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Summer Activities Series – Dinosaur Unit Study

What do you do to fight the summer slide? How do you combat the inevitable summer boredom syndrome? With planned activities, of course. I’ve planned a series of themed weeks filled with fun and educational activities to ward off the summer chaos so I decided to share them with you. Visit our Outer Space week hereThis post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission from some items that are purchased through these links, but any opinions of them are my own. 

summer activities dinosaur week

We’ll be getting the friends together to enjoy most of these activities as a group. Cooperative learning is so fun and important, I think, but these activities would be fun without friends, too.

Books to read:

Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House series)

Dinosaurs by Mary Pope Osborne (Non-Fiction guide)

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs

Dinosaur! by DK Children

The Berenstain Bears Dinosaur Dig by Stan & Jan Berenstain

The Good Dinosaur by Disney

Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur? by Bonnie Worth

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs by Joanna Cole



Make this footprint dinosaur craft from Crafty Morning

Make salt-dough fossils from All Kids Network

Do a cookie fossil dig with chocolate chip cookies and toothpicks from Teachers Pay Teachers (FREE)

Dig up a dinosaur skeleton with Smithsonian’s Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex

 Learn how to draw Arlo from Good Dinosaur – Watch this video from a Disney animator to learn how to draw Arlo

Make paper pterodactyl puppets from the Craft Train

pterodactyl puppets from craft train

Snacks to make:

Make Rice Krispie treat dinosaur eggs from Mess for Less

Make dinosaur Jell-O Jigglers

Make dinosaur shaped sandwiches

Eat Dinosaur Eggs Instant Oatmeal


Watch Disney’s Dinosaur and Disney’s The Good Dinosaurthe good dinosaur

the good dinosaur disneys dinosaur


Host a Dinosaurs Before Dark book club using this packet or this one from Teachers Pay Teachers (FREE)

Kristen Smith’s All About the Dinosaurs pack from Teachers Pay Teachers ($) – this is an awesome packet that includes active, hands-on activities to supplement the written work.

all about the dinosaurs









Good Dinosaur Activity Placemat printable

See how many words you can make from Tyrannasaurus Rex with this printable

Practice close reading with this free pack for K, 1st & 2nd grade


Other fun stuff:

Dinosaur toys – use these with the salt dough to make fossils

Dinosaur skeletons – have your own backyard dino dig

Dinosaur finger puppets – put on a puppet show, act out movie scenes

Dinosaur stickers – make a scene with these stickers

Walkin’ and Talkin’ plush Arlo – I like to give a stuffed animal sometimes as a keepsake of our unit study, I might do it with my summer activities weeks, too.


Be sure to check out week 2: Outer Space, where you’ll find tons of fun, outer space themed activities.


What fun things do you have planned this summer?



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