Delightful Dinosaur Day

Dinosaurs are fun!

I am always on a campaign to bring more fun to early childhood.  I am very familiar with the amount of curriculum and expectations that govern the time young children spend at school, but I just really believe that teachers need to advocate for play and fun.  I shared a book we made about dinosaurs in an earlier post, now I am sharing a parent/child activity day that my kindergartners loved.  I think these parent/child days are one of the most effective ways to educate parents about how children learn and things they can do with their child at home.  If you are new to my blog, please check out other parent/child activities like Cowboys, Outer Space, Transportation, Oceans, and Pirates.

Here is our invitation:

INVITATION

When I planned these special days (or evenings) I tried to include activities from many areas of the curriculum, language arts, science, math, and social studies.  We usually began the day by showing a little of our every day circle time routines, then we did a fun song, story or poem that got parents and children actively involved.   For Dinosaur Day I passed around a basket that contained simple dinosaurs cut from construction paper, and everybody took one – parents and kids.  Then as we sang this song, they stood up and did the motion.

Tune – If You’re Happy and You Know It

Printable version:

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Then we did an enthusiastic version of  Dino Pokey (think Hokey Pokey!)  I really encouraged parents to get up and do this with the kids.  I always practiced it the day before with the children.
 Dino Pokey

Here are some very simple clipart pictures of these dinosaurs:


5 dinos clips

Next I quickly went over the activities that were available, passed out a check off list, and gave each child a paper bag to collect his/her work as they went between the classrooms.  We usually decorated the bags ahead of time.

I repeated this parent/child activity many times and usually changed a few activities, but here is a simple description of the activities from one year.

description of activities

I also found a list of things to do in my files, so I thought I’d share that too!

I printed directions for each activity and posted them on 3 sided signs on the tables containing the materials for the project or game.  Here is a picture to show what the 3 sided signs looked like:

I didn’t save all of these directions, but here are a few.

activity directions

Some activities required a recording sheet, like Bronto Boats.  The children placed small dinosaurs in different colored boats, after predicting which boat would hold the most dinos.  They recorded their results on this paper (2 on the page).

Bronto Boats

We also play Dinosaur Soduku

Dino Soduku

The kids made up a dinosaur story with a beginning, middle and end.

Here is an assortment of dinosaur clipart:

dinos clipart

More clipart

 

This boy was tossing beanbags into the swampy basket!

Check out the stegosaurus hat – they glued spikes to a piece of adding machine tape that went down their back and was fastened to a headband.  We put a stegosaurus head on the headband.

Here are a few more resources that I found in my files.  I hope you find something you might be able to use.

dinodictionary[1]

Here are a few songs and poems about dinosaurs!

I hope you find some time to play dinosaurs with your class too!

 

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vicki Crockett
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 10:43:29

    I LOVE THIS! I know I won’t get a lot of parents since so many work outside the home now, but I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for ALL your great ideas.

    Reply

  2. Nathalie
    May 21, 2012 @ 15:35:50

    Thank you so much for all of these ideas! I wish I found your blog sooner, this week is all about dinosaurs. Thanks again!

    Reply

  3. smileyhappychan
    May 21, 2012 @ 16:05:35

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m excited to use some of your ideas with my children!

    Reply

  4. Kathleen J. Shields
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 09:49:54

    Hello there,

    My name is Kathleen J. Shields and I am the author of the now award-winning children’s book “Hamilton Troll meets Dinosaurs” chosen by the Texas Association of Authors. Our on-going educational story series is fun and enlightening. Hamilton meets new characters, learns helpful life lessons, social skills, and more in this fully-illustrated, rhyming story series. There are vocabulary words and definitions throughout the books, 2-page diagrams for scientific exploration, names of wildflowers, and so much more including Did You Know facts in our 100+ page coloring and activity book. The interactive website contains printable teacher curriculum for language arts, math, science and art and there are games, puzzles, videos and character bios; continuing education for ages 4 and up. Please take a look at our interactive website http://www.HamiltonTroll.com and please consider “Hamilton Troll meets Dinosaurs” as a possible addition to your venue. Thank you for your time.

    Reply

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  6. Holly
    Jun 27, 2015 @ 03:50:41

    OH MY GOSH!!! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FOR THESE AMAZING ACTIVITIES!! I cannot wait to try some or all of them with my kids!! MERCI!!

    Reply

  7. Anna
    May 13, 2016 @ 09:22:18

    Love it

    Reply

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