Welcome to another day of Mommy School! I’m excited about today’s lesson, though I warn you that this lesson does take a little bit of prep work first. But it’s worth it cause this lesson is so fun!
- D Tracing Page
- Dinosaur Printable Pages
- Materials for Dinosaur Eggs
- Salt Dough
- Round Cookie Cutters
- Sand box or other area of dirt for digging
- Chipboard Ds
- Stakes and plastic ribbon
Prep Work: Before giving this lesson you have to prepare a few things. First, make the Dinosaur eggs. These may have to sit for a few days to dry, so prepare them well in advance. If you’ve ever seen an excavation site you’ve probably seen that it is divided into sections with stakes and plastic ribbon. Divide your sand box or area of dirt up into 2 sections. In one section bury slightly the dried up dinosaur eggs. In the other section bury the chipboard Ds.
You can also make the salt dough just ahead of time, though I know my child would want to make it with me.
Step 1: Show your child the letter D. Have them go outside to the sandbox and excavate for all the letter Ds they can find in the letter section. Make sure you know how many you buried!
Step 2: Go back inside and review the sound that a D makes. Have your child come up with all the words they can think of that start with that sound. It’s ok if you need to prompt them. Then pull out the tracing page and have them practice writing the letter.
Step 3: Choose a few pages from the Dinosaur activity packet you’d like to do. I specifically chose the cutting practice, matching game, and 9 piece puzzle. However there are other activities. There is also an older pack if you don’t feel this is advanced enough for your child. Just go on what you think fits your child the best.
Step 4: Head back outside and have your child dig for dinosaur eggs. After they’ve gathered all the eggs let them crack them open and discover all the “baby” dinosaurs.
Photo Credit: Projects for Preschoolers
Step 5: While still outside, have your child gather leaves, rocks, snail shells, etc. Anything they think is cool and would want to make a fossil out of. Head back inside. Explain to your child that when back when there were dinosaurs on the earth, some bugs, leaves, etc. got trapped in mud and when the mud dried it formed a fossil. Fossils are impressions of whatever got trapped in the mud. We can learn about dinosaurs from these fossils.
If you haven’t already mixed your salt dough, have your child help you. Roll the dough out. Cut with circular cookie cutters. Press the things you have gathered into the salt dough. Bake on 200* for about 3 hours. You can find more detailed instructions here.
Step 6: While the salt dough is cooking practice the letter D again. Then have fun playing with your baby dinosaurs while you wait!
FIELD TRIP: Dinosaur Museum
TREAT: Sugar cookie fossils (Make like salt dough fossils except with sugar cookie dough)
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