Today’s preschool homeschool theme was all about dinosaurs! This was one of my favorite lesson plans that I have put together so far. It also doesn’t hurt that the twins love dinosaurs.
For sensory time, I put together a dinosaur sensory box using a plastic storage box and items we have around the house. Since we are under a mandatory stay at home order, I am not doing any lesson plans that require things we do not already have.
For the sensory box, I added popcorn kernels, lentils, shredded paper and Easter grass. The boys used one of their sets of dinosaur figures to play with in the sensory box and I also gave them cups, scoopers and bowls to play with.
Project: Dinosaur skeleton puzzle
Materials needed: dinosaur skeleton printable, glue, water colors, paint brushes
For today’s art lesson, I printed out two copies of this Dinosaur Skeleton puzzle and cut out the pieces before hand. The boys were able to put the skeleton together almost entirely by themselves. I just put glue where it needed to go in order to put the skeleton together.
Then, they used water colors to paint their dinosaur skeleton. I was super impressed by their finished projects!
For science, we talked about what fossils are and how they are formed. We watched the following video called “Fossils for Kids.”
We followed up with a fossil making project. The boys used Play-Doh and some toy dinosaurs to make foot prints and dinosaur fossils.
I rolled out the Play-Doh for them ahead of time so that they could have a nice, even space to work with.
Music and Movement
For music and movement, we listened to three different dinosaur songs.
Our local libraries are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we only have so many books at home, so I have found read aloud videos on YouTube to be really helpful.
I picked out three books for the boys to listen to that related to our preschool dinosaur theme: Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp and The Littlest Dinosaur.
This day was so much fun! Hope you are having fun learning with your kids!
* Background: We are all going through some chaotic and concerning times at the moment. On Friday, March 13, 2020, our family began our process of social distancing and staying put in our homes. That means we found ourselves with two preschool-aged children at home. I took it upon myself to continue their preschool education while we find ourselves coping with this change in our daily norm. Disclaimer: While I have Masters in Business Administration and Bachelors in Psychology, I do not have any teaching experience.