If you are a long term follower of our site you may have noticed that we have a certain fondness for one sort of creature – DINOSAURS! To say that I am fascinated by them is an understatement and I think if Marine Biology hadn’t worked out I would have quite liked to study palaeontology. Anyhow, this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids is themed on Dinosaurs and the featured book Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems. We have a fantastic dinosaur learning game for you to play with your little ones to work on Upper and Lower Case Matching.
As always with our Virtual Book Club for Kids posts if you scroll to the end you will find our lesson plan from the hosts and co-hosts of the Virtual Book Club for Kids as well as other suggestions of books that you could use for this theme.
Materials Needed for Dinosaur Upper and Lower Case Letter Hatch Game
Prep Needed for Dinosaur Letter Match Game
Print out the dinosaurs and Eggs onto card stock then cut out the dinosaurs and the eggs. I leave a little white edge around the dinosaurs otherwise, they are quite fiddly especially the T-Rex arms.
Playing the Dinosaur Learning Game
Lay out the dinosaurs that have hatched from the eggs on a flat surface and the eggs.
You can then choose whether you would like your child to identify the lower case letters on the dinosaurs or the Upper Case letters on the Eggs first. We choose the lower case as this is what we have been focusing on as capital letters come afterwards in the curriculum in the UK.
Now ask them to say the letter name, or the letter sound I like mixing it up with what sound does that letter make – this will help with beginning reading. Or ask them to name the letter instead depending on what you have worked with before.
They can now match up the baby dinosaur with the egg that it has come from.
Extention Idea for Dino Babies Letter Game
I don’t suggest laminating the eggs because as I discovered sometimes you want to extend the activity so we grabbed a pair of scissors and I cracked the eggs.
Cut the letters so that you have two halves of the eggs and now you can get your child to match up the egg halves, then to find the dinosaur that hatched from the egg.
More Dinosaur Activities for you from our site
Other Dinosaur Themed Books for this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids
This week’s featured book is a favourite of ours. It was the first Mo Willems book that we read and inspired us to read more. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is a retelling of the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears but with an interesting twist.
How do Dinosaurs Say Good Night by Jane Yolen
Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort
Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
Dinosaurs Galore by Giles Andrea and David Wojtowcyz
Digging up Dinosaurs by Aliki
Dinosaur Themed Activities from Virtual Book Club for Kids
Check out the themed activities for 2 – 5-year old’s for this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids hosts and co-hosts. I have split them into different areas of learning so that you can pick and choose which ones you would like to focus on this week.
If you are interested in join in with the Virtual Book Club for Kids then come and join our Facebook Group where we share weekly books lists, extra activities as well. If you are not on Facebook but would still like to have each week’s theme extended then our Bringing Books Alive News Letter focuses each week on the theme providing ideas for bringing the featured book alive through Arts, Crafts, and Learning activities.
Dinosaur Themed Literacy Activities
Dino Babies Letter Game ~ You are Here
Preschool Dinosaur Name Activity from Preschool Powol Packets
Dinosaur Pre-Writing Tracing Pages from Sea of Knowledge
Maths Activities for the Dinosaur Theme
Dinosaur Number Maze from Inspiration Laboratories
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Jacks Game from Sugar Aunts
Clothes Pin Dinosaur Count Tray from School Time Snippets
Dinosaur Shape Matching Game from Powerful Mothering
Build a Shape Dinosaur from Adventures of Adam
Dinosaur Maths for Preschool and Kinder from Chickadee Lit
Sensory and Art Activities for a Dinosaur Theme
Collaborative Cardboard Dinosaur Art from Toddler Approved
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Playdough Mats from JDaniel4’s Mom
Cooking ideas for Dinosaurs
How to make chocolate dinosaurs from Mama Smiles
Sciences ideas for a Dinosaur Theme
Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils Experiment from Teach Beside Me
Movement Ideas for a Dinosaur Theme
Roll a Dinosaur Movement Game from To Be a Kid Again