Have you heard of Dinovember? I came across it last year and eagerly started stockpiling dinosaurs in anticipation of my son being old enough for us to join in. Every November, parents Refe and Susan Tuma work hard to bring their four children scenes from the secret nighttime lives of their plastic dinosaurs. The dinosaurs wreck bathrooms, destroy vases, rock out, encounter terrifying hot irons, even do the dishes with hilarious, magical results – and they make sure all evidence of their prehistoric inhabitants’ antics are well documented on camera. And now thousands of other parents in lots of different countries join in the fun too, with many sharing their ideas on Facebook. Dinovember might be all about 3D real life situations but if it sparks your children’s imaginations to find out more about our giant predecessors then there are many free printables available to fuel their interest…
Having featured printables from Cassie’s blog in a previous post it seemed obvious that the first place I should head was back to the website of the mom of “three stomping, romping, and roaring girls” considering it’s called 3 Dinosaurs. And I wasn’t disappointed as she has a whole Dinosaur Pack suitable for ages two to seven available to download. Made to go with the books Dinosaur by Anna Milbourne and Mandy Field, Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe and Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner, it contains more than 60 pages including matching cards, pattern cards, puzzles, size sorting and cutting practice. There’s also a 40 plus page update available containing lacing cards, writing pages, subtraction and addition page and volcano math facts. And there’s also a link to to Royal Baloo’s accompanying Dinosaur Pack which includes herbivore/carnivore sorting, dinosaur sudoku, word problems and number fill in.
Surely all of that will keep you going for the rest of the month? No? Then keep reading…
Teaching Ideas offers a range of dinosaur related activities including posters, fact cards, size comparisons, pronunciations, draw a dinosaur and an historic timeline “showing the changes in life over the past 543 million years”.
For some “Montessori-inspired resources that can be used for multi-age learning” click on the post Montessori-Inspired Dinosaur Unit written by Deb on Living Montessori Now. Head to 123 Homeschool 4 Me for Beth’s Dinosaur Bones Punctuation Game where you can also follow her link to even more dinosaur activity ideas.
The Inspired Apple’s Dino Day Freebies! includes drawing and writing prompts to imagine your own dinosaur, a cookie excavation project and a focus on fossils.
And, at Must Have Mom, Sarah gives a round-up of Kids Dinosaur Activities hosted on other sites such as a printable Dinosaur Tot Pack from Dianna on The Kennedy Adventures which she included in her post Outdoor Dinosaur Sensory Bin and Itsy Bitsy Fun’s Raawr! Dinosaur coloring pages are here! that include tyrannosaurus, triceratops, brontosaurs and stegosaurus.
Not sure if you have enough plastic or furry toy dinosaurs to populate all your different Dinovember scenarios? Add a few T-Rex Paper Pets to the mischief courtesy of design and illustrator M Gulin.
Want to invite people round for a dinosaur party? Then why not make some pop-up invitations with the help of children’s book creator Robert Sabuda’s Pterodactyl template? “Be careful he doesn’t fly away!”
Add googly eyes and glitter to paper plates and The Craft Trains’ templates to make “the sparkle-a-sauruses” featured in Kate’s Sparkly Paper Plate Dinosaurs post. Or head to the kitchen rather than your craft stash to recreate PreKinders Dinosaur Pasta Skeletons.
And if your children complete all those activities then surely they’ll deserve a sticker or two on their reward charts? Then why not make the reward chart dinosaur-themed too by downloading Ink Factory’s own dinosaur design along with its accompanying sticker sheet?
Do you love finding printables on the internet? Do you have particular favourites? Or have you featured some on your own blog? Email karen.malpass @ inkfactory.com with your links and we may be able to feature them in a future post.