How to Teach Preschoolers About Dinosaurs

Written by becky swain
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How to Teach Preschoolers About Dinosaurs
Preschoolers can learn about dinosaurs through fun activities. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Preschoolers pursue new discoveries with enthusiasm. The impressive size and the element of mystery associated with dinosaurs make them appealing to young children. Teachers present new topics, such as dinosaurs, in a curriculum that channels the preschooler's curiosity with multisensory learning activities. The preschool child acquires new readiness skills that are crucial to a positive educational experience. The art projects, songs, snacks and activities about dinosaurs provide opportunities to practice readiness skills with hands-on activities. Share some dinosaur fun with your preschoolers.

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Things you need

  • Construction paper
  • Glitter
  • White craft glue
  • Chenille stems
  • Dinosaur-shaped pasta
  • Coloured paper scraps
  • Bananas
  • Melted butterscotch
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Dinosaur gummies
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Clothespins
  • Crayons
  • Plastic eggs

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    Dinosaur Art, Songs, Snacks, Math and Games

  1. 1

    Use art to introduce dinosaurs to your preschoolers. Provide glitter, glue, pom poms and chenille stems. Trace each child's shoe print on a piece of construction paper. Ask the children to make a dinosaur with the shoe prints and art materials.

    Make a dinosaur collage. Provide construction paper, coloured paper scraps, white craft glue and uncooked, dinosaur-shaped pasta. Ask the children to create a collage using these materials.

  2. 2

    Sing about dinosaurs. Sing this song to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus":

    The brontosaurus had a very long tail,

    Very long tail,

    Very long tail.

    The brontosaurus had a very long tail,

    When dinosaurs roamed the earth.

    The tyrannosaurus rex had great big teeth,

    Great big teeth,

    Great big teeth.

    The tyrannosaurus rex had great big teeth,

    When dinosaurs roamed the earth.

    Sing this song to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat":

    Dinosaurs, dinosaurs,

    Eating fruits and leaves,

    Take a bite,

    Chew it up and spit out the seeds

  3. 3

    Prepare dinosaur snacks with your preschoolers. Make tyrannosaurus rex teeth snacks using banana halves, melted butterscotch and graham cracker crumbs. Let the children spread the butterscotch on the bananas, then dip the bananas in graham cracker crumbs.

    Mix dinosaur gummies into chocolate pudding. Tell your preschooler paleontologists to dig for dinosaurs with their spoons.

  4. 4

    Play a number identification game with a printed dinosaur, crayons and a die. Draw the outline of a dinosaur's body, then draw lines to divide its body into parts and place the numbers 1 through 6 on the various areas, for example, the head, leg, tail and foot. Make enough copies for each child. Have the children take turns rolling the die and identifying the number that lands on top. Instruct the children to colour an area on the dinosaur that matches the number on each roll of the die. The first child to completely colour the dinosaur correctly wins the game. You can vary the game with different dinosaur shapes.

  5. 5

    Play dinosaur games with your preschoolers. Have a dinosaur egg hunt using plastic eggs. Hide the eggs throughout the classroom or on the playground.

    Also, play dinosaur tag. Select a child to be "It," who must chase and attempt to tag her classmates. A tagged child must provide a dinosaur's name to remain in the game. If the tagged child does not call out a dinosaur's name, she must go to the "tar pit" and wait for the game to be over. The last child to avoid the tar pit wins.

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