Dinosaur land in the sand table

We spent a week exploring dinosaurs all through out our centers.  As part of the children’s exploration of dinosaurs, they spent lots of time playing in our dinosaur land  which was located right inside our sand table…

Dinosaur play in the sand table

To kick off our week of dinosaur discoveries, we read several fun books about dinosaurs and set up a variety of ways to explore dinosaurs inside and outside of our classroom.  The sand table was a very popular dinosaur center all week long…

Dinosaur play in the sand table

The children enjoyed making their own version of dinosaur caves or nests…

Dinosaur play in the sand table

For those of you who are wondering, we have logs (cut by my husband into small chunks), half logs (I bought at a pet store last year), sticks (from my back yard), sand, and the dinosaurs.  The children also brought brushes over to the sand table to brush off the sand from their dinosaurs….

Dinosaur play in the sand table

And a few trucks and cars made their way over to dinosaur land at times too…

Dinosaur play in the sand table

A wonderful center to promote lots of imaginative play, conversation, and interaction with each other…

Dinosaur play in the sand table

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By |2013-10-14T18:17:42+00:00October 14th, 2013|

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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. Trisha October 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Love it! I would hesitate to put this one away:) I love the tub you used…where did you get it?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      We still have it out:) Only we keep changing up a few things here and there. This is a tub that goes under a washing machine from Home Depot!

      • Trisha October 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm

        Thanks! I’m off to Home Depot:)

  2. Sarah @ How Wee Learn October 15, 2013 at 8:11 am - Reply

    What a beautiful play invitation! My Sammy would love to play with this!

  3. Anne-Marie October 15, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I love the logs – especially the half logs – so prehistoric and perfect for the kids to ‘hide’ some treasures!

  4. Amber @ Mamas Blissful Bites October 15, 2013 at 11:18 am - Reply

    This looks like oodles of fun! We are in the midst of our own dinosaur hunt! Posting tomorrow – can’t wait to see what else you do this week!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 16, 2013 at 12:10 am - Reply

      Hi Amber! I can’t wait to see your dinosaur hunt! Will you be sharing it? We went on one too through our woods – ooooh, you never know what lives out there!

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