Need a quiet book that requires no sewing? When I first started looking at quiet books – I needed something personalised and easy to make – then I made this fun Dinosaur Printable Learning Book. I loved it so much that I created winter, fall and spring themed books! The summer book is coming soon. 😉
Dinosaur Printable Learning Book
It’s a fact that kids are s fascinated by dinosaurs and that can work to our advantage when delivering educational activities. These books are highly engaging, offer flexibility so you can differentiate the activities and definitely keep kids entertained!
By the way, have you seen DJ Inkers’ Graphics? This book was made using them. Aren’t they cute? Check them out via the link above or through the PDF in the download!
Tips on Putting Your Printable Learning Book Together:
First, you will need to get your pages printed. I recommend printing the mats double sided (you will have this option from PDF if your printer settings allow it) – of not, you can definitely manually print double sided. I just pull out the sheet and reverse it to place it back into the tray for printing on the other side. If you don’t have a laminator and need to get these professionally laminated, it might cost more. But, I do recommend buying a laminator if you intend on making more activities like these. The laminator I have is this Thermal Laminating Machine A4/A3 laminator which is really not costly at all considering how much it may cost when professionally printed. I used this one along with my printer to create this fun dinosaur printable learning book.
Once you have your pages laminated, you could use a hole puncher to make two holes on top of each mat (the guides are there for you). Use ring binders, you can buy these right here to keep your mats together. There are of course, other ways you could bind these books together like having them professionally bound at a local office store. I chose the DIY method as it was so simple and can be so much fun seeing it come together. 😉
You can now find this pack on TPT if you prefer to buy it there. Click on any of the images below or on the link here Dinosaur Learning Busy Book Preschool Toddlers Age 3-5 – CUSTOM MADE to buy it for only $7.50.
Materials you will need (to use with the activity mats):
- Pom Poms
- Gator Tongs (or kid-friendly tongs to suit children aged 3-6)
- Dry erase markers
- magnifying glass (for kids)
- large brush (I used my old makeup brush after thorough cleaning)
Dinosaur Printable Learning Mats (Addition and Counting FREE)
Pick up your free printable dinosaur learning mats at the end of this post! These mats are so easy to use. Just print the templates (provided in the download) and grab some pegs to setup this fun printable mat.
Be sure to keep the instruction section (shown on the bottom of this image) to the top and attached to the page so you are able to hole punch it and add it to your printable learning book.
Dinosaur Printable Learning Book in Action
Here are some activities which are included in the dinosaur printable learning book!
ABC Order Activity Mat
Kids will identify the order of the letters found on the directions strip at the top (there are about 6 direction strips for number, alphabet order and name activities). You place that on the mat and have the child read the letters in order; they will then find the ‘plate letter cards’ that correspond to that order and place them on the dinosaur. They will then identify the sequence and repeat it orally.
Count to 5 Activity Mat
Kids will use the directions strip to count to 5. There are options to count to 10 and 20, allowing you to easily differentiate the activities in this book!
For the second activity, you will need pom poms to play this game. Have the child choose a number card, then use tongs to build that many pom poms on the dinosaur.
Save the Dino Eggs – Alphabet Match with Pegs
This fun, fine motor activity will get little learners working on their fine motor skills as well as their alphabet recognition skills. Program a set of pegs with alphabet ‘egg’ cards and then cut the mat in half as show below (along the dotted lines). Get the kids to work on one side as a time as the pegs may clash. There are UPPERCASE and LOWERCASE letter cards as an option so you’re easily able to differentiate this activity.
I used the lowercase cards with my 3 year olds and the uppercase pegs with my 5 year olds!
Dino Fossil Dig – Number Find
This number recognition and counting activity will sure be a hit with your kids! You can use this as a sensory activity like the way I did below to help peak the kids’ interests even more!
You will need a clear baking tray for this activity. You can use any filling that resembles ‘mud’ or ‘sand’. I used cracked oats in the picture below. You will also need an old ‘makeup brush’ to use as a fossil brush. Fill your tray with 1 cup and spread it out. Place the tray on top of the mat then be sure to place the ‘bone’ number cards in a tray. The kids will choose a number card, count the bones on the card then they will ‘dig’ around to find the matching number.
To differentiate this activity, you could easily use the number cards (used in the previous activity) so kids can match numeral-to-numeral. So cute and so much fun!
Alphabet Play Dough Stomp – Dino Paws
This mat is so much fun! Kids will use play dough to ‘stomp’ on the Dino paws once they identify the matching letter they found. There are uppercase letter cards as well as lowercase. You can differentiate this to suit the children in your group.
Dinosaur Math Puzzles
Kids will work on their number sense skills as they build dinosaurs and identify matching numbers in dice, ten frames and number digits. There are number representations to 10 in this book!
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Name Do a Dot
This mat is the same one used above, except we use the ‘name do-a-dot’ directions trip. This strip is best used with small pom poms and tongs. You could also use Bingo Daubers (and then erase the strip).
This strip would have to be personalised and sent to you – so once you purchase the book (please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to personalise your book).
Build a Sight Word – Dino Plates
This activity can be used with preschoolers aged 4 and kindergarten kids aged 5. They will pick a sight word card, then read the word and build it using the letter ‘plate’ cards given. You can even use letter magnets for this if you prefer.
There are empty sight word cards – so you can add your own words to this page.
Dinosaur Shapes – I spy
This activity is so much fun! Kids will love the ‘I spy’ aspect using magnifying glasses to find the dino then identify the shapes! This game mat can be played with kids as young as 3.
Kids will use a magnifying glass to identify the shape in the box, then place the matching shaped dinosaur into the box. Use velcro dots here on the boxes and the cards so that the kids can play this over and over!
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