Dinosaur Books and Crafts for Preschoolers

The following is a post from contributing writer Dianna Kennedy

dinosaur books and crafts for preschoolers

Have preschoolers in your house that love dinosaurs? You’re going to need dinosaur books, along with easy dinosaur crafts for preschoolers and fun dinosaur printables. Here’s a list of my favorite resources for little dinosaur fans.

How do dinosaurs say goodnight
1. How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night

My kids have been reading Jane Yolen for years. We LOVE her dinosaur series. The story lines make my children laugh, plus we all love examining the illustrations to find the hidden dinosaur names. These books are always a treat.

Save your toilet paper rolls and make this Triceratops craft from DLTK Kids. You’ll find lots of easy dinosaur crafts for preschoolers there.
dinosaur lacing and tracing cards

Want to work on fine motor skills? My kids love these dinosaur lacing and tracing cards from Lauri.
Dino Soccer 2.Dino Soccer
Have young athletes in your house? This dinosaur sports series includes dino baseball, football, soccer and more!

dinosaur-packYour little ones can work on coloring, counting, sorting, patterns and more with this dinosaur printable pack from 3 Dinosaurs
ten terrible dinosaurs

3.Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
Working on counting skills? Delight your preschoolers with this prehistoric tale. Bright colors and action words keep little ones entertained while learning.

stained-glass-dinosaur-craftWe’re planning on doing this fun dinosaur stained glass craft from All Kids Network soon. Older preschoolers and kindergarten students would enjoy this dinosaur learning pack from Royal Baloo.
Super Hungry Dinosaur4.The Super Hungry Dinosaur
What does a little boy do when a hungry T.Rex threatens to eat him? You’ll find out in this delightful tale. This is a great resource for helping children overcome fears.

dinosaur tissue box feet To help scare away your fears, you’ve got to have the right feet! Save your tissue boxes and upcycle them into these scary dinosaur feet.  You can stop by ABCTeach for more dinosaur printables and worksheets. 
dinosaur vs potty5.Dinosaur Vs The Potty
Simple, bright illustrations with a fun theme will keep your smaller children engaged while your older preschoolers learn. This series from Bob Shea pits a dinosaur against bedtime, the dreaded potty and even Santa! My kids love chiming in with “Roar, Roar, ROAR!”

sensory dinosaur craftReady to create your own dinosaur? Don’t miss this sensory dinosaur craft from Gummy Lump for some hands on fun. If your children don’t like getting their hands messy, you could try dinosaur puzzles instead.
dino pets 6.Dino Pets
If a child wanted a dinosaur for a pet, where would she go? To the Dino Pet store, of course! This fun story follows a boy as he tries to find the perfect dino pet.

dinobookNeed something to pass the time while you’re waiting in line? This free dinosaur book is perfect. Simply download, laminate the pages, add a binder rings and stick it in your purse or diaper bag. Instant fun!
dinosaurs gail gibbons7.Dinosaurs
If you’re a homeschooling mother or classroom teacher, you’ve probably came across gems from Gail Gibbons during your unit studies. Her books have been a wealth of information from which my children learn. Her Dinosaurs book is a treat — don’t miss Dinosaur Discoveries for dinosaur history.

Dinosaur-SkeletonAre your kids fascinated by fossils? You can create your own at home with this dinosaur fossil tutorial from All Kids Network or create your own dinosaur skeleton with the tips from Loving my Nest.
I dreamt I was a dinosaur8.I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur
A young boy dreams he is a dinosaur, meeting friends such as Toby Pterodactyl and Hilary Hadrosaur. Wonder what happens when he meets hungry Rex the Wrecker?

No time for flashcards stegosaurus Get out your paint and clothespins to create this Stegosaurus from No Time for Flashcards. Children can also learn while they play with these dinosaur printables from 2 Teaching Mommies.
when dinosaurs came with everything 9.When Dinosaurs Came with Everything
Some stores hand out stickers, while others may dole out bubble gum to customers. In this story, each purchase means you bring home a DINOSAUR! My boys giggled with every page.

pre k dinosaur prinable packKeep the learning going with this pre-k dinosaur printable pack from Over the Moon.
Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs 10.Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs
Harry loves dinosaurs and carries them in a bucket everywhere he goes. Find out what happens when he leaves them on the train one day! (Somehow, this sounds like my house)


Still need more dinosaur resources? Add these to your list.

Did I miss your favorite dinosaur craft or dinosaur book? Be sure and leave a comment to share your best ideas!

Dianna is the mother of five dinosaur fans over at The Kennedy Adventures. When she’s not educating future paleontologists, you can find her training for another half marathon! Follow her on Google +, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Dianna Kennedy is the mother of six, writing at The Kennedy Adventures. She shares resources for Catholic homeschooling, including printable Rosary cards for children and Saint Fun Fact Cards. Connect with her on G+, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


  1. Laura says

    I just stumbled upon this site from Pinterest and wanted to say Thank You! My son is just turning 2 years old and loves dinosaurs. I was running out of dinosaur activities but this gives me so many more ideas! He’ll love them all!