When I saw this Dinosaur Hat over on Paper and Glue I knew I had to make my own version of it. Your Lil’ is going to absolutely love their new spiky spine! Not only is this dinosaur hat great for dramatic play, creating this hat requires a lot of fine motor skills. Your Lil’ will work on cutting and stapling which are perfect hand and finger exercises for our pre-writers. This is an AWESOME preschool learning activity!
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Drama

  • Engage in pretend play
  • Utilize familiar props for their intended purpose (use a phone to call someone) and invent new purposes for them

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Drama

  • Engage in pretend play to represent known and make believe situations
  • Utilize familiar props for their intended purpose (use a phone to call someone) and invent new purposes for them

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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Dinosaur Hat Template

*Construction Paper

*Scissors

*Stapler

Step #1
Print and cut out our Dinosaur Hat Template.
We printed three copies on green construction paper to make a total of 12 spikes.
Step #2
Cut a piece of construction paper vertically into 2 inch strips. These strips will be used to create the base of the hat.
We used five strips.
(You can draw lines and your Lil’ Creator can cut these out)
Step #3
Take two strips and staple them together end to end.

Wrap it around your child’s head and staple it together based on the size of your Lil’s head. Trim any excess. This should create a circle crown.

Step #4
Staple another strip to the front of the crown, over-the-top and then to the back the crown.
Staple the fourth strip to the back of the crown, so that it trails down your child’s back as a spine.
Repeat this step with your final strip of paper.
Step #5
Place the spike behind the spine and staple it, then wrap the spikes around the spine and staple it closed.

Repeat this for all the spikes down the spine.

TEACHER TIP

Most of our Lil’ Explorers (especially the younger ones) will not be able to do the cutting, BUT they can certainly help with the stapling or they can simply wear the hat you make and engage in the pretend play aspect of this activity.

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