Build a Dinosaur!

Our recent theme for Preschool@Home was DINOSAURS! This is a great (and super easy) activity for helping kids learn and recognize shapes
(This game is also a great way for preschoolers to learn!) 
This Dinosaur building activity uses craft foam, which means it can be used over and over again! And the possibilities are truly endless.
Or use some glue on the shapes and it could also become a one-of-a-kind dinosaur craft! No matter how you use it, this simple dinosaur activity will produce some very unique prehistoric creatures!

  • Green craft-foam (The foam is perfect because it is very durable for little hands. Check out this huge pack of craft foam for a great price on Amazon! 
  • Scissors

Prep Work:

  • Using the craft foam, cut out the following shapes: 
    • 1 big half-circle
    • 1 medium triangle
    • 1 medium square
    • 1 medium circle
    • 3 small rectangles
    • 3 small long triangles
    • 3 small squares
    • 4 small triangles
    • 3 small circles

How to Play:
  • Lay out all the shapes and show your child how to build a dinosaur. You can use the shapes however you wish. Here are the general ideas:
    • The big half circle is the body
    • The medium triangle, circle, and square are good for heads
    • The small shapes can be used for legs, tails, spikes, necks, etc.
  • Then let them go at it, building whatever kind of dinosaur creature their heart can imagine.

LB(3) had so much fun with this, and it was also a good review of shapes. Bonus!
LL(1) also had fun playing with the shapes, and the craft foam shapes held up under her squishing and squashing. Just had to make sure she didn't try to eat them. :)
And when LM(6) got home from school he created some great prehistoric creatures too. 
Fun for kids of all ages!
Now that's what I'm talkin' about.

You can find more super fun ideas like this in 
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Unknown said...

This is great! Pinning

Anonymous said...

Good one

Double KT Photography said...

would b nice to have templates.

A. Wright said...

Thanks for this fun idea. My 4 year old had a good time today with the dino shapes, we even made a train :) I just cut up a bunch of extra shapes with the remaining piece of foam.

Every Star Is Different said...

This is super cute! I love the creativity it encourages.

Marissa Writes said...

What a fun way to incorporate shape review while learning about dinosaurs! I'm pinning this and sharing it in a Dinosaur craft round up! Thanks

Emily said...

I did this activity with my son during our dinosaur homeschool unit and he loved it! I wrote about it in blog here:

Unknown said...

I created these from craft paper and then laminated them. Then took them to the day care centred I am working at yesterday. The children LOVED them and I liked making them and now I have an excellent resource to work with other children in the future. Very pleased thanks for sharing

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