Preschool Lesson Plan: Dinosaur Theme

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.

Sensory

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.

Dinosaur-themed sensory box
Dinosaur sensory box

Art

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!

Dinosaur skeleton art project with water colors

Science

For science, we talked about what fossils are and how they are formed. We watched the following video called “Fossils for Kids.”

Fossils for Kids – Clarendon Learning

We followed up with a fossil making project. The boys used Play-Doh and some toy dinosaurs to make foot prints and dinosaur fossils.

Making fossils out of Play-Doh

I rolled out the Play-Doh for them ahead of time so that they could have a nice, even space to work with.

Making fossils out of Play-Doh
Play-Doh Fossils

Music and Movement

For music and movement, we listened to three different dinosaur songs.

The Dinosaurs Song – Big Word Club
Dinosaur Stomp – Mother Goose Club
I’m a Chef Today – Pinkfong

Language

For language, we reviewed words and pictures using two sets of dinosaur word cards from PreKinders.com: Set 1 and Set 2.

Storytime

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.

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
The Littlest Dinosaur by Michael Foreman

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.

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