For story time this week we read 3 lovely dinosaur fiction books: Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones, and Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp. I talked about how much I love Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp in my last blog post, and it is, in fact, the reason we focused on dinosaurs this week - I really wanted to read it again! Then big question was what we could do along with the books.
If you Pinterest (I believe that really should be a verb, because I do it all the time), you know there are a gazillion fantastic and fun activities to go along with any subject. Here's a link to my dinosaurs board for those of you who also use Pinterest as a verb.
We sorted dinosaurs by color. I made some very simple sorting mats by cutting brightly colored copy paper into quarters, and then mounting 4 of the resulting rectangles on white construction paper. We had a supply of red, blue, green and yellow dinosaurs in one of our resource kits, so a simple sorting activity was born.
I brought in a couple of fossils for the children to explore (carefully). This child was fascinated with the small vug of crystals in my amonite.
There was dough for the children to make imprints in, much like fossils, but without the millions of years of waiting. (Nobody has time for that!)
Here's another possibility I never considered. Tyrannosaurus Rex balancing on his tail and doing the splits. Bet you never thought of that either!
Here's another early math concept we worked on this week: patterning. I made AB, ABC, AAB and ABB dinosaur patterns, and the children (and parents) read the patterns, then extended them.
Our final activity was digging for dinosaur in the Jurassic sand. There were usually 6 - 8 children gathered around this sensory bin, pretending, digging, or just running the sand through their fingers. Little do they know they're working on their finger muscle strength, preparing their hands for all the jobs they will do!
As the children left, we asked them to put one stamp on today's graph: Which book did you like best today?