Dinosaur Footprints is an excellent activity to teach your children about footprints, sizes, and colors. If you take this activity outside you can teach your children more about “natural supplies.” Everything they can find outside like rocks, sticks, dirt, they can use for this activity. Find out more below:
Activity – Dinosaur Footprints (2 yrs+)
This is an activity that is easy to set up! It can be messy since you are using paint. You can do this activity inside, but it also makes a great outside activity.
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- Dinosaurs – or any other plastic toy with feet.
- Paint – colors of your choice.
- Paper – we used easel paper since it’s long enough to create a “track.”
- Brush – if you take activity outside – to paint children’s feet. (optional)
- Paper plate – we used a paper plate since it’s easy to toss afterward
- Rocks, Leaves, Sticks, Soil, Water – if done outside. (optional)
Instructions for dinosaur footprints activity:
- Spread out the paper on a table or floor.
- Apply the paint to the paper plate. The amount and colors are up to you. I like to choose colors my preschooler has trouble to remember and colors she loves for extra fun. (It’s always a great idea to have your kids mix the colors to learn more about them)
- Have your little ones “walk” the dinosaurs through the paint.
- Talk to your kids about the activity.
- Print out the Worksheet, Colors, and fill out in your target language.
Hint: Take the activity outside
- To add extra fun take this activity outside. If you do, you can add rocks, leaves, sticks to the paper to create “real” dinosaur tracks. If it’s summer, add some dirt and water. Dinosaurs were messy creatures after all.
- You can also have your children take off their socks to apply paint to their feet to compare the dinosaur footprints to your child’s footprints.
First of all, let’s be honest sometimes we set up activities to occupy our children while completing a task ourselves. And that’s okay!! Other times, we want to teach them more about our first language. If it’s one of those times try the following:
Furthermore, during this activity you can talk to your children about the following subjects in your target (the language you want to work on):
First, what are the different Dinosaurs called? When did they live? Why are Dinosaurs fascinating to humans? You can even plan a trip (Museum) to see Dinosaurs. Or visit the local library to rent a Dinosaur book. This is Charlotte’s favorite book.
Second, talk about sizes. Children learn sizes well by talking and comparing them. You can compare the different sizes of the Dinosaurs or the size difference of the footprints.
Third, make your children aware of different colors. This could be the dinosaurs, the colors you are using, or the footprints. Sometimes your children want to focus on one color only and that’s okay. Try to find different shades of colors in the room (light blue, dark blue) and compare them to the dinosaur activity. If your child has trouble remembering a particular color in your target language host a “color day.”
Fourth, talk about the footprints (different animals/humans have different footprints). Show your children your footprint and compare them to their own. Why are footprints important? Who uses them for work (police)?
Fifth, I’m sure there is a song about dinosaurs in your target language. Play it! Pretend to be dinosaurs. Marsh around like dinosaurs and don’t forget to roar like a dinosaur! This is my daughter’s favorite song in English. She learned about is in preschool.
Not to forget, Leaves, Rocks, Sticks, Soil, Water – Furthermore, don’t forget to talk about your supplies. Children love to set up activities and inspect all the different supplies that are needed for them. Go for a stick, leave, rock, and dirt walk where you have your children collect them. Make sure you talk about the structure of these “supplies”
This is a long list of things to talk about. Include as many or as few as you like. Remember these activities are for fun!