Last year we made an awesome dinosaur sensory bin that the kids had so much fun with. As we were reading books for this month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids, we came across a great dinosaur book. I decided to use some of the elements from our sensory bin to set up a new dinosaur play dough invitation for the girls. They loved it!
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Materials for Dinosaur Play Dough Invitation
We started by reading Dinosaur Galore! by Giles Andreae. Then we made our sand play dough together. To make our play dough we used the no cook play dough recipe from The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book. To make the sand dough I substituted dry sand for 1/2 of the flour called for in the recipe. I probably could have added even more sand, but I we were happy with the texture.
Along with the play dough we added:
- Blue glass gems
- Small pebbles
- Safari LTD Dino Babies Toob
- Safari LTD Trees Toob
- Small eggs
- Small pieces of driftwood
I always love sitting back to watch how kids interact differently with invitations to play. First Lovey chose to play with the dinosaur play dough. She spent a lot of time exploring to see what kind of tracks the different dinosaurs made in the dough.
As she tested them she lined them up in order. She also made a cozy habitat guarded by trees to keep the dinosaur eggs protected.
When it was Tinker’s turn to play she put all the “mommy dinosaurs” near the eggs to keep them safe. Then she built a ring of trees and wood around them to protect them.
Use your dinosaur play dough invitation materials and get some additional counting practice with our free printable dinosaur play dough mats.
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The full Dinosaur Theme Lesson Plan Pack also includes:
1) Dinosaur Cards for sorting by color, making patterns and more
2) Counting Dinosaur Eggs Activity (1-10) in color and B/W
3) Count the Dinosaurs Emergent Reade (3 variations)
4) Dinosaur Roll and Graph Game in color and B/W
5) Dinosaur Skeleton Activity Mats
6) Dinosaur Word Cards
7) Beginning Sound Dinosaur Sort (D, I, N, O)
8) Dinosaur Number Cards (0-35) in color and B/W
9) Alphabet Train Dinosaur Matching Upper and Lowercase Letters
10) Rhyming Dinosaur Eggs
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Love your VERY cool play doh ideas they are very inspiring I love making your play doh at home.☺️
That’s wonderful to hear, Livy! Thanks for sharing your comments.
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Can you share the recipe for the play dough? Thank you!!
We typically use a variation of one of these play dough recipes:
1) From The Imagination Tree: https://theimaginationtree.com/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe/
2) From Nurturestore: https://nurturestore.co.uk/easy-play-dough-recipe-2
This is such a lovely, fun activity. I’ve done a similar one making different animal tracks in play dough ‘snow’!
cuddles & muddles & muddy puddles
I love this dinosaur invitation to play 🙂 We often get the dinosaurs out with our playdough as my daughter loves making patterns with them, but I like the idea of adding all the other elements to make a whole habitat for them!
Lauren@SAHM I am
What a gorgeous play set up, it looks so inviting and interesting!
This looks like so much fun! What a great way to play with dinosaurs!
Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories
I love all of the ways they played with the dinosaurs!