Dino-mania - Craft ideas for preschoolers

Published on Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Last updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2019

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Dinosaurs are a source of fascination for most tamariki at some stage and as a result are a great theme to plan into your curriculum.

Due to the wide range of excellent resources, dinosaur themed activities can encompass every aspect of the early childhood environment, from outside play to quiet time on the mat.

This week we feature some dino-themed craft ideas to put a bit of ROAR in your day.

Dinosaur feet - Use thick cardboard to create stomping dinosaur feet and hold a parade.

Paper plate diplodocus - The simple equipment required for this activity make it ideal for spontaneous art projects.

Dinosaur island - Create a prehistoric landscape for the toy dinos in your service to call home! This would make a great group activity if done on a large scale.

Dinosaur bones - Squishy, messy Papier Mache is used to create these awesome dinosaur bones which, when dry, would make great fossil hunting props.

Dinosaur eggs - Another fun Papier Mache project which, with a bit of planning, results in a dinosaur egg which actually hatches!

3-D eggs - Another option in the egg department, these eggs can be made to hatch too and offer a quicker outcome than Papier Mache.

Dinosaur skeleton - Use penne pasta to create a collage in the shape of a dinosaur skeleton.

Salt dough fossils - Create fossils out of salt dough, a great activity for promoting small motor development and perfect for younger kids.

T-Rex models - You'll need a printer to create the template for these ferocious beasts.

Dinosaur dioramas - These 3-D collages can be scaled up or down in complexity depending on the age and capabilities of the children.

These craft ideas were originally sourced on Enchanted LearningActivity Village, and Busy Bee Kids Crafts.

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