Roaring into another fun week of learning!
Dinosaurs are loved and fascinated by both girls and boys. Santa brought Lucy's brother some large plastic dinosaurs and Lucy keeps asking to borrow them. That's when I knew... time for a dinosaur theme! When I told her Sunday that this week in school we will be talking about dinosaurs she seemed confused by it and not so excited. Fast forward to Friday and she is begging for more dinosaur activities!
Rock Letters - Our letter of the week is "Uu" so we made U's using rocks, then tried making other letters with the rocks too.
Paleontologist Diggers - I wrote a-u (the letters we have been going over so far) on painters tape cut them apart and spread around randomly on our crafters tray. I then covered the tray with colored rice and had her use a paintbrush as a tool (we discussed tools paleontologists use to dig up dinosaur bones) to discover the letters. Once she found a letter she peeled it off and taped it it's uppercase. I had simply wrote A-U on a piece of paper for her to stick the lowercase letters to.
Dino Egg predicting, Counting, and Writing - I had a few plastic Easter eggs kicking around that missed the take down Easter tote so I utilized those! I took the mini dinosaurs and filled each egg with a different amount. We made predictions (yes I introduced this word!) on how many dinosaurs were in each egg based on shaking, holding it up to a light, and seeing how many dinosaurs were in the other eggs. Once she discovered how many dinosaurs were in the egg she took a paintbrush and wrote a number in the colored rice we used for our letter digging.
Dino Egg Smash - I could say, "find the egg that has the number..." and she would smash said number with a toy hammer (wrapped in foil to keep it clean. I have been saving my egg shells for this. This activity is a huge favorite at my house, I have also altered this with find the letter. You can really differentiate this to any age and grade level. As an adult I wanted to smash the egg shells!
Crafts and Sensory
Dinosaur Sensory Play - From the dollar store we bought a sack of stones, I had extra lentals left over from feelings week (from our our stress balls), and I added some blue and green colored rice to create a scene on our sensory tray. I added extra sensory items in the small bowls for her to either add more to the scene, or to use by itself. We used my son's large dinosaurs and I bought small dinosaurs on amazon for about $10 to play in the sensory tray.
Salt Dough Fossils - We used our mini dinosaurs to make imprints on salt dough to recreate a fossil. I have linked here how to make salt dough. You can roll the dough out nice and pretty and even use cookie cutters with salt dough they make great gifts with a child's hand or footprint. However, with this I was going for rough bumpy sand to look more prehistoric so I patted it down with my hands and left the ends loose.
Paper Plate Dinosaurs - I cut a paper plate in half and let her paint her stegosaurus. Then I cut toilet paper rolls to fit like legs. It came out pretty cute. Lucy really enjoyed this activity.