Tot School: Dinosaurs

Sorry I'm a week late with my weekly tot school summary, but you know life happened... So we finished up Dinosaur week a little late and then moved on to Transportation mid week which means we'll be skipping our Turkey themed plans and starting back up after we take a little break for Thanksgiving.
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Here were our plans for Dinosaur Week:
And here is what we actually did:
Here were our favorite dinosaur books for the week:
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs By Byron Barton
Dinosaurs By Gail Gibbons
DinosaurRoar! By Paul and  Henrietta Stickland
Stomp Dinosaur Stomp By Margaret Mayo
How do Dinosaurs… series By Jane Yolen

 Dinosaur Dig:
Digging for fossils was fun and easy with this activity. I started out by sticking some dinosaur stickers onto our clear tot school tray. Then I covered them with sand. I gave Madelynn a paintbrush and let her "dig" away!
 Sponge Paint Dinos:
I found this sponge painting idea and printable templates on Learn With Play at Home. I love how cute the dinosaurs turned out.
 Shape Dinosaurs:
These shape dinosaurs were easy to prep and make. I cut a circle out of green cardstock and then cut it in half so we could make two dinosaurs. Then I gave Madelynn a pile of green foam shapes and let her glue them together to create her own little dinosaur friends.
 Dinosaur Tracks:
I know I need know I need to be better about focusing on the process rather than the product when it comes to art, so I came up with this dinosaur track painting activity. I poured a few different colors of paint on a plate gave Madelynn some plastic dinosaurs and let her paint tracks all over the paper.
 Dinosaur Stomp:
We LOVE Laurie Berkner in our house and watch her music videos on You Tube often. One of our favorite songs is "We Are the Dinosaurs" and Madelynn loves to march around when we listen to it. To make the song extra special this week I made dinosaur feet for her out of tissue boxes and colored paper for her to wear while stomping to the beat.
 Dino Egg Hunt:
This activity was essentially an Easter egg hunt around our house, but with dinosaurs hiding inside each egg instead of Easter candy and treats. Madelynn had fun collecting all of the different dinosaurs in her basket.
 Alphabet Dino Tracks:
For this game I started by cutting out dinosaur footprints from colored cardstock.  Then I wrote a letter on each one from a-z.  I placed them in a circle and then turned on some music. When I stopped the music Madelynn had to stop and try to name the letter that she was standing on. Great for alphabet recognition and movement at the same time.
 Fruit Dinosaur:
This is hands down my new favorite snack that we've created. 1. It was super easy to make and 2. it is actually healthy! Win Win! I used watermelon, pineapple and strawberries to create my dinosaur but you could easily use any fruit you had on hand.
 Dinosaur Quesadilla'
I saw this little sandwich cutter at the grocery store and knew I had to have it.  Instead of using it for PB & J howver, I decided to use it to cut up a little quessadilla.
Dino Dig Parfait:
We've been talking a lot about how archaeologists dig in the layers of the earth to find dinosaur bones. I created this snack with lots of layers for Madelynn to dig through. I honestly just threw a lot of stuff together that we had in the house so you definitely don't need to go out and get anything special. I used vanilla pudding, cheerios, granola, marshmallows, cool whip, and green icing.
 Dinosaur Sensory Bin:
In this bin: Cloud dough (8 cups flour & 1 cup vegetable oil mixed together), plastic trees, TOOB dinosaurs, and rocks.
  Dino Egg Sensory Bin:
In this bin: Sand, plastic Easter eggs, dinosaur counters.
   Dino Fossils:
Making dinosaur fossils in play dough kept Madelynn SUPER engaged. She liked seeing all the shapes she could make with the feet, tails and bodies. We used the same TOOB dinos from our sensory bin so we would have a good variety. There are 12 different types and it was interesting for me trying to remember what they were called so I could name them when Madelynn asked "Whats this?" 79,147 times.
Frozen Dino Eggs:
This actually turned out to be a lot more work than I had planned because little did I know most of the plastic eggs we have in our house have holes in the top and bottom... After a failed attempt at filling and freezing the eggs I taped up the bottoms and around the seam of each egg. Then I added a dinosaur counter and filled each egg with water from the top hole. I plaved them in tupperware containers to freeze upright overnight.  The next morning I struggled to open each egg, so I gave Madelynn a container of warm water to bathe each egg in so I could melt them a little to open them.  Even so It was pretty hard when the inside of the egg was rock solid.  After freeing a few eggs Madelynn begand to excavate the dinos with her play hammer, and screwdriver while I tried to save the other eggs before they completely thawed...I definitely need to find a better say to do this in the future, mayb ejust freeze them in a silicone cupcake pan? Not egg shaped, but definitely would be WAY easier to get them out!


That's it for this week. Here is what we are currently catching up on to get our schedule back on track:


And the themes that will be coming soon:
And if you want to catch up on our past Tot School Plans, you can find them all here:


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