As it starts to get colder out and we are outside less often, I decided it’s a good time to have some indoor gross motor games on hand to get out when we need to get moving. So I created this dinosaur movement game for a fun way to do that! This game is great not only because it encourages exercise, but it also introduces vocabulary that may be new as well as some favorite dinosaur names. It’s a fun activity to do with your kids as you try to imagine how these dinosaurs may have moved while talking about what the words mean. It’s a lot of laughing and silly fun!
Make the Dinosaur Movement Cube:
- Print the Roll A Dinosaur Movement Cube. It comes in both color and black and white (we chose black and white to color ourselves). We printed it on regular computer paper for this, but it does get smashed easily. So I recommend printing on card stock to make it much more durable.
- Color the dinosaurs (if you printed in black and white).
- Cut out the cube around the solid lines.
- Fold along the dashed lines to make a cube shape. Fold in the tabs.
- Use glue on the tabs to hold the cube together (my favorite glue is tacky glue because it drys quickly and holds well).
- Let dry, and you’re ready to play!
How to Play with your Dinosaur Action Dice:
To play, have the child toss the cube. Whichever dinosaur and action is facing up is the movement to act out! These don’t need to be done in any certain way and can be adapted to your child’s abilities. Here are the movements on the cube and some suggestions based on what we did to play.
- Stretch like an Apatosaurus: Reach up high with both arms to stretch up tall.
- Stomp like a Stegosaurus: Stomp both feet to pretend to be a big dinosaur.
- Swing like an Apatosaurus: Pretend to have large tail swinging from side to side.
- Prowl like a T-Rex: Tip-toe with elbows bent and arms up (like t-rex arms) pretending to hunt for food.
- Paddle like a Plesiosaurus: Walk around while “swimming” with both arms.
- Flap like a Pteranodon: Move both arms up and down to “fly”
And that’s it! A simple and fun game to get you moving like a dinosaur!
Virtual Book Club For Kids:
This activity is a part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids. The VBC for Kids has new featured book weekly along with a theme and activities to go along with it. This week the featured book is Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems and the theme is Dinosaurs.
Alphabet, Reading, and Writing:
Collaborative Cardboard Dinosaur Art – Toddler Approved
Early Math, Numbers & Shapes:
Clothespin Dinosaur Counting Tray – School Time Snippets
Sensory, Cooking, and Science:
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Play Dough Mats – J Daniel 4’s Mom