Preschool children are often fascinated by dinosaurs. This intense interest makes dinosaurs a great topic for preschoolers to learn about! Dinosaurs are also a wonderful topic for parents and teachers to create learning units about. This post will give you many great activities to add to or supplement your dinosaur preschool unit.
The dinosaur activities below are perfect for preschoolers and include fine motor activities, gross motor activities, math activities, literacy activities, crafts and sensory activities.
For this reason, dinosaurs are a topic explored in Kindergarten at Home, my curriculum for 4-5 year olds! If you are ready for a simple, day-by-day, no-prep, deep learning program for your child in as little as 3 hours per week, please check it out!
Dinosaur Activities for Preschool
These 25 dinosaur activities for preschool will be a fun way for young children to develop the skills needed for kindergarten, such as fine motor skills, gross motor skills, literacy skills, and math skills.
Dinosaur Fine Motor Activities
Triceratops Nest: Dinosaur Dig – With this fun dinosaur activity, your preschooler will dig for triceratops using their hands or tools such as a paintbrush. This activity uses cloud dough so also doubles as a sensory activity.
Save the Dinosaurs by Our Hawaii Test Kitchen – This is a super simple fine motor activity! Simply tape some small dinosaur toys to a tray and invite your preschooler to save the dinosaurs by peeling off the tape.
Craft Stick Bridges for Dinosaurs by Hands On As We Grow – With a few craft items, invite your preschooler to build some bridges for their dinosaur toys. This is a great fine motor activity as well as a simple STEM project.
Dinosaur Fine Motor Hunt by Best Toys 4 Toddlers – With this activity, your preschooler will search the sand using a paintbrush for the hidden dinosaurs. This is a fun activity to practice fine motor skills and for sensory play.
Dinosaur Fine Motor Activity by Powerful Mothering – Invite your preschooler to wrap up or save the dinosaurs with this simple fine motor activity. You’ll need some plastic dinosaur toys and small rubber bands.
Dinosaur Gross Motor Activities
Dinosaur Stomp: A Prehistoric Kindergarten Homeschool Project – Make some coffee can stilts and invite your preschooler to stomp around the yard just like a dinosaur. It’s a classic childhood craft project and great for gross motor skills.
Dinosaur Gross Motor Movement Ideas by Pink Oatmeal – Print off these dinosaur-themed gross motor movement cards and use them to take a brain break and get the wiggles out. They are the perfect addition to any dinosaur preschool unit plan.
Dinosaur Toss by Mess for Less – Practice tossing and skipping with your preschooler by playing this dinosaur toss game in the backyard! You’ll need some rocks, sidewalk chalk and blue painter’s tape.
Dinosaur Stomp Song by Let’s Play Kids Music – Listen to these dinosaur songs for kids while you stomp around the room like dinosaurs. This is a great way to incorporate music and movement into your homeschool or classroom.
Stomping Dinosaur Gross Motor Dice by 3 Dinosaurs – Print out these dinosaur gross motor dice and play a round of Stomping Dinosaurs with your preschoolers. It’s a fun way to practice gross motor skills as well as following directions.
Dinosaur Math Activities
Dinosaur Measure by Pocket of Preschool – Measuring dinosaurs with unifix cubes or LEGO bricks is a great way to incorporate some hands-on math into your preschool dinosaur unit plans. For this activity, you’ll need some plastic dinosaur toys and small blocks.
Dinosaur Board Game Counting Activity by Fun Learning for Kids – Preschoolers will have fun practicing their counting skills with this fun dinosaur board game. For this activity, you’ll need some small dinosaur game pawns, a die and the printable board game.
Dinosaur Pattern Block Mats by Simple Everyday Mom – Preschoolers will learn to recognize shapes and learn how they can be used to create patterns and designs with these dinosaur pattern block mats. For this activity, you’ll need some pattern blocks and the printable mats.
Fun Dinosaur Graphing Activity by Artsy Momma – Teach your preschoolers about graphs with this fun dinosaur graphing activity. You’ll need some buttons or markers and the printable graph and die.
Dinosaur Color Sorting Activity by Stir the Wonder – With this activity, preschoolers will have fun sorting dinosaurs by color. You’ll need some colorful dinosaur manipulatives, popsicle sticks or baskets to sort them.
Dinosaur Literacy Activities
Fun Dinosaur Facts for Kids Puzzles – This is a great activity for young dinosaur enthusiasts. As they work to put the puzzles together, they will be learning dinosaur facts.
Dinosaur Beginning Sound Scavenger Hunt by Fantastic Fun and Learning – With this printable, your preschooler will have fun learning beginning sounds. Simply print the printable, cut out the cards and hide the dinosaur eggs around the room for your young learner to find and sort.
Digging for Dinosaur Fossils Sensory Bin by Learning 4 Kids – This dinosaur fossils sensory bin is a fun, hands-on way for preschoolers to sort uppercase letters and lowercase letters. It is also a fun activity to play with while reading the book Dinosaur Dig.
D is for Dinosaur Craft by The Kindergarten Connection – Use this adorable D is for Dinosaur craft to teach your preschooler about the letter d recognition and phonics. For this craft, you’ll need some construction paper, dot markers and googly eyes.
Dinosaur Letter Tracing Busy Bag by Modern Preschool – This is a great, hands-on activity for preschoolers to practice letter recognition and letter formation. All you need are some big letters written on paper and some small dinosaur manipulatives.
Dinosaur Art & Crafts Activities
5 Minute Dinosaur Crafts for Kids: Bobbling Dinosaur Hat – Preschoolers will love making and wearing this fun dinosaur hat! All you need is some paint, paper plates and construction paper.
Stamped Dinosaur Art with Duplo by Stay at Home Educator – Stamped Duplo bricks make the perfect texture for some dinosaur art! For this craft, you’ll need some paint, Duplo bricks and the printable black line dinosaur templates.
Dinosaur Process Art Project at Rainy Day Mum – Painting with plastic toy dinosaurs is a great open-ended, process art project for preschoolers. You’ll need some toy dinosaurs, paint and paper.
Dinosaur Handprint Art by Simple Everyday Mom – This adorable dinosaur handprint art can be used to decorate a child’s bedroom or the classroom. You’ll need some paint and a white canvas to make this keepsake art project.
Tape Resist Dinosaur Bone Painting by Pink Stripy Socks – After showing your preschooler some dinosaur fossils, make these tape-resist dinosaur bone paintings. You’ll need the printable dinosaur outlines, tape and paint.
There you have it, 25 dinosaur activities for preschoolers incorporating fine motor skills, gross motor skills, math, literacy, art and more! I hope these hands-on dinosaur activities have inspired you to have fun learning about dinosaurs with your young scholars!