Document some of the things they are saying and the stories they are acting out.


Dino Mask

Have your child create their own dinosaur mask!You can print out a mask here.  You can also just use a paper plate or paper. You might even get brave and delve into plaster of paris!  Take photos while your child makes and wears their mask.


Make Them Life size!!

Look up facts about how big the dinosaurs were or how big their foot prints were and draw them to scale using side walk chalk and your driveway or street.  This really makes the sizes come to life to older children. Take photos of your children drawing their dinos and standing beside them for size comparison!


I hope these activities get your imagination going on some activities to do with your own dinosaur lover!


CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 9 post on Mar. 29, 2011. Thanks again.