Both my kids love dinosaurs. They are fascinated by these incredible creatures and are obsessed with dinosaur toys, books, and movies. We enjoy doing a variety of dinosaur-themed activities together because I’m always looking for exciting means to keep the kids occupied and interested.
I have put together the activities I do with my kids. 👇
You can try these activities out with your children, and I can guarantee that they will enjoy themselves.
They are very simple to do and will keep your children for a good while. Here, I hope you’ll find some ideas for your dino-themed family outings.
Dinosaur Themed Activities For Kids
Dinosaur Counting Game
Take a dice and some plastic dinosaurs. Let the kids roll the dice and move their dino friends along a path. Count the steps with them and have them practice their numbers.
This significantly helped my son in his early learning years as he worked on improving his numerical abilities. 😅
Frozen Dinosaur Eggs
You can engage in this fascinating activity with your children. A plastic dinosaur should be placed inside a hollow mold.
After that, fill it with water and place it in the refrigerator overnight to freeze. Then help the kids to melt the ice and dig up the dinosaurs.
Dinosaur Counting Sheets
Give out coloring sheets with various illustrations of numbered dinosaurs. Children color the dinosaurs by the assigned number, reinforcing their ability to count and recognize colors.
The sheets can be created by hand or downloaded and printed from the internet.
Dinosaur Do-A-Dot Coloring Pages
Give children dotted-outline black-and-white illustrations of dinosaurs. They join the dots using dot markers to create colorful and distinctive works of art.
My son would enjoy engaging in this. He would connect the dots with markers of various vibrant colors.
Dot markers help in the development of fine motor and hand-eye coordination. Remind children to manage pressure for better outcomes.
Make sure you have a selection of dot markers in various colors. This increases excitement and inspires creativity.
Draw or trace the footprints of dinosaurs onto paper. Cut them out, then arrange them in a trail around the available space. Children imagine themselves to be traveling dinosaurs as they follow the footprints. 🐾
This is currently one of my daughter’s favorite activities.
Small toy dinosaurs can be equipped with magnets by using adhesive tape. Provide a magnetic surface, such as a whiteboard or baking tray.
My son would place the dino toys and other objects on the board while telling stories.
Dinosaur Sensory Jar
Sand, miniature dinosaurs, and pebbles should be put into a transparent jar. The jar must be tightly sealed. Children can observe the dinosaurs’ interactions with the environment while shaking, tilting, and watching. 🤗
My son also added some glitters to make it more visually appealing.
Paper Plate Dinosaur
With markers, scissors, and glue, kids can create their paper plate dinosaurs. To make their dinosaurs unique, they can pick their patterns, hues, and textures.
Kids can use this activity to explore their creativity while learning about dinosaurs.
Tossing paper plate dinosaurs into a target can be a lot of fun for kids. Simply cut out some paper plate dinosaurs and add features to play. After that, set up a target and have the kids try tossing as many dinosaurs into it as they can.
For the dinosaurs, use various colors and designs to make them more interesting to toss.
For younger children, make the target larger; for older children, make it smaller.
Dinosaur Skeleton From Pasta
From pasta, children can make their dinosaur skeletons. Simply glue various pasta shapes together to form a dinosaur shape to make a dinosaur skeleton. 🍝
To make it more entertaining, my son added googly eyes and other decorations.
Dinosaur Board Game
A dinosaur board game can be a tonne of fun for kids. This is a fantastic exercise in problem-solving and strategic thinking. Roll the dice, then move your dinosaur around the board to begin playing.
To win, they must dodge obstacles.
Pick a dinosaur board game that is suitable for the kids’ age group.
Make sure the game is simple to play and understand. Place the game in a safe place and keep an eye on the kids as they play.
Dinosaur Moving Game
Moving their dinosaur figurines around a playmat can be a lot of fun for kids. This is an excellent exercise for coordination and motor skills.
Set the dinosaur figurines on the playmat and shift them around with your hands to begin playing.
Simply cut out a cardboard dinosaur head shape to create a dinosaur mask. Then, add finishing touches to the mask with paint, markers, or other supplies. 🐲
Once the mask has been decorated, fasten it to a string or headband so that the children can wear it.
Allow kids to choose the dinosaurs they want to create masks for. Kids can play a fun pretend play game by wearing masks and acting like dinosaurs.
Kids can use this activity to explore their creativity while learning about dinosaurs.
Dinosaur Graphing Activity
Simply gather information about dinosaurs, such as their size, weight, or lifespan, to start playing. After that, make a graph to show the data. 📈✏️
My son enjoyed doing this. He made his graphs more interesting by using various colors and shapes.
Dinosaur Footprint Cookies
Simply roll out some cookie dough and cut out dinosaur footprints with dinosaur cookie cutters to make the cookies. Then, bake the cookies following the instructions on the package.
While enjoying the cookies and hot chocolate, let the children play.
Dinosaur Swamp Sensory Bin
Just fill a bin with various items that represent a swamp, such as green beans, water beads, and plastic dinosaurs, to create a sensory bin that looks like a dinosaur swamp. 🦖
After that, children can explore the bin with their hands.
Simply play some music and allow the children to run around like dinosaurs. They can pretend to eat leaves and trees and make various dinosaur noises.
To make it more entertaining, my son created some dinosaur feet and attached them to his shoe.
Dinosaur Handprint Craft
To make handprints or footprints of dinosaurs on paper, children can dip their hands in paint.
Create a dinosaur by adding features like eyes, teeth, and spikes after that. To give the dinosaur more color, you can also use paint or markers in various colors.👐
Activity Pages With Dinosaur Theme
Let the child explore puzzles, coloring pages, mazes, and dot-to-dot activities featuring beautiful dinosaurs.
These are just a few suggestions for dinosaur-themed kids’ activity pages. You can find something ideal for your child’s interests and age, among many other wonderful choices.
Dinosaur Bath Sensory Play
Simply add a variety of dinosaur-themed toys and materials to the bath, like plastic dinosaurs, bath crayons, and water beads, to create a sensory play experience with dinosaurs. 🛁
My son would love to engage in this. He would prepare the bath in our backyard in a tub.
Foam Jurassic World
Fill a bin with foam dinosaurs and other items from the Jurassic World theme, such as trees, rocks, and water, to create a foam Jurassic World activity.
I would advise encouraging the kids to use foam sheets to make mountains, volcanoes, and rivers.
Measuring Dinosaurs With LEGO Bricks
Bring LEGO bricks and toy dinosaurs together for this activity. Encourage the kids to use bricks as the measuring tool when determining the lengths of the dinosaurs. 🦕
Through imaginative play, they can learn measurement concepts.
Dinosaur Digging Pit
Kids will love playing paleontologists in this entertaining activity. Simply fill a container with sand or dirt, bury some plastic dinosaur toys, and you have a working dinosaur digging pit.
The children can then dig up the bones using tools like shovels and brushes.
Before adding the dinosaur toys, make sure the sand or dirt is completely dry.
Make sure the children are closely watched to prevent them from putting the dinosaur bones or toys in their mouths.
Dinosaur Themed Slime
Help the kids in making slime with green food coloring and a Jurassic theme by including dinosaur figurines. Let the kids playfully squish, stretch, and explore the tactile texture.
You can even add some green glitters to the slime.
Letter Crafting With Toy Dinosaurs
The letter’s shape can be made by the kids using craft materials and toy dinosaurs. While learning about the world of these prehistoric creatures, it improves letter recognition, hand-eye coordination, and creativity. 😎
My son would lay the plastic dinos on the floor and form the letters.
Create Paper Dinosaurs
Help the kids cut out some basic paper shapes, like triangles, circles, and squares, to create a paper dinosaur.
Build a dinosaur’s body, head, and tail by combining the shapes. They can also add details like spikes, teeth, and googly eyes.
Dinosaur Color Sorting
Simply gather a variety of colored plastic dinosaurs to play with. After that, give the children containers or bowls with labels naming the various colors. 🌈
The dinosaurs can then be sorted by color and placed in the appropriate bowls or bins by the children.
Children can participate in stomping, singing, and dancing to songs that take them back in time. As they imitate dinosaur roars and movements, their imaginations will soar. 🎵🎶
A love for music and dinosaurs can be sparked by this educational, musical adventure that combines learning and play.
Dinosaur Fossils From Salt Dough
Roll out the dough, cut out dinosaur shapes with cookie cutters, and bake the finished fossils until they are hard.
After the dinosaur shapes have cooled, you can bury them in a planter or sandbox and let the kids “excavate” them to find the dinosaur fossils.
To make salt dough, combine 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 cup of water. Stir the ingredients together until the dough is stiff but not sticky. To change the color of the dough, you can add food coloring.
Moveable Dinosaur Crafts
Simply cut out dinosaur shapes from paper or felt to create a moveable dinosaur. After that, join the dinosaur parts together with toothpicks or straws so that they can move.
My son would enjoy acting out stories with his mobile dinosaurs.
Simply cut out a dinosaur shape from felt or construction paper to create a dinosaur-themed hat. So that the children can wear it, you can add an elastic band or headband.🌞
My daughter likes to put on the hat and play the character of a dinosaur.
This is an excellent creative and scientific learning exercise. Just acquire a jar or container, soil, plants, and miniature dinosaur figurines, and put everything inside to create a dinosaur-themed terrarium.
To make a small ecosystem, you can also add water to the terrarium.
Dinosaur Finger Puppets
Bring scissors, glue, felt, and googly eyes together. Cut out the felt dino shapes, tail, and spikes with your child, then sew on the eyes.
Leave the bottom of the folded felt unfinished, allowing room for fingers, and glue the sides. 🖐️
Kids will have fun with these puppets.
Dinosaur Themed Gross Motor Cards
Gather gross motor cards with dinosaur themes, read the card, and perform the action.
For instance, one card might read “stomp like a T-Rex,” and another might read “crawl like a Triceratops.” I enjoy playing this game with my kids.
Dinosaur Flashcard Match
Kids can play a game that improves memory by connecting bright pictures of dinosaurs with names and details mentioned on cards. 💫
While capturing interest in these extinct creatures, this interactive activity improves cognitive function.
Watch Dinosaur Movies
This is a fantastic activity for relaxation and learning about dinosaurs. Just choose some dinosaur films and enjoy them all together.
You can also discuss the dinosaurs in the movies and find out about their various characteristics and habits.
Collect colored paper, glue, scissors, and markers, along with paper lanterns. Help the kids cut out the dinosaur’s features and shapes. 🏮
Attach the shapes to the lantern with glue before inserting a tiny battery-operated candle. My son hung the lantern he made in his study room.
Children can use paper to create beautiful dinosaur creations, developing their patience and fine motor skills.
With the help of origami, this fun activity brings extinct reptiles to life and encourages creativity as well as appreciation for the craft.
Dinosaur-Themed Scavenger Hunt
With this entertaining activity, kids will love looking for dinosaur-related items around the house or yard. ☺️
To play, just hide dinosaur-themed items throughout the house or yard and provide the kids with a list of hints. My kids enjoy solving puzzles and finding objects.
Dinosaur Skeleton From Cardboard Tubes
This is an adept creative and fine motor task. Only cardboard tubes, scissors, glue, and markers are all that are required to make a dinosaur skeleton.
The dinosaur bones can then be made by cutting the cardboard tubes into various shapes. 📦
Craft Stick Bridges
This is a fantastic STEM learning and creative activity. All you need are craft sticks, glue, and a dinosaur toy to construct a bridge out of them. Next, create a bridge that is sturdy enough to support the dinosaur.
To make the bridges more enjoyable, encourage kids to use craft sticks in various colors.
To determine which bridge design is most effective, they can test out various options.
Dinosaur Stamping Art
Toy dinosaur figures can be painted, and kids can use them to make colorful prints on paper. This artistic and hands-on activity promotes creativity, exploration, and the delight of colorfully stamping dinosaurs.💮
Shape Formation With Dinosaur Erasers
For your children, you can easily buy dinosaur-shaped erasers from the market. They are available in various sizes and colors.
By arranging these erasers into various shapes, children can develop their spatial awareness while learning about these prehistoric creatures.
Dinosaur Shaped Cookies
Roll out the sugar cookie dough and cut out shapes with the dinosaur cookie cutters.
After baking the cookies as directed on the package, decorate them with icing and sprinkles. These tasty dinosaur cookies are sure to be a hit with your kids.🍪
These activities are a great way to introduce kids to dinosaurs and help them learn about them in a fun and interesting way. Try out a few of these activities with your own children to see how much fun they have.🌞
Which activities did you try with your children? Please share in the comments section below.
I’m a former teacher with a background in child development and a passion for creating engaging and educational activities for children. I strongly understand child development and know how to create activities to help children learn and grow. Spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and volunteering in my community.