Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific Space theme questions while making these fun snacks!
Dinosaur Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Make a cave by hanging a sheet over the dramatic play area or by adding a tent. Provide stuffed dinos, blankets, artificial flowers and bushes. Hang crepe paper from the ceiling. Place a blue sheet on the floor for the water they would drink or bathe in. Provide plastic eggs with baby dinos in them.
Themed activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
Estimation Foot Station
Materials: LARGE prehistoric footprints made from construction paper.
In small groups, encourage children to guess how many of them will "fit" into the foot prints. Write down their estimates.
The children then all try to stand in the footprint, count how many friends fit and then compare it to the number they estimated.
Prehistoric Memory Game
Materials Needed: Prehistoric sets of stickers and juice lids.
Make pairs of matching lids. The children then use them as a traditional memory game by placing them face down and turning over 2 to see if they match. If they do, they put them aside. If they don't match, they flip them back over and try again.
I recommend starting with only a few pairs first and then add more pairs as they become more comfortable with the game.
For children who do not have experience with this game yet, place the lids face up for them to visually find the matches.
Materials needed: copies of your favorite dinos or lots and lots of small dino sorters; 8X10 paper with numerals on them. Base the numbers you print on the number recognition AND the one-to-one correspondence you are working on. If your children are all able to count out 5 items, then make the papers 6-10 or higher.
Place the number papers out and a bowl of sorters or pictures. The children should count out the number of dinos to match the number that is on the paper.
EXTENSION: It may help to have the equivalent number of dots on each paper. This allows your preschoolers to place one dino per dot and therefore improve their one-to-one correspondence as well as their eye-hand coordination.
Themed Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Materials Needed: large paper bags (grocery bags) and music.
Place the bags on the children's feet for dino feet. In advance, cut out dino toes (claws). Tape them onto the bags once the children "put on their feet".
Dance like dinos!
Sing the traditional Goin' On a Bear Hunt song and change the words:
Going on a dino hunt (slap thighs)
And I'm not afraid. (point to self)
Look, there's a tall mountain (hand over eyes).
Can't go under it, can't go over it, I'll have to go around it!
Look, there's a river! .....Guess I'll swim across it!
There's some tall grass...... guess I'll go through it.
Look, there's a cave!......Guess I'll go IN it!
Shhh...It's dark in here!
It's cold in here!
I feel some scales..
I feel some teeth...what is it?
Quick run out of the cave, through the grass, across the river, over the mountain, back to our house, close the door...
Phew...We went on a dino hunt, and I wasn't afraid!
Dino Hokey Pokey
Sing and do the movements to this traditional dance but insert dino items instead!
You put your front paws in, you put your front paws out, you put your front paws in and you shake them all about!
You do the dino hokey and you turn yourself around, that's what it's all about!
You put your tail in.......
You put your head plates in....
You put your back plates in....
In advance make sets of different prehistoric footprints. You can make them from paper or felt, though felt could be saved and used year after year.
Tape the foot prints in pairs around your dancing area.
Play some dino themed music or just fun music!
Tell the children that when the music plays, they should come OFF the footprints and dance and move like dinos!
When the music stops, they should go to the nearest set of footprints.
SUGGESTION: Your preschoolers may not used to this type of "pick any one" type of instruction. At first, if a child starts on a blue set of prints, they think of those prints as "theirs" and if someone else goes on them, you may have a meltdown on your hands! There are several ways to start out with this!
1. As they are dancing, place their nametags near a set of prints and have them freeze when the music stops. Then instruct them to find their names.
2. As they are dancing, hand them a piece of paper or felt the same color as one of the sets of footprints. When the music stops, instruct them to freeze! And then find some footprints that are the color they are holding.
Materials needed: shaving cream, dino sorters and paint brushes.
Cover dino sorters with shaving cream. Provide spoons and paint brushes for the children to "discover" the dinos!
VARIATION: Do this same activity at the art table! Cover a dino sorter with shaving cream. Provide each child with a paint brush to find the dino! You can add paint to the shaving cream and also encourage the children to write in the shaving cream.
Materials needed: sand, rocks, plastic plants, toy dinos, dirt/soil. The children use the materials to create a prehistoric habitat!
Materials needed: Ivory soap flakes, water, small dino counters/sorters.
Have children mix the soap flakes with water until it makes a thick paste.
They take a handful and cover a small dino with it. They should make it into the shape of an egg and be sure the dino doesn't show!
Themed Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Check them out!
Materials: Prehistoric skeleton models (available at teacher or science stores) or pictures of skeletons, magnifying glasses
Let the children check these out with magnifying glasses!
EXTENSION: Provide chalk and black paper for them to make their own x-ray-type skeletons.
Dino EggsThank you Lyla D. for submitting this activity!
1 cup flour
1 cup used coffee grinds
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup sand
In large bowl, mix all the ingredients into a dough.
Remove the dough form and knead it on a floured surface.
Hide small dinos ( or whatever) in the center of the dough and allow to dry in a warm place for 2-3 days.
When dry, the dough will look and feel like a rock. Break open the rock with a small hammer to reveal the dinos
Materials needed: Playdough, shallow trays (1 for each child) pipettes, vinegar, baking soda, goggles
Provide playdough for the children to make their own volcanoes.
Wearing their goggles (to avoid them from touching their eyes after touching the vinegar), the children use small spoons to put baking soda in their volcano and then use the pipettes to drop vinegar on the baking soda.
The Apatosaurus' footprint was known to be approximately 24 inches wide by 48 inches tall! Make one on paper and have the children guess how many children will fit! Then have them all fit in!
EXTENSION: Ask children how big they thought an Apatosaurus was. Provide a 70 foot piece of yarn rolled in a ball. Take it outside and unroll it with the children. THAT is how long they were!
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