Have a little dinosaur enthusiast in your life? If you’re looking for new and creative ways to keep your little one entertained, try these fun dino-themed activities:
- Make dino treats: Use a dinosaur cookie cutter set to bake cookies into different prehistoric shapes, like brontosauruses, pterodactyls and velociraptors. This can be a fun way to let kids show off their knowledge by identifying the different types of dinosaurs and listing fun facts about each one. They can even decorate the cookies to add realistic details.
- Take a field trip: Take a trip to the nearest science museum or museum of natural history to explore fascinating exhibits and get a close-up look at fossils and skeletons. Stop by the Naranjo Museum of Natural History for dinosaur fun right here in Lufkin, Texas. Be sure to check out the summer camps happening now at the museum. Learn what dinosaurs ate, where and when they lived and other fun facts. From the gentle brontosaurus to the terrifying Tyrannosaurus rex, some exhibitions even feature animatronic dinosaurs that move and behave in the way scientists believe they once did.
- Craft dino masks: With a few supplies you have around the house, kids can make colorful and creative dinosaur masks. Paper plate masks are always a fun and simple option and require no more than markers or paint, safety scissors, something adhesive, such as glue or tape, and string or elastic to secure the mask. Whether you create your own design or follow a tutorial online, this activity is a great idea for both birthday parties and just everyday crafting fun.
- Excavate fossils: Bury dinosaurs in a sand box for kids to uncover. Pour water in ice cube trays or small bowls, add dinosaurs, and put them in the freezer. When frozen, kids can chip away at the ice to reveal the dinosaur.
From delicious treats to fun summer activities, there are many ways you can embrace your child’s love of dinosaurs at home and in your community.