Our dinosaurs activity is inspired by the book The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins. This is a book about a mom who made cookies after school one day and they were trying to share the cookies evenly, but the doorbell kept ringing and new friends kept coming over to share the cookies.
We are going to use our toy dinosaurs to act out a story very similar to the one written by Hutchins.
This activity will teach your Lil’ about dividing groups equally as well as give a mini social lesson on sharing.
Grab a FREE copy of our Dino Shares story HERE!

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

  • Share a set up to 20 (even number sets only)

Peer Interaction

  • Share with or help another child

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Dino Shares Template

*Large Toy Dinosaurs

*Scissors

Step #1
Print out your Dino Shares story or download it as a PDF/ebook.
*If you choose to read the PDF as an ebook, be sure to print out the bones on the last page.
Step #2
Act out the story as you read it using your toy dinosaurs and the bones.
For example when it says Danny has 10 bones, pull out your toy triceratops and give him ten bones.
Step #3
Move slowly through this activity; really take the time to act out the story, count out how many bones each dinosaur has every step of the way. This will help reinforce the idea of sharing or dividing EQUALLY.

Teacher Tip

Just like that you have done division with your Lil’ in a way that felt developmentally appropriate and preschool-y! I’ve said it a million times before, but I’m going to keep saying it, math is a concrete subject and should be taught as such. Story problems should be acted out in order give your Lil’ a strong foundation in math.

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