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Dino Paths Make & Play Creative Art Activity for Preschoolers

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of dino paths images with text: Dino Paths Creative Art

Last week, I shared our math and literacy activities from our Jurassic Plants lesson and today I wanted to share the Make & Play.

cardstock strips with painted dino paths on tray

Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) includes several different themed activities each day. If you're interested in seeing the math and literacy ideas from this lesson, you can find that post here. To learn more about today's creative art activity, then keep reading.


The day starts with circle time, which means calendar and weather, a community challenge and of course a picture book.


On this particular day, the children discussed carnivores and herbivores and voted on which they would prefer to be.


To make their dino paths, the preschoolers used paper strips, toy dinosaurs, paint, and markers.

dinosaur manipulative on plastic lid with paint

The discussion prompt that was included in the Experience Early Learning Teacher Guide for this activity was as follows:


  • Where do you think dinosaurs went? Dinosaurs were big and heavy, so they left big footprints in the earth.


The children taped the paper strips to create paths then dipped dinosaur feet in paint to make footprints on the path.


After the children finished making their dino paths, they were encouraged to play with them.


Make & Play activities such as this one are a wonderful way to encourage both fine motor and communication skills.

preschooler painting cardstock dino paths on tray

Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) makes it easy to bring each of our preschool themes to life with lots of wonderful play-based activities.


Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we begin to explore the world!

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