Continuing with our Letter of the Week Animal Crafts we have taken a little bit of a license with this one and used one of our favourite “animals” a Dinosaur. It’s really simple to make and can easily join your older toddlers and preschoolers Animal Letter Learning Book we’re putting together with each of these. So here we go our d is for Dinosaur Letter of the Week Craft.
Letter of the Week Crafts
With each of these letter of the week crafts we are focusing on the lower case letter this is because we are matching it to learning the phonetic sound of that letter so for example when we come to our g week we won’t be doing the traditional Giraffe as this does not make the “g” sound. So this weeks letter is a lower case d with d is for “d”inosaur.
Materials Need for your d is for dinosaur page
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If you are using a scrapbook continue onto the next page in the book if not you will need a large piece of cardstock
Preparation to make your Letter D is for Craft
With the youngest children, you could prepare the pieces first for them. Cutting out the spikes for the dinosaurs back and the head shape first. Older tots it’s great to have them cut out these pieces themselves. They don’t have to be perfect and it’s better if they are wonky. Use some scissors that are safe for kids but that will actually cut through the paper we recommend these type and used them with our toddlers and preschoolers.
Making the D is for Letter Craft
- Either draw or as we did cut out a letter d (make sure it is lower case to go with learning the letter sound “d”).
- Then using a different colour of green cut out some spikes for the dinosaurs. At this point, you could introduce some talk about shapes – how spikes could be triangles with 3 sides.
- Draw an oval head for your little one to try and cut out – if you want your youngest to do this independently why not use a shape punch like this one which would be the perfect size for the dinosaur head. Plus although not as good as scissors for fine motor it will help your little ones with some of the bigger muscles in the hand preparing them for writing.making
- Now it’s time to make the dinosaur – hand over the glue stick to your child and then let them put the spikes on their d as they want as well as the head.
- Finish it off with an eye.
I always add the letter and the animal name.
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