I am so excited for this activity because it covers so many different skills in such a fun way.
As we compare a dinosaur’s track with our tracks, we will be teaching our Lil’ about measuring, comparing, predicting, experimenting, and drawing conclusions. That is 5 math and science skills in 1 fun engaging lesson!

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Measurement

  • Compare two sets using the terms more, less, or same as
  • Use nonstandard units to measure items (hand lengths, string lengths, etc.)

Science

  • Pose “what” and “why” questions about their surroundings
  • Make predictions and perform experiments

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Measurement

  • Compare 3 sets using the terms more, less, same as, equal to, most and least
  • Use nonstandard units to measure items (hand lengths, string lengths, etc.)

Science

  • Pose “what,” “why” and “how” questions about their surroundings
  • Make predictions, perform experiments, and discuss results

Required Materials

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*Roll of Paper

Shoes

*Markers

*Scissors

*Ruler

Step #1
Ask your Lil’ to make a prediction about how big a dinosaur foot might be.
  • Whose foot will be bigger: a dinosaur’s or your Lil’s?
Step #2
Roll out 4 1/2 feet of paper.
Step #3
Draw a dinosaur foot that is about 4 feet long. (This is the appoximate size of a T-Rex’s foot.)
  • I drew mine by making a large U and adding a few points to the top for the claws.
Cut out your dinosaur foot.
Step #4
Now ask your Lil’ to compare. Who had a bigger foot: your Lil’ or the dinosaur?
Step #5
Ask your Lil’ to make a prediction on how many of their feet will fit on the dinosaur’s foot.
Step #6
Test out how many times your Lil’s foot fits in the dinosaur track by filling the dino track with your Lil’s shoes. We ran out of Rea’s shoes before we filled the dino foot, so we had to add my shoes too. We had plenty of those…
Step #7
Count how many of your Lil’s feet fill the dinosaur track.
Draw conclusions about your experiment: 38 footprints fit in the dinosaur track.

Teacher Tip

For Lil’ Creators who are ready for an extension, ask them if they think Mom’s foot will fit as many times as their foot. Talk about why it would be different, e.g., adult feet are bigger and would fill the dinosaur track with fewer shoes.

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Let us know how this activity went in your house! I know Rea loved it over here! Share pictures of you and your Lil’s measuring and comparing their dinosaur track!