One of my favorite letter lessons is Letter D is for Dinosaur. Fun craft, excellent hands-on activity and loads of learning fun!
This craft was one of the highlights of our D is for Dinosaur day in our preschool class, along with the ever-popular DIY Dinosaur Egg Learning Activity.
- ONE: Mark each plate with a pattern prior to class.
- TWO: Plan the painting portion for early morning and the construction phase for afternoon when the paint has dried.
- Tip #1: for a large group of children, write their names on the plate BEFORE painting so that you can tell them apart.
- Tip #2: have at least one extra plate pattern handy in case someone makes a "boo boo."
White Paper Plates
Step 1 gather your supplies - draw the pattern on the BACK of the plates - cut sponges into smaller rectangles for easy use.
Step 2 sponge paint the foundation color on the FRONT of the plate
Step 3 using marshmallows dot contrasting colored dots on it. Let dry.
Step 4 Cut the lines on the back of the dry plate.
Step 5 Assemble using clear tape.
Wait till you see the various looks your little ones come up with!
I was tickled with all the personality that showed up in each and every one.
The dinosaur with the white body is an example of a "save." Miss E had a scissor-happy time and her dinosaur body was destroyed. So we grabbed a white plate to cut her a new body and she made a very attractive, "designer" version that we all loved! Happy little preschooler? Priceless!
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Be sure to check out How To Make A Dinosaur Egg. FUN!