30+ Awesome Dinosaur Activities for Kids … ROAR!

this post contains affiliate links - thanks for supporting usRoar! Are your kids dinosaur obsessed? Does he stomp around pretending to be a tiny-armed T-Rex.

Below are 30+ AWESOME dinosaur activities for kids:
crafts, sensory trays, books to read, and more.

Our girls recently went to a mid-day fossil excavation. It had been POURING all morning and they were starting to feel a bit cooped up. I remembered that we had a Smithsonian Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex stashed in the closet. They immediately got diggin’.

33 Dinosaur Activities and Crafts for Kids *great collection of ideas

Those tiny toes below just make me smile…

Don’t you love it when kids get so engrossed in a project that
they don’t even realize how dirty they are?!?

33 Dinosaur Activities and Crafts for Kids *great collection of ideas

While they worked on this Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs excavation project, I set them up in the garage for two reasons:

  • First, to avoid the mess. These projects are cool, but very messy. After they were finished we just picked up the chunks and swept the dust onto the driveways.
  • Second, to give the girls some fresh air! We opened the garage door so they could enjoy the rainy day and thunder as they chipped away.

33 Dinosaur Activities and Crafts for Kids *great collection of ideas


Smithsonian Diggin' Up Dinosaurs T-Rex

I was worried having ONE Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs excavation kit would be a hassle, but was impressed with their teamwork. One chipped while the other cleared the area with a paint brush. They had such a wonderful time!

There are tons of different version of these dinosaur excavation and assembly projects out there. We really liked this one! It kept the kids entertained for well over an hour.

Check out a bunch of different options here on Amazon.


I asked a few friends over at the Kids Blogger Network for a few additional dinosaur related ideas.
Check out their suggestions below…


  1. This hand-print dinosaur is an adorable and easy project for kids …via No Time for Flashcards
  2. Check out these dinosaur books and apps for your little one …via Playful Learning
  3. Make math fun with this dinosaur bone game …via Imagination Tree
  4. Get out the JELLO. Check out this unique sensory experience for you little archeologist. …via TinkerLab
  5. Create a beach in a box: Digging for Shells and Dinosaurs …via Kids Activity Blog
  6. Your little dinosaur lover will love dressing up in this easy DIY Dinosaur Costume! See the full tutorial here …via Mama Pea Pod
  7. Your Dino lover will love stomping around in these super simple Dinosaur Feet Stilts  …from Lalymom
  8. Pinka-saur, glitter-saur or just your regular dinosaur! There are no limits with these dinosaur coloring pages  …from Itsy Bitsy Fun
  9. Ice Cream Excavation with Chocolate Dinosaur Fossils***FEATURED IMAGE***
    Get your digging spoons out! Use healthy banana ice cream and edible dinosaur bones to make an edible dinosaur fossil excavation  …from Lalymom
  10. Dig for dinosaur fossils in this messy fun activity …from Left Brain Craft Brain
  11. Use miniature dinosaur models to create fun Montessori-inspired dinosaur learning activities. …via Living Montessori Now
  12. Make your dinosaur lover a hat to roar over! Get the easy tutorial here  …from Lalymom
  13. This dinosaur themed sensory salt tray is perfect for learning letter formation and early handwriting practice. Get the details here.  …via Suzy Homeschooler
  14. Bigger really is better when it comes to dinosaurs and dino shadow explorations is a great way to experience that! …via Interaction Imagination
  15. Dig for dinosaur bones – a sensory tray exploration.  …via Rubber boots and elf shoes
  16. “Hatch” a dinosaur egg in the bathtub by making your own dino egg soap  …from To the Moon and Back
  17. Create a dinosaur world for some fun sensory play  …from Living at the Whiteheads Zoo
  18. Pretend your in Prehistoric Times with this fun Dinosaur Small World play idea …from Artsy Momma
  19. Cool Dinosaur Small World Play from Mama Pea Pod + 30 activities for kids *great list of ideasRead up with over 12 picture books about dinosaurs …via Naturally Educational
  20. Ice Age and dinosaurs sensory bin on the light table …from Frog in a Pocket
  21. Make your own paper plate dino pet. …via Naturally Educational
  22. Create your own dinosaur fossil and learn about prehistoric eras. …via Naturally Educational
  23. Make dinosaur fossils.  …from Teach Beside Me
  24. Have a dino-obsessed kid? Try reading these fact-filled books.
  25. Fizzing dinosaur eggs melt away to reveal dinosaurs ready to break out! See this fun science activity here.
  26. Have fun with fine motor skills by setting up a Dinosaur Egg Excavation!
  27. This {FREE} Dinosaur Matching Packet challenges your preschooler to match shadows, colors, and more! Get the packet here.
  28. This pre-historic small-world sensory tub is great for encouraging imaginative play!
  29. Create fossils in salt dough from your toy dinosaur collections. Use their feet and bodies to make realistic fossils that you can then paint to look like rocks.
  30. ***FEATURED IMAGE***
    This dinosaur small world play scene is easy to set up and will bring hours of imaginary play joy! See the details here …via Mama Pea Pod
  31. Solve a dinosaur footprint mystery! This post also includes math and other activities to do with your life-sized dinosaur footprints!
  32. This DIY dinosaur puppet is great fun to make, and brilliant for teaching dino fans about music note values, too!
  33. Assemble a pasta dinosaur skeleton. …via Naturally Educational

33 Dinosaur Activities and Crafts for Kids *great collection of ideas

I personally believe that..

Every great play adventure should end (or start) with a trip to the library!

Click here for 35 awesome dinosaur book titles

{35+ Dinosaur Books} *Plus 7 tips for studying them

Does your little one have a favorite dinosaur book? Share the title in the comments below.

Happy digging friends!


P.S. Find more creative learning ideas here on Pinterest.


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  1. Rainy Day Mum says

    Wow that looks a fabulous kit. I need to get one for our kids we’re headed to the Natural History museum in London this summer especially for the dinosaur exhibits.

    Thanks so much for including our salt dough fossils.

  2. Keri Jones says

    Thanks so much for this list!
    My son loves ‘Let’s say hello to the dinosaurs’ and ‘dinosaurs in the supermarket’ at the moment. He has at least 10 dinosaur books though and his favourites change all the time :) x

  3. says

    Love this list- I might have to invest in the dinosaur excavation kit. I also appreciate how you included projects that can be done with things already in our homes. I will definitely be sharing this via K12’s Pinterest.

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