Ten Top Dinosaur Activities for Kids

Dinosaur Activities

Dinosaurs may be extinct but there’s still loads we can learn about them and we can have heaps of fun doing it too! This list of dinosaur activities can provide you with opportunities to teach your children about dinosaurs and to talk about words your child may not know yet.  Make sure you use and define terms such as extinct, fossil, endangered and prehistoric within these play ideas.

1.        Listen to dinosaur songs

A gentle introduction to dinosaurs can be achieved by listening to dinosaur songs. It’s a very popular topic so there are many variations out there. We searched You Tube and found some impressive dinosaur animations too. Miss Possum’s favourite song is Dinosaur Roar by Justine Clarke. It made our top wildlife song list. You can watch it here.

2.        Watch dinosaur movies

In a previous post, I showed you that watching a movie isn’t all that bad if coupled with further educational play ideas. Here’s a little list of our favourite dinosaur movies:

  • Ice Age
  • The Land Before Time
  •  Jurassic Park (for the older children)
  • Disney’s Dinosaur

 3.        Go to the museum

We’ve been to the museum before and we loved that visit. Sadly, it took us over a year to go back but when we did, we had a blast. Our museum displayed dinosaur bones and they even had an exhibit donated to dinosaur fun for children. Our visit was a perfect way to extend learning for more educational dino fun.

Dinosaur excursion

 4.        Read dinosaur books

There’s a heap of fascinating and enjoyable books related to dinosaurs. Here’s just a few we love:

  • First Dinosaur Encyclopaedia by Caroline Bingham
  • Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland
  • Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki
  • The Dirty Great Dinosaur by Martin Waddell
  • The Little Dinosaur by Catriona Hoy

 5.        Visit kid-friendly dinosaur websites

Here are some terrific dinosaur websites for technological savvy children. Parental supervision may be required for younger children.

 6.       Make dinosaur footprints

We studied some dinosaur footprints online and were lucky enough to see a replica of the Lark Quarry trackway at the museum. It’s the only recorded evidence of a dinosaur stampede in the world and shows more than 3,000 dinosaur footprints. When we got back, we made dinosaur footprints in the sand and measured them against our own.

Dinosaur footprints

Here’s a great dinosaur footprint activity for older children. What can fossil footprints tell us?

 7.       Learn about dinosaurs through play

I bought some cheap dinosaur toys and off we went. The sand pit made for a great play area. We learnt that some dinosaurs eat meat, while others eat plants, some swim and some fly and of course we roared a lot! You can bring in the names of the dinosaurs here if you think your child is ready to go one step further.

Dinosaur activities

You can also use these printable dinosaur masks for prehistoric play including a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus!

 8.       Learn about fossils 

Fossils are preserved remains or traces of animals and plants.  Examples include footprints moulded in mud or petrified organisms. Learn more about fossils together with your child by borrowing some books from the library or looking them up on the internet.

 9.      Make Dinosaur fossils

Buy some powdered plaster at a local craft shop and make your own fossils.

Dino Activities

10.       Palaeontologist play

dinosaurs for kidsAfter you’ve made fossils, why not become paleontologists?  Use small garden tools and paint brushes and dig up those fossils.  I even hid some dried out chicken bones in the sand pit for Miss Possum too!Miss Possum has always loved dinosaurs, and so have I. There’s something intriguing about an entire ecosystem of larger-than-human predator and prey species that just… disappeared. I can’t wait to continue to learn more about them with her. We may not ever be able to see one (thankfully) but we both have great imaginations that can take us back to prehistoric times any day we want!

Extend their learning

  • What was the environment like back in dinosaurs times? Research this topic.
  • Find out how long ago dinosaurs lived.
  • Research the many theories on how dinosaurs became extinct. What do you think happened?
  • Make a prediction about what would happen if we brought dinosaurs back to life (ask this question before watching Jurassic Park).

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    • pawhitehouse says

      You’re very welcome. Miss Possum struggles with a few of the dino computer games but she is only young and won’t take long to pick it up but the fossil activity was out favourite!

  1. kirri says

    I have yet to meet a kid who was not fascinated by dinosaurs! You’ve provided some really great ideas and activities to further learning and more importantly have fun!

    I’m going to check out the dinosaur websites with my girls later.

    PS – Little Miss Possum just gets cuter and cuter!

    • pawhitehouse says

      She is a real little model isn’t she?! I really wish I had a boy though. This blog is female dominated. I need some boy shots!

    • pawhitehouse says

      Thanks Carl. I am also trying to find time to write back to your email. Give me a couple more days please, it’s been a carzy week!

    • pawhitehouse says

      Thanks so much for dropping by Jackie. That was our favourite activity. I thought the plaster fossils might take a lot of time to dry out but it only took 30 minutes , so it was great because we could join the activities togather,

    • pawhitehouse says

      Thanks so much Kelly, that would be great. I’ll have to pop over and check out your post this afternoon (after work). Perhaps I could link yours too!

    • pawhitehouse says

      I hope Mr 3 enjoys it. We still have our fossil and love looking at them and talking about it. I really should hide them in the sandpit again!

  2. says

    My little boy, now 8, could say pachycephalosaurus perfectly, but still said bir for bird until he was in kindergarten! The dinosaur love has moved on to building models now, and reading about them himself.

    • pawhitehouse says

      Kim-marie, I don’t even know if I can say that. That’s pretty impressive! I love hearing that he likes reading. I’ll have to look up some dinosaur books for children over the age of 8 to add to this post!

  3. Rhianna says

    Thanks for sharing Penny, these are fantastic tips. My middle girl is a bit interested in dinosaurs so she will certainly be interested in a few of these

    • pawhitehouse says

      Miss Possum wasn’t that keen on them and then one day she read a book about dinosaurs and then we were off on a dinosaur rampage. This post is actually her second dinosaur interest hit. She is loving learning about them all over again!

    • pawhitehouse says

      Time is the hardest part these days. The fossil activtiy didn’t takes as long as I expected though Trace. I think We spent an hour on the whole project and we even fit in some dinosaur play time in there while the fossil were drying. We had so much fun!

  4. says

    “Dinosaur Roar” and “Ice Age” are both big hits in this household :)
    The fossil making activity looks like fun. The twinlets will love to get there hands digging into that :) x

    • pawhitehouse says

      I know, they really are the song and movie of the year, well, from Miss Possum’s perspective. I would love to see the boys being plaentologists. How adorable would that be! Squee!

  5. Catherine Rodie Blagg (Cup of Tea and a Blog) says

    This is fantastic Pen! my little nephew is totally dinosaur obsessed. I’ll send this to my sister now x

    • pawhitehouse says

      Thanks for dropping by Cath! I hope you sister gets something out of this post. Obsessed dinosaur-loving kids are who I wrote this for!

  6. says

    Love these activities! My son is dino mad and has been for about a year now. He loves watching Dinosaur Train and tells me how he is going to be a palaeontologist when he is an adult :-)

    • pawhitehouse says

      I would have loved if Miss Possum was so interested in dinosaurs that she wanted to be a palaentologist when she grows up. I’d love that. Miss Possum wanted to be a princess or a dancer. Can’t take the girl out of the girl!

  7. says

    I know lots of little dinosaur enthusiasts that are going to love some of these great ideas. I love how you have provided so many great ideas for activities to suit a range of ages. Thanks for sharing!

    • pawhitehouse says

      Than YOU Suzy. Glad you liked them. I’m aslo going to add some books for older children. I need to do that more often. I always usually relate it to younger children (because I have children under 5!)

    • pawhitehouse says

      Yay! Glad I got this you at the right time. I hope she loves them. The plaster we bought was so cheap. It was something like $6! I thought it would cost heaps. I’ll be doing more with plaster soon I think.

  8. Ali @ At home with Ali says

    We love dinosaurs in our house too…. they often gets involved in our messy play – my eldest is fascinated about the theories of extinction (and likes to pour lava over them and cover them with ice etc). This is a great list, we haven’t made fossils yet, that looks like a lot of fun.

  9. says

    Love this post! My 7-year-old is a huge dinosaur fan, so we’ve tried several items on your list. Our favorite is probably digging up fossils. But spending a week at dinosaur camp at our local natural history museum wasn’t bad, either. :-)

  10. Charlotte L. says

    My daughter has been learning all about Dinosaurs and just loves them. I like the fossil idea, she will enjoy this :)

  11. says

    I love these fun dinosaur activities. We just got a dinosaur book and it will be fun to try your ideas along with the book. Please stop by and link this to Artsy Play Wednesday (along with any other arts, crafts and play posts).


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