Dinosaur activities are sure to capture the attention of children in a classroom or birthday party setting. Dressing in dinosaur hats and feet will bring out their inner roar while sparking their creative play. Allowing the kids to participate in a dinosaur egg hunt gets them outside using their observation and gross motor skills to race to find their treasures.
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Dino Hat 1
Use scissors to cut a 3-by-14-inch strip of green construction paper. This will be the band of your dinosaur hat. Have each child come up so you can place the band around the entire circumference of the child's head, running across the forehead. Secure the band into a loop with a staple or tape. Write the child's name on it for identification. Glue two google eyes on the front of the band. These are the dinosaur's eyes. Fold an 8-by-11-inch sheet of green construction paper in half lengthwise. On one side of the folded paper, draw a wide arch across the entire length. Draw some triangles along the top of the arch to act as spikes for the dinosaur hat. Cut along the top of the spikes and below the arch. You should now have two identical spike strips. Take one end of both of the spike pieces and attach it to the band, just above the eyes. Secure it in place with staples or tape. The spikes should drape back toward the back of the head once the hat is on the child.
Dino Hat 2
Give each child a green foam visor. If you can't find green visors, get white ones and paint them green. These hats are relatively inexpensive at craft stores and online distributors. Make a template for a T-Rex tail and make enough copies so each kid will have one. Have the kids cut the dino tail out. Staple the tail to the band of the visor where it would rest on the back of their head. Pour some dry white rice into a Ziplock bag and add a few drops of green food colouring. Knead the bag to distribute the green colouring to make evenly coloured rice. Have the kids use a paintbrush to spread glue all over the hat and tail piece. Allow them to sprinkle the rice on the glue to make a textured dinosaur skin. Allow the glue and rice to dry. Glue two google eyes on the front of the visor.
Dinosaur Egg Hunt
Buy a bag of small plastic dinosaurs and some plastic Easter eggs. Place one dino in each egg. Bury the eggs in a large sandbox when the kids can't see you. Allow the kids to dig for dinosaur eggs. They can use their hands or small sand shovels to do their search. Let them take their findings home, but make sure each child gets at least one.
Mix 1 tbsp cream of tartar, 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 cup salt and 2 cups of flour to make a dough mixture. You can multiply the recipe to fit the needs of your class. Give each child a piece the size of his fist or a baseball. Have them flatten the dough on a paper plate. Supply the kids with an assorted variety of plastic dinosaurs. Have them choose one or two dinosaurs to make footprints in the dough. Allow the mixture to dry. Send home the fossil footprints once they are completely dry.
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