Dinosaur Play Worlds

I am so excited that this month’s theme for the Poppins Book Nook is dinosaurs. Somehow (??) we haven’t done a lot of dinosaur activities here at home yet, so this gave us the chance to explore a lot of new dinosaur books and activities.

I’m sure you’ve noticed we are big fans of sensory bins and small world play. Besides being a lot of fun, they also provide many great learning opportunities. In many of the sensory posts on this site I list additional ideas for learning activities to go along with each sensory bin. This post from Two-Daloo tells more about how sensory play can benefit language development.

Dinosaur Activities for Kids

For the Poppins Book Nook on May 27th, I will be sharing our take on a dinosaur sensory small world along with some of our favorite dinosaur books. In the meantime, I thought you might be interested in checking out these amazing dinosaur activities.

Dinosaur Activity Bin (Happy Hooligans)

Dinosaurs and Sticky Mud (Fun at Home with Kids for Train Up a Child)

Sensory Dinosaur Land (Fireflies & Mud Pies)

Jell-O and Oatmeal Dinosaur Sensory Bin (Royal Baloo)

Digging for Dinosaur Bones in Homemade Moon Sand (Fireflies & Mud Pies)

No Sew Dinosaur Small World (Fun at Home with Kids)

Dinosaur Bones Sensory Bin (Parent Teach Play)

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Erupting Dinosaur Sensory Play (123 Homeschool4Me)

Dinosaur Garden (Play Create Explore)

Digging for Dinosaur Eggs (Be a Fun Mum)

Dinosaur Eggs with Dirt Dough (Growing a Jeweled Rose)

Fossil Excavation Bin with Edible Dirt (Love Play and Learn)

Get Ready for This Month’s Poppins Book Nook

Members of the Poppins Book Nook will be sharing their dinosaur inspired posts on Monday, May 27, 2013. Each participating blog will be book-related activities and ideas.  We’d love for you to share your ideas, too!

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the dinosaur books we are enjoying so far this month.


You can learn more about the Poppins Book Nook and some of the books that will be featured this month on our Facebook page.

Posts in this series will go live on the last Monday of every month.

Upcoming themes-Plan ahead, and join in the fun!



August-Fairy Tales



Previous themes-Take a look at all of the great book activities shared!

Knights, Princesses, & Castles


Below is a list of the bloggers participating in the Poppins Book Nook. Stop by and see if you can get a sneak peek at the books they will be using this month.

Do you have any favorite dinosaur books for preschoolers? I would love to read some of them this month.

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  1. What a great round up! Thanks for including our bin 🙂

  2. Hi, Shaunna! I linked to you at the end of this post: http://www.themeasuredmom.com/funny-dinosaur-books-for-kids/

  3. Such a terrific round up, Shaunna! Thanks for featuring our bin! I can’t wait to do some of these activiities with the hooligans!

    • Shaunna says:

      I adore your bin! I was so glad to feature it here. And I agree with you, I can’t wait to try some of the different variations with my kids.

  4. Lots of fun ideas here! I’m adding this to my list of ideas for my preschooler while my oldest homeschools. 🙂

    • Shaunna says:

      That’s a great idea! Sensory bins can be very engaging. I hope your preschooler enjoys using some of these ideas.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing all of your ideas. I hope you don’t mind that I pinned this post so I would remember when we do our dinosaur unit next Spring. My son will love all of this! Feel free to look at our activities at http://everystarisdifferent.blogspot.com!

    • Shaunna says:

      You are very welcome, Renae. Thank you for pinning this post…it’s a great compliment! It looks like you do a lot of terrific activities with your kiddos. Thank you for sharing your site.

  6. In addition to Monday Kid Corner Weekly Linky Party, this week’s theme is MUD. Brush off those archives and link them up at thejennyevolution.com. See you there! Jennifer

  7. ooh dinosaurs are so much fun!!!!

  8. This is fab – I shall pin it to my dinosaur board – thank you for sharing.

  9. So many great bins! Hmpf. Wish I would have seen some of these before our Dinosaur Week! I guess there’s always next year… 🙂

    • Shaunna says:

      Aren’t they terrific, Valerie? I’m sure your little one wouldn’t mind revisiting the theme again. 😉

  10. So many great ideas all in one place. Hoping to make a dinosaur world soon so this was perfect to get the creative juices flowing :-). Pinned.

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks, Sam! I can’t wait to see what kind of dinosaur world you put together. Amazing and fun for your little one, I’m sure!

  11. Hi Shaunna!

    Next week I will be reviewing an e-book about dinosaurs. I would like to add some ideas for dinosaur learning at the end. Is it okay if I use your picture and link to this post? If you don’t want me to use the picture I can just link to the post via text.


    • Shaunna says:

      Hi, Anna! I’d love for you to include this post and image as a resource. Thanks for checking with me. I hope your readers find it helpful, and I look forward to seeing your review.

  12. Wow, so many great ideas all in one place! Can’t wait to try them. 🙂

  13. What a great roundup of dinosaur activities! Thanks so much for including our sensory play and language post. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks, Stephanie! I was happy to include your great resources! My Mother’s Day was terrific, and I hope yours was, too!

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