Fun Fact: It was a woman who discovered the first
dinosaur. This is really a fun fact to share with both boys
and girls. She gave this unusual fossil to her husband and
they discovered what they thought was a giant lizard -- they
named it Iguanodon because it appeared similar in structure to an
iguana. It was a while before it was realized that it was not
just a lizard but an animal that had lived on Earth millions and
millions of years ago.
There is no doubt that learning letter D is a breeze with D is for
Dinosaur or try S is for Stegosaurus!
Activity: Read the Story
1. Ask the children what they would do if they could have a
2. Discuss some simple Stegosaurus
a. A stegosaurus was a plant eater. Most dinosaurs were
meat eaters or plant eaters.
b. Scientists are not sure but they think that the ridge of
plates running along its back might have cooled the dinosaur in hot
weather and warmed it on cool days.
c. The stegosaurus may have used his spiked tail to defend itself
from the meat eating dinosaurs.
Activity: Coloring and Mural Activities
1. There are a number of printable activities for different
ages on the materials column.
a. Coloring pages - Ages 2 -6 Make your selection of dinosaur coloring pages from the links
provided in the materials column.
Make sure to write the letter D (dinosaur) or first letter of the
dinosaur name of the inside the dinosaur images, both in
upper and lower case. Use different mediums, to color:
paints, finger paints, sponge painting. Color or paint first
and then add cut-up newspaper for a different effect, like mosaic
b. Dinosaur World Mural: Ages 2.5 to 6 This is a good
week long project for one child or a group of children: Plan to make
a dinosaur mural using the coloring page images. Tape several pieces of paper together to
make a large mural size (about 6 or more pieces of paper works well).
Draw a simple volcano and some palm trees, have the children paint the
mural and glue real leaves, and other recyclables, and cotton for
clouds. During the week color different dinosaur coloring book
images (in the link provided) and cut around them. Then glue
the images onto the mural. Try to encourage the children
to tell a story on the mural.
> Select letter S for Stegosaurus or D is for Dinosaur
* Letter S is for
Dinosaurs Alphabet: During the week you may want to encourage the children to
trace inside the letters and color the alphabet letter S
Stegosaurus coloring page or handwriting worksheet available in D'Nealian
or Standard block.