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10 Fun Ways to Play with Dinosaurs!

Artsy Dinos

Our Ultimate Guide to Dinosaur Crafting and Learning Activities!

Have dinosaur fans in your house? We’ll help you learn to play alongside your dino loving littles! Here are 10 ways dinosaur games inspire our play and learning!

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Check out our dinosaur painting kits to add to your preschooler’s dinosaur toy collection!

1) Dinosaur Diorama

Bubba and I had a blast creating this dinosaur diorama! Here are some of the materials we used, but use what works for you!

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  • An open top box - diorama frame
  • Paint your own dinosaurs! - dinosaur toys for diorama
  • Crayola air dry clay and washable paint – the cave, rocks and volcano
  • Construction paper – sky, mountains, grass, clouds
  • Cotton balls – clouds
  • Shrinky Dinks – Flying pterodactyls
  • Tissue paper – lava and trees

2) Pretend play

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Dinosaurs can play with anything! Whether teatime, dollhouse or in Jurassic Park!

With your little ones, remember to take the time to listen to them. Kids have the most unique and precious way of looking at things! Ask them open ended questions and when playing, try not to overly curate the play your way.

What are some open-ended questions for pretend play?

 Open-ended questions for pretend play

3) Dinosaur Fight!

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Carnivores vs. Herbivores! Our dinosaurs are constantly fighting – bad guys vs. good guys, dinosaur families protecting each other, re-enacting tv shows or movies – all kinds of things happening!

4) Build a Dinosaur Toy Village!

Dinosaur magnatiles, dinosaur village from magnatiles

Bubba loves building elaborate dinosaur villages with his Magnatiles! He creates different homes, scenarios, etc. for his elaborate dino stories! These would be great to build with Legos as well.

5) Hide the Dinosaur

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We play this one all the time! Whether at home or at a park with friends (because our dinos travel everywhere with us!), hide the dinosaur is a simple game of hide and seek! You can either hide them and let your littles figure out where they are or give them “Hot or Cold” clues to let them know if they are getting closer or further away!

This is one we also play on virtual playdates – see more info on virtual play dates here!

6) I’m thinking about a Dinosaur

As your kiddos learn more about dinosaurs, this is a fun guessing game to play (works with any type of category – not just dinos!). Start naming features of the dinosaurs until your little guesses it! For example, “I’m thinking of a dinosaur that is an herbivore, has spikes all over and a club tail!” (Ankylosaurus)

Here are a few more to help you get started!

Stegosaurus – herbivore, plates for protection, walks on four legs, spiky tail
Diplodocus – herbivore, long neck, starts with a D
Pachycephalasaurus – walks on two legs, bony skull for protection, herbivore
Spinosaurus – carnivore, sail on its back, larger than a T Rex! May swim! Snout like an alligator
Styracasaurus – herbivore with a bony frill and a single long horn from its nose

7) Dinosaur eggs 

hatch a dinosaur egg

We love playing Dinosaur Dig with these dinosaur egg sets! While Bubba needs help digging through the eggs, he loves the surprise of finding the baby dino!

The little dinosaurs are great for playing, hiding as well as doing a fan favorite activity – ice and jello blocks!

DIY hatching dinosaur eggs

You can also make your own DIY hatching dinosaur eggs courtesy of Steam Powered Family! We haven't tried this one yet, but we did a similar glitter explosion activity with baking soda and vinegar that Bubba loved, so will for sure try it soon! 

8) DIY Dinosaur Crafts

In addition to our making our resin dinosaurs come to life, these are easy dinosaurs crafts for kids that you likely have the materials for!

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Dinosaur Handprint Card from The Joy of Sharing

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Paper Plate Dinosaurs from IHeartCraftyThings

dinosaur popsicle craft

Popsicle Stick Dinosaurs from Glued to My Crafts

dino masks

Dinosaur Masks from Itsybitsyfun

Shrinky dink dinosaur ideas

Shrinky dinks - draw your own dinosaur and shrink them (see our pterodactyls in the diorama above)

9) Dinosaur Printables

Find some of our favorite dinosaur learning resources in printable form (for preschoolers to 1st grade)!

https://www.123homeschool4me.com/free-dinosaur-printables_27/

https://www.reallifeathome.com/dinosaur-printables/

https://www.kindergartenworksheets.net/kindergarten-dinosaur-worksheets.html

Looking for more free worksheets? Check out our diversity themed free printables!

10) Dinosaur Books

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We have a ton of themed dinosaur books, but our favorite is definitely this fun dinosaur book series!

Enjoy playing dinosaurs and learning with your littles!

 


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