Feb 22, 2012

Dinosaur Activities for Kids

* Read A Day with the Dinosaurs - a FREE book of time-traveling fiction for kids 4 - 11, similar in style to the Magic Treehouse books, but offering a creationist view about dinosaurs. Includes a factoid section and questions to ponder.

* Create a dinosaur diorama with this free printable.

* Make a T-rex, steggo, or Brachiosaurus finger puppet.

* Make dinosaur "models" from paper, or try this pop up T-Rex.

* Eat Dinosaur Footprint Cookies.

* Hammer away at "rock" to find dinosaur toys. (Or use this ice cube method.)

* Create "fossils" using play dough, clay, plaster of Paris, or a simple homemade clay. (Homemade clay: Mix together 4 cups all purpose flour and 1 cup salt. Add 1 1/2 cups water, a little at a time, until a dough forms. If needed, add water a tablespoon at a time to make the dough more moist. Flatten slightly and press toy dinosaur feet, pine cones, your children's hands, etc. into the dough, then bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 1 hour.)

* Dig for dinosaur bones! On cardstock, print out the skeletons of at least two dinosaurs. Cut the skeletons apart. In a sandbox (or large container filled with sand), bury many - but not all - the "bones." Have your children dig up the bones and try to put the dinosaurs back together. (It's extremely rare to find all of a dinosaur's bones; most digs uncover only a few. How difficult it is to match the bones correctly and come up with the same dinosaur scientists believe existed? )

* Make a dinosaur from a paper plate.

* Make dinosaur masks from these free printables.

* Download a free creationist-view dinosaur coloring book.

* Play Build a Dinosaur - a free online game from Scholastic.

* Make these fun dinosaur chompers using clothespins.

* Make dinosaur stand up "paper dolls." Or try this 3D poseable version.

* Make wear-able dinosaur feet from foam - or from Kleenex boxes.

* Create origami dinosaurs.

* Make a dino hat.

* Chip away at a cookie to imitate what it's like digging up fossils.

* Make a T-rex skull from a milk jug.

* Make and measure dinosaur feet.

* Create - and wear! - dinosaur tails.

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