Many preschoolers are fascinated by dinosaurs and this dinosaur dig for fossil puzzles is sure to excite and engage young learners.
This week the PLAYful Preschool theme is dinosaurs! The team is bringing you so many fun dinosaur activities you can do with the preschoolers in your life. Don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post and check out their activities as well. This is sure to be an exciting #PlayfulPreschool week!
This activity uses a couple of simple ingredients that most of you have at home and turns them into an exciting dinosaur dig activity that is sure to please the preschooler in your life. Evan LOVES dinosaurs and this activity took his interest in them to an all new high! It may seem like an elaborate or time-consuming activity to prep for, but it really is pretty simple and worth some extra effort anyway.
This activity teaches children about fossils and the paleontologists who unearth them. It gives them a chance to explore these concepts in a hands-on way that is sure to leave an impact and help them retain what they have learned. The puzzle portion of the activity also utilizes critical thinking skills.
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Flour – 1 cup
Salt – 1 cup *I found recipes that called for 1/2 cup instead of 1 whole cup. I plan on trying that next time.
Water – About 1/2 cup
Sand box or bin full of sand
Before starting the excavation, we read two books on the topic. The first is Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner and the second is Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton. They are perfect for preschoolers because of their simplicity, rhythm and illustrations. However, both books are great for all ages. They were an excellent introduction to what fossils are and what paleontologists do. Evan and I highly recommend them!