Digging up dinosaurs in preschool

It doesn’t matter how old the preschoolers are, they all seem to equally enjoy digging up dinosaurs…

For one of our activity boxes this week, we set out a container of sand with dinosaurs, spoons, cups, shells, and magnifying glasses. The goal was to try and create a dinosaur landscape for the children to explore through sand play…

This activity was never just sitting at a table being ignored. There was always someone who wanted to play in the dinosaur sandbox…

We have a large sand table open just across the room for the children to play in too but just by putting the sand and dinosaurs in a different container and on the table rather than in the sensory table – the children had new interest in digging in…

I won’t kid you though – we also had sand all over the floor all day long! It was a constant process of play and sweep:)

But a little extra sweeping was worth the value of watching the children remain engaged in their play…

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I am linking up with The Play Academy!

By |2011-03-10T00:29:47+00:00March 10th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. KM March 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I even like to join it… Such a fun activity!!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      I have joined in on occasion:)

  2. Rockabye Butterfly March 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Check out my Letter D week, when we did Dinosaurs, I have great dinosaur crafts in there and check out my Dinosaur Sand Bin too! 🙂 My little Butterfly loved it too!

    Today we we made our Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin for St. Patrick’s and Letter R week! 🙂 Leave me a comment, let me know what you think :))

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      I will be sure to stop by!

  3. Andrea March 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    I have a nice big sand table at preschool and I am always amazed at how much the kids love it week after week. I have added beans to find, coloured rice just to make it pretty, and the kids are always burying something in there. This past week it seems to be the little plastic bugs I brought out last week for our bug unit. I almost regret that, after finding a VERY realistic looking creepy crawly while digging myself! 😀

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm - Reply

      Haha – I would not want to find that bug!

  4. [email protected] March 11, 2011 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Thanks for linking up Deborah. I don’t think I’ve met a pre-schooler who doesn’t love dinos!

  5. Great idea! All kids love dinosaurs! I froze some toy dinosaurs in containers and had my daughter thaw them out in water! They got frozen in a glacier!
    She absolutely loved this!!

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