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!

Preschool sensory bin with a dinosaur theme.

Recommended Grade Level:

Dinosaur Sensory Bin Supplies:

  • Sensory table or bin
  • Sand
  • Small dinosaur toys
  • Rocks
  • Small plastic plants
  • Scoops

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Learning Through Sensory Activities For Preschoolers

Preschool sensory activities


Preschool sensory bin ideas can be never ending. Fun dinosaur activities can include eggs, toy dinosaurs, fossils, and bones.

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?
Supplies for making the dinosaur-themed preschool activity.

What Can Preschoolers Learn While Playing With Sensory Dinosaur Activities For Kids

dinosaur themed activities for preschoolers


You can use vocabulary and the preschool dinosaur activity to compare/contrast with other animals, plants, or insects.

  • Extinct
  • Carnivore/Herbivore/Omnivore
  • Grow/change
  • Fossils
Completed dinosaur activity for kids.

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.

Exploring Senses

Sensory play is a great way to help children learn to use their senses and develop new ideas. What does the sand feel like? Can you tell me something else that might feel like sand?

Connect with Nature

The more children know and understand about the natural world, the more they will connect and understand to natural surroundings.

Understand Cycles

Many things in our world are cyclical: life, seasons, and weather are a few examples. Understanding basic life cycles gives kids knowledge of general cycles.

Building Friendships

Let’s play in the kinetic sand together! Social play is so important for early learning. Children will learn how to take turns, social communication skills, and basic friendship norms.

How To Use The Dinosaur Activity For Preschool

How to Make This Sensory Bin

Step One:

Find a bin, shoe box, or sand/water table. Fill the bin with sand.

To make the preschool sensory bin, first put the kinetic sand into a container.

Step Two:

Create the landscaping for the sensory bin. Add in different sized and colored rocks. You can also add in small plastic vegetation like trees or bushes.

Step Three:

Add in small plastic dinosaurs. This can also include dinosaurs that fly and swim.

Add toy dinosaurs to complete the preschool sensory bin.

Step Four:

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.

Children engaging with the fun dinosaur activity.

Dinosaur Crafts

Dinosaur crafts are a colorful way to display how different the huge lizards were. Use paper plates, paint, markers, googly eyes, and crayons to create your dinos.

Create a Book

Make a dinosaur book with half sheets of paper and child illustrations or magazine cut outs. Have them tell you what each page says and write down their words.

Counting Grid

Use the dinosaur counting grid along with the plastic toy dinosaurs to practice counting, adding, and subtracting.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.Β 

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