Overview: After reading I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brain, we had fun doing a dinosaur sensory activity and an art activity.
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My kiddos have been obsessed with dinosaurs for the past year. It all started when we visited our local science center.
As we walked into the dinosaur exhibit Kade was amazed at the huge dinosaurs.
Sicily on the other hand was screaming. She kept saying she was scared.
Then to make it worse, they have a recording of a dinosaur roaring every few minutes.
Needless to say we didn’t stay in that exhibit very long.
But, even being there for a short amount of time sparked a true interest in dinosaurs.
And she has loved them ever since.
In fact, she asked the other day if we could go back to the science center soon to see the big dinosaurs.
I’m a Dirty Dinosaur Activities
During our dinosaur unit, one of her favorite books was I’m Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian.
After reading the book, we did two fun activities. The first was a messy sensory activity and the other was an art activity.
Dirty Dinosaur Sensory Activity
- Corn Starch
- Cocoa Powder
- Plastic Dinosaurs (We like these dinosaurs from Safari TOOB)
- Dish Soap
- The first step is to make goop. Add a cup of cornstarch and a tablespoon of cocoa powder to a bowl. Mix together and add water. The goop should flow off your hands like a liquid, but if you poke it, it should feel like a solid.
- Add the goop to a tray.
- Next add soapy water to a tub and sit it next to the tray.
- Add the plastic dinosaurs to the goop.
- Add the toothbrush, syringes, and cups to the soapy water.
- Leave the activity sit out for your kiddo to discover and explore.
We did this activity over top of a plastic container lid to keep the mess contained. Think about clean up before setting up this activity. The water ended up everywhere, so you it may be best for outside or on a hard surface.
Dirty Dinosaur Art Activity
For those who don’t like messes, this activity may be a better option.
I laid out a piece of paper, markers, and a brown dot stamper. I set the book alongside of it for inspiration.
In our house, I don’t give my kiddos samples to look at or even directions on how to do an art project. I just leave it sit and let them decide how to use the materials.
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