Join the Dinosaur Age

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In this activity, learners rotate through several learning and play stations to explore dinosaurs and paleontologists. At these stations, learners use sand and dinosaur bone replicas to create a dig site and make observations, read several dinosaur books and complete dinosaur puzzles, role play as dinosaur hunters as they explore online dinosaur sites, create a dinosaur romp, listen to dinosaur music, and use clay or play dough to make dinosaurs and dinosaur tracks. This activity is featured on page 9 of the "Dinosphere" unit of study for K-2 learners.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • dinosaur models
  • dinosaur puzzles
  • selected dinosaur books and songs (including Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner)
  • sand table or plastic wading pool filled with sand
  • clay and play dough
  • handheld magnifying lens
  • centimeter ruler
  • paper
  • pencil and scissors
  • drawings of dinosaurs
  • Dino Diaries (page 113-116 of PDF)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Fossils
      • Dinosaurs
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Evolution
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Nature and Environment
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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