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Dinosaur Unit for Elementary Kids – Fun, Hands-on Learning Activities

Get ready to have fun learning about the large animals that roamed the earth long ago with this fun dinosur unit In these dinosaur lesson plans we have lots of fun and creative ways for kids to learn and play with dinosaur activites, free dinosaur printables, and so much more. These fun dinosaur ideas are perfect for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students.

fun dinosur unit In these dinosaur lesson plans we have lots of fun and creative ways for kids to learn and play with dinosaur activites, free dinosaur printables, and so much more. These fun dinosaur ideas are perfect for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students.


Dinosaur lesson plans

As part of our 6 week Dinosaur Unit today I am sharing some of the fun, creative dinosaur activity ideas in our dinosaur lesson plans. We have dinosaur books, dinosaur crafts, lots of learning activities, and free dinosaur printables for elementary grades. Whether you are a parent looking for ideas for your dinosaur lover, homeschooler planning a dinosour theme, or a teacher looking for supplement to your regular curriculum – you will love using these ideas. The following dinosaur for kids ideas are perfect for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students.

DInosaur Worksheets

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Montessori Inspired Dinosaur Activities free dinosaur fact cards

Dinosaur Printables

I made dinosaur fact cards (download below) for my kids to match with dinosuar figures. This fun dinosaur matching game is great for workin on visual discrimination and learning about the many interesting and unique dinosaurs that once lived on our planet. I had them match both dinosaur figures (plus the Pteranodon and Dilophosaurus) and dinosaur skeleton figures.
You can download the dinosaur fact cards free at the bottom of this post.

Hatching Paper Mache Dinosaur Eggs

Dinosaur Craft

We made fun paper-mache dinosaur eggs  and then hatched them. They were a lot of fun to make and  a fun decoration for our dinosaur study for kids.  First we picked a dinosaur we wanted to hatch and put it inside a balloon. (Just go slowly and stretch the neck open before sliding it in). Then we blew up the balloon to the size of a dinosaur egg – ours was about 5” tall.
making paper mache
Next I mixed up some paper mache by putting 1 cup water & 1 cup flour in saucepan over medium heat and mixing until smooth and thick. I put it in a bowl and allowed it to cool slightly while we cut up paper strips. Using warm paper mache provides a wonderful sensory activity!  Goofy (1st grade) dipped the paper in the the paste, removed excess paste, and put the strips criss-cross all over the balloon. The paper mache recipe was enough to make two 5” dinosaur eggs.
made dinosaur eggs
Allow dinosaur egg to fully dry – about 24 hours, turning half way to ensure it dries on the bottom too. We set ours on canning jar lids – it worked perfectly.
painting dinosaur eggs
Finally, Goofy painted the eggs a light brown color (although we don’t actually know what color all dinosaur eggs were).
After the eggs dried we put them in a next. And one day…. Goofy helped them hatch by cracking them open and found baby dinosaurs inside!

Dinosaur Science Play for Kids #science #preschoolDinosaur Science Activity

We had so much fun with our Dinosaur Science Preschool play I wrote up a whole separate post on it!

Dinosaur Sight Words

Dinosaur Sight Words Activity

We played the dinosaur track sight word game you can find in Reading the Easy Way – 1st Grade.  My first grader had so much fun practicing these key Dolch Sight Words in a dino fun way!

Dinosaur Sight WordsDinosaur Writing Prompt

I had my grade 1 student pick two dinosaurs andcompare and contrast the dinosaurs for this dinosaur writing activity. (worksheet included in the pack below) He used the dinosaur books we had to explore these 2 dinosaurs in depth and find their similarities and differences.
Dinosaur writing prompts
The kids wrote stories about their pet dinosaurs. Goofy (1st grade) illustrated and wrote his story; then I went though and corrected it with him. Minnie (Preschool, but almost K) drew her picture, traced the text, and then she dictated her story to me that I wrote on the back.

Download link for these dinosaur writing prompts below. [See more writing prompts]

dinosaur excavation Activity for Kids

Dinosaur Activity for kids

You can easily make your own fun dinosaur excavation activity.  Simply mix up the following and press it around these dinosaur skeletons  we’ve used over and over this unit.  Add extra around all sides and allow it to harden.

  • 1 1/4 cups dirt
  • 1 1/4 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cups salt
  • 1/2 cup sand
  • Water  (to moisten)

Once it is hard just use a toy hammer, stick, paint brush, and goggles to have your own dinosaur excavation dig!

3D Dinosaur Art Project for Kids #science #dinosaur #art #homeschoolingDinosaur Art Project for Kids

Elementary age kid swill have fun making this 3d dinosaur craft where you can feel the dinosaur skeletings. It feels like a really cool archeologist project for a dionsaur scientist. We made this really cool Dinosaur Art project using plaster of paris. It turned out so cool!

making a dinosaur impression  see the dinosaur "hole"

Pick a Tupperware, plastic container, lid (surrounded by paper rim), etc. as your mold. We used an Olive Garden food take-home container. Next we pressed playdough into our mold so it was deep enough to get a good impression of our dinosaur. (I used this simple homemade playdough recipe). Press the dinosaur of your choice into the playdough.

  mixing plaster  filled up dinosaur hole

Next, mix up some Plaster of Paris following the directions – ours used 3 parts plaster to 1 part water. For our project we needed 1 1/2 cup plaster and 1/2 cup water. Stir and pour into dino mold and cover all of playdough until the top of  your mold. Tap slightly to remove air bubbles.

removing playdough  dinosaur casting - see the dinosaur skin impression left!

Wait about 45 minutes (the instructions say 30, but wait longer!). Flip over mold and carefully remove mold. Next you are going to remove the playdough. Use the block of playdouh to help get the extra remaining playdough. You will have a very cook raised impression of a dinosaur!

 mom - this is COOL!  from the side so you can see the 3D part

Goofy was so proud of his dinosaur! We choose to paint around the edges and make it look like an archeological dig site. We also had the dinosaur step in green paint to make his tracks.

dinosaur-color-by-number dinosaur themed worksheets

Dinosaur Printable

If you are looking for other fun, free dinosaur printables to make learning fun with a dinosaur theme you will love these resources:

 

         

Dinosaur Books for Kids

  • The first two are good Bible based dinosaur books that explain events from a creationist perspective.
  • The 3rd book (by Aliki) is a good, easy to read book with a lot of good information about how dinosaurs are dug up. If you are a creationist you may want to gloss over the millions of years part or use it as a teaching tool.
  • Tyrannosaurus Sue has some good information about the most complete Tyrannosaurus skeleton found. You can take a fieldtrip to see her at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL.
  • The last 2 books are good dinosaur specific books. I feel like the Dinosaur A to Z is slightly easier to read with slightly more information, but the National Geographic one has 2x the dinosaurs. So you decide how many dinosaurs you want to learn about.

 

free Dinosaur Fact Cards and writing prompts

 

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

2 Comments

  • Thank u for the offered worksheets u gave for the dinosaurs. With all the school closings I’ve been having to homeschool my 2nd grader and I decided we would do some lessons on dinosaurs as part of our science. I also like that u gave some interesting craft ideas. This will really help out. Thank u so much.

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