Since the first of the month is a Friday, I figured we would introduce this theme with an adventure. I cannot think of a better way to start our dinosaur theme than by putting on our paleontologist gloves (metaphorically) and hatching some dino eggs!

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Science

  • Pose “what” and “why” questions about their surroundings
  • Understand 3 of the 5 senses to make observations

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

Science

  • Pose “what,” “why” and “how” questions about their surroundings
  • Use 5-senses to make observations

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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*Flour

*Salt

Water

*Coffee

*Magnifying Glass

*Toy Dinosaurs - Small

*Toy Dinosaurs - Large

Step #1
Make Dinosaur Eggs
  • Create a salt dough by mixing together:
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup salt
    • 1 cup coffee

*If you kept your salt dough from last month’s Car Sensory Bin you can use that!

  • Take a chunk of your dough and flatten it
  • Place a dinosaur in the center of the dough and fold the edges over the dinosaur so that it is completely covered
  • This should make about 5 dinosaur eggs
  • Bake them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 3 hours, flipping them over half way through. Or let them air dry for 3-4 days.
Step #2
Set up your yard to become Jurassic Park.
This will take some creativity and you can use whatever you have in your yard already. Here is what we did.
  • Cut some branches and stick them in the dirt to create trees for your toy dinosaurs.
  • Build a volcano out of dirt.
  • Build a nest out of pine needles
  • Place some of your dinosaurs (large and small) in your Jurassic Park and place your dinosaur eggs in your nests
Step #3
Give your Lil’ a magnifying glass and invite them to explore Jurassic Park.
Step #4
They can collect their dino eggs and use creative ways to chip away at the egg until their dinosaur comes out.
Step #5
Use your magnifying glass to examine the eggs and talk about what you see and feel

Teacher Tip

We did all the setup without my Lil’ so that she could be surprised and truly explore.

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