Dinosaurs Return!

Dinosaurs Return!

Reading the book, ‘Captain Flinn & the Pirate Dinosaurs’ as part of our pirates work, has led to the children talking more about dinosaurs. So we have enjoyed a few activities this week (you can see what we did on dinosaurs last year in this post)…


Dinosaur World

Dinosaur world from Rachel (",)

Dinosaur world from Rachel (",)


Beads & Dinosaurs

These little dinosaur soap pads were bought from eBay two or three years ago. The children used the tweezers to pick up the beads & balance them on the suction pads.

Balancing beads on the dinosaur soap mats from Rachel (",)

Fine motor fun with beads and tweezers from Rachel (",)

We did try it with marbles, but they rolled all over the floor & it got a little dangerous!

Fine motor work with marbles and tweezers from Rachel (",)


Maths Opportunities

Dinosaur Counting and Number Recognition

Numbered stones, wood slices, wooden discs & dinosaurs…

Dinosaur counting and number recognition from Rachel (",)

Dinosaur counting and number recognition from Rachel (",)


Dinosaur Counting Game

I made this simple game a couple of years ago, but it’s still going strong… the children simply roll a dice & then add the correct number of spikes to their dinosaur.

Dinosaur counting and number recognition game (free printable) from Rachel (",)

If you would like a copy of the game, you can download it here: Dinosaur number game from Rachel (“,)

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

A fun book for counting…

Counting fun with the book, 'Ten Terrible Dinosaurs' from Rachel (",)

Dinosaur Pictures

…and other shape creations…

Dinosaur pictures and other shape creations from Rachel (",)


Story Basket

Dinosaur books, dinosaurs & mark-making materials…

Dinosaur story basket from Rachel (",)


Dinosaur Transient Art Pictures

…with cotton buds & dinosaur silhouettes. I saw this idea online & thought we’d have a go.

Dinosaur transient art pictures with cotton buds from Rachel (",)


Discovery Table

I added my homemade triangular prism mirror box to the table this week, & also some dinosaurs & natural materials.

Exploring dinosaurs in the home made triangular prism mirror - from Rachel (",)

The photos don’t do justice to the reflections created, but they are amazing! The children spent a long time moving their heads round to change what they could see…

Exploring dinosaurs in the home made triangular prism mirror - from Rachel (",)


Dinosaurs & Dough

Dinosaurs and dough from Rachel (",)

We enjoyed creating ‘impressions’ in the dough too…

Dinosaur impressions from Rachel (",)


Sensory Fun

Green ‘goo’!

(Watery gelibaff in the water tray.)

Dinosaur goo from Rachel (",)

Dinosaur Swamp!

(Shaving foam & colouring.)

We did some mark making in this too, but no pics as my fingers were covered 😉

Dinosaur swamp (shaving foam and colouring) from Rachel (",)



Dinosaurs outdoors from Rachel (",)


Letter Recognition on the Lightbox

Nothing to do with dinosaurs!!

Letter recognition on the lightbox from Rachel (",)


Thanks for reading!

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Abandoned play from Rachel (",)

Abandoned play…

– Rachel (“,)

Dinosaur fun from Rachel (",)



  1. Thanks for sharing. I know I keep saying it but you have such brilliant ideas. I feel such a fraud keeping on copying you. You stimulate us as a pre-school and you are keeping us on our toes. Since following and adapting some of your ideas you are helping us to become a far better setting. I wish you were nearer to us so that we could see your setting first hand.

    • What a gorgeous comment, Christine! Thank you! I am inspired by all the fabulous people who share online, so I can’t tell you how thrilled I am when I hear that I might inspire others too. Really appreciate you taking time to look at my blog 🙂

  2. I agree with Christine. Thank you so much for the ideas you have given us as practioners as well as parents. I love using the ideas with my Reception class as well as my children who are 5 and 8. They are never too old to be stimulated and learn. Xx

    • Thank you so much, Emma 🙂

  3. Dear Rachel,
    I just love your work!! It is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Rachael! 😀

  4. where did you get the dinosaur silhouettes or did you make them?

    • I made them – I just did a search on Google 🙂


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