Preschool Dinosaur Theme Books

The topic of dinosaurs is very popular with the preschool and kindergarten crowd.

Kids love to dig them up, examine their teeth (or lack of teeth) and they especially love reading books full of colorful pictures and illustrations depicting their beloved dinos up to all sorts of mischief.

Below are a few of my favorite books that will nurture your little dinosaur enthusiasts!

Preschool Dinosaur Theme Books

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton – Dinosaurs lived a long time ago. Big dinosaurs and small dinosaurs. Dinosaurs with horns on their heads or spikes down their backs. Dinosaurs with long, long necks and long, long tails. Your little ones will amaze you with their ability to pronounce the impossibly long dinosaur names.

Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton – With simple text and vibrant illustrations, young readers explore the process of finding and assembling dinosaur fossils.

Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner – Filled with fun dinosaur facts (a T. Rex skull can weigh up to 750 pounds!) and an informational “Dinometer,” Dinosaur Bones is sure to make your young dinosaur enthusiasts roar with delight.

The Dinosaur Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta – The perfect way to introduce children to the fascinating world of dinosaurs. Full of interesting facts–did you know some dinosaurs had sharp front teeth while others had no front teeth at all? This alphabet book explores both the known and the not-so-well known dinosaurs, a challenge for your biggest dinosaur buffs!

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland – Join this wild bunch of stomping, romping dinosaurs as they dance and roar across the pages. One by one they leave the scene until there is only one sleepy dinosaur left.

Dinosaur Roar! by Henrietta Strickland – all kinds of dinosaurs, including ones that are sweet, grumpy, spiky, or lumpy. A good introduction to opposites for preschoolers. This is the perfect opportunity for creating a class book with your kids!

Dinosaurs Galore! by Giles Andreae – Filled with clever rhymes and brimming with vivid, bold illustrations about every child’s favorite: Dinosaurs!

If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most – In this delightful book, a small boy imagines a world where dinosaurs perform public services. The perfect choice for creative and imaginative little ones!

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow – Harry finds some old dinosaurs in his Grandma’s attic. He cleans them up and makes them his own, carefully (and accurately) naming each one. Harry and his dinosaurs go everywhere together. Every child can relate to this sweet tale of lost and found; a must read!

Dinosaurumpus! by Tony Mitton – Shake, shake, shudder … near the sludgy old swamp. The dinosaurs are coming. Get ready to romp! The catchy beat just oozes out of the pages of this one, need I say more?

Dinosaur A-Z: For kids who really love dinosaurs! by Roger Priddy – Features 26 unique dinosaur models, from Allosaurus to Zephrosaurus specially commissioned from experts in the field.

Chalk by Bill Thomson – Three children discover a magical bag of chalk on a rainy day. A delightful, wordless picture book that invites the reader to tell the story.

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields – A rollicking, rhyming dinosaur picture book your kids will be begging you to read again and again. Have you ever wondered what the dinosaurs did for fun?

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs by Catherine D. Hughes – Bursting with fun facts and age appropriate non-fiction information, each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids.

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Fine Motor Shamrock Craft

St. Patrick’s Day is an exciting holiday to celebrate with kids!

We are always attempting to strengthen little hands as we create and play.

This process based shamrock craft is beneficial for fine motor skills and festive!

Fine Motor Shamrock Craft for St. Patrick's Day

Fine Motor Shamrock Craft

Fine motor skills are a vital precursor to early writing skills for children!

Strengthening this dexterity requires the repeatedly practiced coordination of the small muscles in the hands and wrists.

Fine motor tasks that strengthen hands for later writing include any work that requires kids to pinch, squeeze, twist, or sprinkle with their hands!

Children who are reluctant writers are likely to engage in enjoyable fine motor crafts and games.

They are practicing writing in the process without ever even picking up a pencil yet!

Fun Fine Motor Shamrock Craft for St. Patrick's Day in Preschool

Shamrock Craft Supplies

Here are the supplies you will need to create this fine motor shamrock craft:

  • white glue
  • cardstock
  • salt
  • eye dropper
  • green liquid watercolor paint OR water with green food dye

First, an adult will draw shamrock shapes on a piece of cardstock paper. Older children may be able to do this step independently, too.

Put the cardstock in a box lid or rimmed tray. Invite children to pinch a bit of salt to sprinkle over the wet glue. Repeat until all of the glue is covered.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Craft for Preschoolers

St. Patrick’s Day Fine Motor Craft

Gently lift the cardstock. Shake from side to side so any loose salt will adhere to any remaining glue. Then shake the salt down into the tray or lid. You can pour this salt back into a container for another activity!

Put green liquid watercolor paint in a shallow container. Alternatively, you can add a bit of green food coloring to water in the place of the liquid watercolor paint. Demonstrate to the children how to use the eye droppers if this is a new technique for them. I like to remind them to put it in the liquid, then squeeze, then lift.

Allow the kids to drip a drop of green coloring at a time on the salted glue shamrocks. This process is so visually appealing as the color is absorbed into the salt!

BIO: Devany LeDrew is a former kindergarten teacher who writes at Still Playing School where she shares play based learning activities. She specializes in fine motor activities and has co-authored the book 99 Fine Motor Ideas! Follow Still Playing School on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!

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St. Patrick’s Day Fine Motor Activity
Moldable Rainbow Sensory Sand
Growing Green Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day
Rainbow Play Dough

St. Patrick's Day Pinterest Board

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Printable St. Patrick’s Day Bingo

Will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at home or in your preschool or kindergarten classroom this year?

This printable St. Patrick’s Day bingo game is perfect for playing with small groups of children in the classroom or with your own kids at home.

Ink can be expensive so I also included a black and white “ink saver” version for you.

Printable Bingo Game for St. Patrick's Day in Preschool and Kindergarten

St. Patrick’s Day Bingo

Your kids will love playing this printable St. Patrick’s Day bingo game.

Invite an adult or older child to supervise this small group game for tons of St. Patrick’s Day fun!

Playing bingo with large groups of young children can be challenging, which is why I prefer to play bingo in small groups. When playing in a small group, you don’t need to print as many mats or buy as many manipulatives so it’s more cost effective.

St. Patrick's Day Printable Bingo Game for Preschool and Kindergarten

Printable St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Game

Learning how to play games is a process for most young children; bingo is a great game to start with because there are few rules and each player has his or her own game board.

Supplies Needed for Color Version of St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Game

If you’re using the color version, first print the bingo mats on cardstock, cut out the mats, and then laminate for durability.

Supplies Needed for Black and White Version

Printable St. Patrick's Day Bingo Game for Preschool and Kindergarten

St. Patrick’s Day Bingo Game

Start by giving one St. Patrick’s Day bingo mat to each child in your small group.

Then, place a bowl or basket of your chosen manipulatives in the center of the table so all the children can easily reach them.

If you’re using the black and white version, give crayons or one Do-a-Dot marker to each child. Do-a-Dot markers are high interest and very engaging for young children, they just love using these little paint filled daubers!

Next, show the children how to search for an image on their mats and cover with a manipulative or mark if found. You may need to show them a few times to ensure success.

Finally, start playing and have fun!

Download St. Patrick's Day Bingo Game

More St. Patrick’s Day Ideas
St. Patrick’s Day Theme Activities
St. Patrick’s Day Literacy Activities
St. Patrick’s Day Math Activities
St. Patrick’s Day Fine Motor Activity
Moldable Rainbow Sensory Sand
Growing Green Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day
Rainbow Play Dough

St. Patrick's Day Pinterest Board

Follow my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board for more great ideas!

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