I love Montessori-Inspired dinosaur activities, and John Bowman’s Montessori at Home eBook (3rd edition) has a whole section on dinosaurs.
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Here’s an excerpt of part of the Montessori at Home dinosaur section:
Fossils are how we get in touch with creatures from long ago, so why not make some? A Safari Ancient Fossils TOOB , an Insect Lore Big Bunch O’ Bugs 15 pack, or a pack of plastic bugs from a discount or toy store, plus some Play Doh® will get your child’s fossil explorations started.
Photo: Chasing Cheerios
Press plastic insects down into Play Doh sheets, cut into separate ‘fossils’, and let the impressions harden overnight. Try different colors of Play Doh. Make name cards for the insects to add language. You could make a hole in each and make a string of fossils.
Photo: The Education of Ours
Fossil cookies are always a big hit. At Chasing Cheerios (photo), they used a simple cookie recipe and Play Doh stampers. You could also used well washed sea shells, plastic dinosaurs, or plastic insects.
Photo: Chasing Cheerios
The Dig it Up Excavation Kit – Tyrannosaurus Rex can be fun for a child who is seriously into dinosaurs. $12.95 on Amazon.
Montessori style, self-contained dinosaur materials from Counting Coconuts.Free Dinosaur information cards from Montessori Print Shop. [Middle photo]: Punching dinosaur outlines with a pushpin. Your child can cut these with scissors if she is ready. Get free dinosaur, and other, outlines at Enchanted Learning. [Bottom photo] Cleaning a dinosaur.
These are great examples of creating language, fine motor, and Practical Life materials around a theme. You can do the same with many themes – holidays, other animals, plants, family trips, almost any subject your child is interested in.
Excerpt used with permission of John Bowman.
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