Dinosaur Dig Prehistoric Sensory Activity for Little Kids

collage of dinosaur sensory bin images with text: Prehistoric Fossil Toddler & Preschool Sensory ActivityIf you missed my last post about our Dinosaur Pretend Play Sensory Activity, then you’re definitely going to want to check it out. If you’ve been there and done that, this is the other sensory activity that I mentioned, so make sure to keep reading.

preschooler stamping dinosaur bone sand mold into sand
There’s just something about dinosaurs. I love them. The little guy loves them. We could seriously learn about dinosaurs forever. And what’s more fun than prehistoric-themed sensory activities, especially this one for your little paleontologist?

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

If you want to feel like you’re totally winning at this mama thing, then you have to check out Play Dirt*. We’re loving it! I found it for the little guy a few months ago and he’s been playing with it ever since. The texture is amazing and it’s awesome for creating nature-type sensory bins.

Fossil Sensory Bin

What you’ll need

  • Activity tub or other small container
  • Play Dirt*
  • Dinosaur Sand Molds

Here’s how to do it

  • Pour the dirt into the activity tub or other small container.
  • Toss in the dinosaur sand molds.
  • Encourage your little kids to create their very own dinosaur dig.

I know, I know. Almost too easy, right? That’s exactly what I’m loving about it. And just like our other dinosaur sensory activity, the little guy spent hours digging for fossils. There’s just something about messy stuff and little kids.

preschooler filling dinosaur bone sand mold with sand
I loved watching him explore the sand molds. He would fill each one and then flip them over in the Play Dirt. I’m willing to bet that you remember doing something similar when you were a little kid.

preschooler patting sand in sensory bin
And then when he was finished, he smoothed it all out and started over again.

The dinosaur molds were added one at a time. And of course lots more shaping and digging. You know, because that’s just how preschoolers roll.

preschooler pulling dinosaur bone sand molds from sensory bin

When it was all said and done, the little guy and I built the dinosaur with all of the bones that he found during his excavation. It’s actually kinda hilarious, but he’s sitting beside me right now playing with his own version of this particular bin.

dinosaur bone sand molds arranged to make dinosaur design in sand

He added construction trucks, so… Now it’s apparently a construction site too and I’m sure it won’t be long before he’s hauling dinosaur bones to the museum with his dump truck.

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our It’s A Small World theme. And if you missed our preschool space post, you can check it out here.

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collage of dinosaur sensory bin images with text: Dinosaur Dig Prehistoric Fossil Sensory Activity

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