Backyard Dinosaur Dig

dinosaur themed activitiy

We hit the Dollar Store for some supplies for summer crafts and activities and while there we saw these dog bones and decided to grab a handful and use them for some outside fun. Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? This would be a great for all ages and as a game for a dinosaur birthday party. We left the plastic on the bones because the ground here is still pretty damp and the feeling of wet dog bones totally skeeves me out. Do what works for you!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some dog bones, and any props you might want to use for your little paleontologists!
  2. Hide your bones! Can you see ours?  You could do this egg hunt style like we did or use a whole bunch and make a whole excavation site, how cool would that be?
  3. Time to hunt for some dinosaur bones. Think he was excited?
  4. Dig them out.
  5. He closed his eyes while I re hid the bones.
  6. Hunt all over again.

This is a great activity that can be quick or a much longer adventure.  After finding the bones don’t forget about writing or drawing a scientific report detailing your findings!

Dinosaur Books

Dinosaurs! by Gail Gibbons is an interesting and comprehensive introduction to dinosaurs for preschoolers. If you have a little one who wants to know more, this is a great book for them. It covers the basics and then some about dinosaurs and paleontology.

Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up by Robert Sabuda is truly awesome. You will gasp, giggle and find yourself amazed at every turn of the page when you read this incredible book. There is a large pop up in each two page spread ( beware some might be scary! ), as well as smaller pop ups on the pages as well. Under neath the intricate art are a ton of facts as well, it can just be a little tricky to get some kids to pay attention to the text with a giant dinosaur coming out of the book.  My sister bought this for my son years ago but we waited until last year to give it to him, and at 4.5 he is still awed and distracted by the pop ups . My guess is as his reading skills get stronger this will be a favorite quiet time book to read and play with.

Dinosaur Roar! Board Book by Paul and  Henrietta Stickland and is a board book that I’ve read often enough , I don’t need to look at the book. The premise is simple, using 2 different dinosaurs every page illustrates a pair of opposites. Toddlers and young preschoolers adore this book and I can’t blame them, it’s adorable and a great tool for teaching ! My son loves how funny the illustrations are and clearly enjoys the rigidity of the opposite concepts.

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  1. says

    love this idea! 🙂 we did something similiar for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party (it was winter and had to be inside!) i used dog bones (as in the dental bones??) and hid them in an indoor sandbox…the kids had a blast digging for them..and all the neighborhood dogs had a treat at the end 😉

  2. Julie says

    We love the Encyclopedia Prehistorica books! DS received the dinosaur one for Christmas and I just bought the other two, sea monsters and prehistoric mammals. Both are just as good as the first.

  3. says

    Now THAT is cute! And seriously…can’t you just buy that little cape cod down the street so I can send my hooligans your way for all the fun. Meanwhile stay home eating bon-bons and finally get to read a whole page of jane eyre without interruption! 😉


  4. says

    I am going to have to do this. I made a rock pit a couple of years ago for Cole out of a kiddie swimming pool that I drilled holes in the bottom of. i filled it with pea gravel and river rock. It is his little quarry. I am going to have to do this in that pit. The kids will have a blast. Fantastic idea!


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