Dinosaurs have always been such a popular topic in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. It’s hard to imagine what life would have been like living with these gigantic and scary looking beasts. Maybe that’s why children, and adults, are so interested in them. The mystery of the creatures that used to be!
Something children enjoy is using their hands. Discovering with their senses and learning through sensory play. Our preschool dinosaur theme sensory bin encompasses all of the things children love. Dinosaurs, sand, and playing! Let’s dig up some dinosaur bones!
Learning Through Sensory Activities For Preschoolers
Preschool sensory activities
This dinosaur preschool activity is a great hands-on way to explore fun facts about dinosaurs and how they lived. Children can also explore fossils and hypothesize how they think dinos became extinct.
I like to use the dinosaur sensory activity at the beginning of a unit to get students excited and asking questions. You can pose questions like:
- What is the difference between carnivores and herbivores?
- Why do you think dinosaurs are no longer around?
- What type of habitat did the dino live in?
- What would you do if you saw a real dinosaur?
What Can Preschoolers Learn While Playing With Sensory Dinosaur Activities For Kids
dinosaur themed activities for preschoolers
LEARNING ABOUT DINOSAURS IS A GREAT TIME TO INTRODUCE SCIENTIFIC VOCABULARY THAT SOMETIMES TRANSFERS TO OTHER TOPICS.
Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Through Sensory Play?
Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about animals and plants help them understand the world a little bit better.
How To Use The Dinosaur Activity For Preschool
How to Make This Sensory Bin
Find a bin, shoe box, or sand/water table. Fill the bin with sand.
Add in small plastic dinosaurs. This can also include dinosaurs that fly and swim.
Let your children explore. While they are playing make sure to ask questions and provide information on the historic creatures. You can also add in dinosaur eggs, fossils, and dinosaur bones.
Some of our Favorite Dinosaur Books for Kids:
We can’t live without these!
Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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Dinosaur A-Z: For kids who really love dinosaurs!How to Catch a DinosaurDinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist (Women in Science Biographies, Fossil Books for Kids, Feminist Picture Books, Dinosaur Gifts for Kids)Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark: (Read-Aloud Family Books, Dinosaurs Kids Book About Fear of Darkness)Pop-up Peekaboo! Baby DinosaurPop-up Dinosaurs: A Pop-Up Book to Get Your Jaws Into (Priddy Pop-Up)Dinosaur Dance! (Sandra Boynton Board Books)Touch and Feel: Dinosaur