D is for Dinosaur
D is for Dinosaur Lesson Plan
When I was teaching Ryan the letter D we focused primarily on dinosaurs because like most kids, he absolutely loves them. We found a great dinosaur pop-up book that became our staple bedtime story and were busy talking about it all week! It got him excited to learn everything he could, to ask questions and eagerly participate in the activities I prepared for him.
Letter D is for Dinosaur
Like a lot of preschoolers, Ryan doesn’t like to practice writing his letters. We have to come up with fun creative ways of understanding and recognizing the alphabet. We cut a letter D out of construction paper and turned it into a dinosaur.
Before you start, remember, the fossil rocks take a couple days to dry so make them ahead of time! I had my little guy help make the dough and let him play with it. When he was done, I set it off to the side and came back to it when he wasn’t around to hide the dinosaurs within the “fossils”. I didn’t want him to know what was buried inside.
- Small plastic dinosaurs
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 cup used coffee grounds
- ½ cup salt
- ¼ cup sand
- 1 cup water
- Mix all the ingredients together
- Divide the mixture into 5 or 6 equal parts and place the dinosaurs inside them
- Bake at 250 degrees for 10 minutes (this will harden the outside) – Don’t worry, it won’t damage the dinosaurs!
- Let the rocks dry for about 2 days (this will allow the rock to harden)
I took the extra plastic dinosaurs and frozen them in ice (I added food coloring for fun). He had fun chipping the ice away. When he was finished, he washed all the dinosaurs off in the sink.
Topics for Discussion
- A paleontologist is a scientist that studies fossils. Fossils give us clues all kinds of clues about what dinosaurs we like!
- What are the names of the different dinosaurs you have?
- What did dinosaurs eat?
- Where did dinosaurs live?
- What special features did dinosaurs have that helped them survive?