The palaeontologists were in full swing this week at school! There was so much purposeful play in action as the children worked together excavating fossils, hatching dino eggs and exploring the small worlds around our play area…

We had fun with dinosaur sensory play and sorting…

Various dino art and activities…

Highlights of our week were our volcano experiment, searching for fossils and hatching our dino eggs!

Some art to remind us of our week amongst the dinosaurs!

And some eggs left over to enjoy!




Over the years I have made so many of my own resources. Below are a few dinosaur resources you are welcome to use. If you are interested in any other resources I may have available you are welcome to email me at: smallschoollove@gmail.com

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I don’t know about anyone else out there but we have a number of budding palaeontologists at playschool! They absolutely love learning about dinosaurs and are fascinated by all the different types. In this post I’ve included some of our ideas to inspire and encourage creative discussions about dinosaurs. I tried to fill our space with different provocations all over the show – from bigger floor space play areas to tiny cubby spaces – the children loved discovering little surprises all over the show!

Somedays we would have a lush dinosaur jungle filled with dangerous dinosaurs! I made my own rocks and caves using filla foam from the hardware store. I’ve included more on how to make these in another post.

On another day we would have a rocky outcrop filled with caves, volcanoes and waterfalls…

On another just a big floor space filled with different levels and loose parts to get creative.

There was great fun as the children searched for dinosaur “fossils” buried under the sand. They had their own mini spoons and paintbrushes to dig around and discover. (I’ve since done this activity with kinetic sand and I don’t even have to tell you how mesmerising this was!)

The highlight of the week is always a simple volcano experiment. So simple and so much fun. The children will do this over and over taking turns – their delight is contagious…

I just love dinosaur week – the enthusiasm and excitement is paramount!


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