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20 Dinosaur Project ideas – For Home Education or Dinosaur loving Children

Updated on August 8, 2015
Cryolophosaurus ellioti theropod dinosaur.
Cryolophosaurus ellioti theropod dinosaur. | Source

I spend a lot of time online searching for home education resources that are fun and interesting for my son. All the resources used are freely available online either as online activities or for printing so I thought they would be useful to share with other parents. .

I have set the resources out by task rather than by days or weeks to make it more flexible for various levels of structure, timetables, time and children’s attention spans and abilities. I have also added some suggested activities or additional ideas.

1. Dinosaur Lapbook

This is available to download free from Homeschool Share and has 37 pages. It does have some bible/creation based content but this could be left out if preferred. This page also has downloads for colouring books with handwriting practice and dinosaur report cards that can be filled in with various information regarding the featured dinosaurs.

2. Dinosaur Project Suggestions for ages 3+

This page has loads of suggested activities that have been grouped by type including: model making, television programmes, counting, history and science.

Many children are fascinated by the world of the dinosaurs.
Many children are fascinated by the world of the dinosaurs. | Source

3. The Mesozoic Era

One page but features lots of information on the Mesozoic Era and the time periods within it (triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous). Included are a time line, information on plate tectonics and some data on other plants and animals of the time. The grade level for the page is suggested as 3rd-4th or approximately 8-10 years old.

4. Preschool Activities

The activities on this page include putting on a puppet show, dinosaur themed songs and playdough ideas.

5. Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology Free Online Course

A free online course offered by The University of Alberta via Coursera. The course has twelve lessons in total and covers anatomy, eating, locomotion, growth, environmental and behavioural adaptations, origins and extinction. The lessons are given from museums, fossil-preparation labs and dig sites using short videos. Each lesson also has quiz questions and a unit test. The estimated workload of this course is 3-5 hours a week and it states that no background knowledge is required.

Dinosaur at the American Museum of Natural History.
Dinosaur at the American Museum of Natural History. | Source

6. The Dino Directory

A UK based site run by The Natural History Museum in London that contains online guides, pictures, facts and figures for over 300 dinosaurs. This virtual directory can be searched in various ways such as by time period, country and A-Z of dinosaur name.

7. Dinosaur Videos

A selection of online videos by the BBC. The page also has some information on dinosaur size, behaviour and life.

8. What Killed the Dinosaurs?

Article from The University of California Museum of Palaeontology.

9. The Virtual Fossil Museum

Educational website dedicated to fossils and evolution. The site has lots of high quality photographs of fossils and also features information on geological history, the tree of life, paleobiology and evolution.

10. Dinosaur Games and Quizzes

A selection of links to various online games and quizzes that have a dinosaur theme.

The fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex is one of the best known dinosaurs.
The fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex is one of the best known dinosaurs. | Source

11. Dinosaur Interview with Steve Brusatte

Steve Brusatte is a dinosaur expert and palaeontologist who also worked on the Walking with Dinosaurs 3D movie. This is a written interview rather than video.

12. Reconstruct a Fossil

UK based site (BBC). Jigsaw game to reconstruct a fossil against the clock. There are several levels of difficulty from junior fossiler to superchallenge (four levels in all) Requires Flash 4 or above.

13. Dinosaur Jigsaws

Twenty five different dinosaur themed virtual jigsaw puzzles. The puzzles pieces can be swapped between small, medium and large to suit different abilities.

14. Make a Dinosaur Diorama

Steps by step instructions including links to relevant printables, showing how to create a dinosaur themed diorama.

15. Dinosaur Math

Create a graph charting the sizes of various dinosaurs using this printable worksheet. Grade estimate for this activity is 2nd-3rd or approximately 7-9 years old.

Small trilobite fossil (Pseudophillipsia artiensis) from the early Permian period, found in Krasnoufimsk Russia, displayed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.
Small trilobite fossil (Pseudophillipsia artiensis) from the early Permian period, found in Krasnoufimsk Russia, displayed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. | Source

17. Dinosaur Bone Pasta Craft

Printable template that can then be filled with pasta or another similar item.

19. Walking with Dinosaurs 3D Activity Pack

Thirty five pages of activities for children to complete including dinosaur profiles, dot to dot, mask making, name the dinosaur, how to draw a dinosaur and instructions for making fossils using plaster of paris. The activities are aimed at various age groups and recommended ages are stated on each activity sheet. There is also an accompanying resource pack that is full of useful and supporting information.

20. Prepared Dinosaur Themed Lesson Plans

Ready-made lesson plans developed by The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory and covering all age ranges.

© 2015 Claire


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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great ideas, Claire. All very useful for home schoolers or non-homeschooled children. Voted up!

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      Claire 20 months ago from Surrey, Uk

      Thank you :)

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're welcome!

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