I’ll apologize in advance – dinosaurs are IN right now. And as such, everything we are doing is dinosaur right now. Dinosaur math. Dinosaur ABCs. Dinosaur play. Dinosaur excavating. If there is an overwhelming dinosaur theme on the blog for the next month, now you know why.
Incidentally, I made this for Logi-Bear ages ago. He’s been in dinosaur mode since last August at least. His favorite changes based on his mood, but it’s typically T-Rex or Velociraptor. He actually could spell T-rex before he could even name all the letters. He can be very motivated! (Now to teach him to spell velociraptor!).
This takes a bit to set up, but it’s really not too bad. I used a plain white foam board and just taped the eggs to the board. I found that two long pieces of tape to cover the bottom and the sides of the eggs worked fine. But make sure to place everything on the board before you start taping down, lest you run out of room.
The printable includes upper and lowercase dinoaurs and upper and lowercase eggs, so you can match however you want. I also made a special set with JUST T-Rex because that is what Logi-Bear requested when we first printed them out.
We have done SO much with this board. I started by just singing the ABCs and pointing to the letters as we went. Then we would match uppercase to uppercase, lower to upper, lower to lower, etc. We talked about letter sounds. We spelled out special words (like names). And Logi-Bear would play silly games where the dinosaurs would crack out of their eggs.
Because it’s all about dinosaurs, Logi-Bear loved to sit and look at the letters. His attention span wasn’t long, but it got him interested.
He did this every single time we pulled out the board, without fail.