Welcome to Dino Week at Camp Khan Kids! This week, kids can dive into our non-fiction books about dinosaurs. Grab your favorite toy dinosaur, download the printable pack at the bottom of this page, and let’s get started. For play materials, you will need paper, markers, dirt, eggs, paper plates, and plenty of imagination. Ready, set, rawr! 🦖
See the chart below for this week’s schedule, and scroll through the article to find details and links. Feel free to mix and match activities to fit your family's needs.
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Watch: Dino Circle Time
Join us for Circle Time with Caroline and Sophie from Khan Academy Kids. The theme is “All About Dinosaurs!” Kids can read along to fiction and nonfiction stories as they learn exciting facts about these prehistoric creatures.
Read the Book Diplodocus by Bellwether Media in the Khan Academy Kids app. Learn how this dinosaur whipped its tail to drive enemies away! Find this title in the Books section of the Khan Kids Library under Dinosaurs. Children who are just beginning to read can choose Read-to-Me mode, and readers who would like to practice reading by themselves can try Read-by-Myself mode.
Write: Decorate a Diplodocus and write letter D words
Let kids decorate and color the Diplodocus coloring page in this week’s printable packet. These coloring pages can be found in the Create tab of the app, too. Does your child’s Diplodocus have a name? Encourage children to write the name of their dinosaur on the page. For older learners, turn the page over and try making a list of words that begin with the letter D. How many words can they write? Extend this activity by using the word list to write a story about the Diplodocus.
Learn: Counting and addition
Did you know that the Diplodocus was a huge dinosaur that stretched up to 100 feet long? That’s a lot of feet to count! Little learners can practice counting in the Math section of the Khan Kids Library. Older learners can build their big-number addition skills by trying lessons with equations and 10 frames! For hands-on activities, try a math worksheet in this week’s printable packet.
Play: Make a tail
One of the things we found interesting about the Diplodocus was its long tail. Can your kids make a dinosaur tail? Try cutting big triangles out of paper or fabric to make a long tail. Tie the tail around your waist with a string. We’d love to see the kids with their tails. Please take a photo and share it with us! #CampKhanKids
Watch: Super Simple Dinosaur Songs and Nat Geo Kids
Preschoolers will love singing along to “10 Little Dinosaurs” by Super Simple Songs. If that’s too young for some, try watching Animal Showdown from National Geographic Kids, where they compare a blue whale with the Argentinosaurus. Which one is the biggest animal of all time? You’ll have to watch to find out!
Read the Book Triceratops by Bellwether Media in the Khan Academy Kids app. Pay special attention to the unique frill and horn on its head, because later we’ll be making a triceratops mask. Find this title in the Books section of the Khan Kids Library under Dinosaurs. Or, read Dinosaur Day starring the Khan Kids characters under 2nd grade Early Readers. Children can choose between Read-to-Me and Read-by-Myself modes, depending on their age or preference.
Write: The Tale of the Triceratops
When coloring today’s Triceratops page, imagine a story about why the Triceratops is smiling. Are they happy because they just had lunch or because they are safe and sound with their family? Tell the story out loud, or write it down. We’d love to see their pages and hear their Triceratops tales! #CampKhanKids
Learn: Shapes and measurement
We are fascinated by the unique shape of the Triceratops head with its horns and frill. Learn more about shapes in the Math section of the Khan Kids Library. Younger children can explore lessons with patterns and shapes. Older children can dive into the details of measurement. For hands-on activities, check out the printable ruler in this week’s printable pack.
Play: Paper plate dinosaurs
Paper plates are ideal for creating dinosaurs of your own. See how Super Simple creates a Stegosaurus out of a folded paper plate, cardboard tubes, and paper. Or try cutting a paper plate in half to form the frills for a Triceratops mask!
Watch: Get moving with Dino Yoga
Stand up, stretch, and move like a dinosaur with Dino Yoga from Alo Yoga. Kids will learn the T. rex stance, how to run like a Velociraptor, and take roaring breaths. Then, they’ll rest and relax in a dino egg child’s pose. After the video, suggest that kids try a few poses of their own. What type of dinosaur poses can they create?
Read the Book Stegosaurus by Bellwether Media in the Khan Academy Kids app. The Stegosaurus was known for the plates along its back and tail. Ask kids a question before they start the book: what were the plates made out of? Find this title in the Books section of the Khan Kids Library under Dinosaurs. Children can practice reading by themselves or reading and listening with the narrator.
Write: Stegosaurus wordplay
Stegosaurus is quite a word because it has the letter S at the beginning, middle, and end! Learners of all ages can have fun with the word Stegosaurus. Little learners can color today’s coloring page, and then turn the page over to practice writing the letter S. Older learners can try describing their Stegosaurus using only words that start with the letter S. Is their Stegosaurus smart, savvy, and strong? Super! Write a description of the Stegosaurus on the writing page in the printable pack, and then read it out loud!
Learn: Sounds and syllables
Dinosaur names are long and unique, which can be great for noticing sounds and syllables. Build language and literacy skills by listening to the learning videos in the Khan Academy Kids app. Videos are organized in the Videos tab by age and subject in the Khan Kids Library. We especially love how Reya claps to each syllable while teaching this concept. Encourage kids to clap to each syllable in a dinosaur name, like Reya is clapping here!
Play: Mud pie dino dinner
When a pet Stegosaurus is hungry, and it’s almost time for dinner, something must be done! Head outside to find some dirt and other ingredients like rocks, leaves, and sticks. Add water to the dirt to shape it into mud pies. Garnish with yard scraps and serve. Parents can read more about the learning potential of mud in Tinkergarten’s mud play activity. Take photos of the dino meals kids create, and share them with us! #CampKhanKids
Watch: Dino field trip with Caitie’s Classroom
Take a trip to the London Children’s Museum with Caitie from Caitie’s Classroom. Kids can follow along as Caitie tries on dinosaur feet, inspects dinosaur bones, and digs for dinosaur fossils! This show was so much fun that Caitie recorded another one at the Canadian Museum of Nature. For kids who’d like to go on two field trips, here’s the next link!
Read the Book Velociraptor by Bellwether Media in the Khan Academy Kids app. Ask kids to find out what was unique about the Velociraptor, like its feathers or sharp claws. Find this title in the Books section of the Khan Kids Library under Dinosaurs. Children who are just beginning to read can choose Read-to-Me mode, and readers who would like to practice reading by themselves can try Read-by-Myself mode.
Write: An Ode to the Velociraptors
Today’s coloring page shows three Velociraptors. Try thinking of a poem for these dinosaur friends. Kids can start by naming the Velociraptors, describing what they are doing in the picture, and then playing with rhyming words. Here’s a start, off the top of our heads: Victor was my Velociraptor friend, who wanted to run around the bend. Soon the other dinos arrived, and joined the fun to watch the sunrise. Little learners can memorize and recite. Older learners can write and write!
Learn: Social-emotional development and being yourself
In the book Got to Be Me by Cynthia Platt, T. rex discovered that his favorite things are different from what other dinosaurs like to do. While T. rex likes quiet time to think and learn, other dinosaurs think he should roar and stomp around. Find this title in the Books section of the Khan Kids Library under Stories with Lessons. Read the book together with your child. Encourage kids to think about their unique likes and preferences. Explain why these factors make them special, and support them on their journey to be confident and proud of who they are. The “I am special” worksheet in this week’s printable pack is a great way to extend this activity.
Play: Dinosaur egg hunt
Take a look in your kitchen. Do you have anything round? A hard-boiled egg, an orange, or a melon will do. If kids want to get fancy, have them paint or color these round items with polka dots. Or, mold egg shapes out of playdough. You’ve just made dinosaur eggs! Now, find a secret nest to hide them in, and see if children can scout them out. [Image from Little Fish blog]
Watch: How to Draw Circle Time
Fridays are great days for letting loose and being creative. Have you ever seen our How to Draw series on Circle Time? If not, check it out! In this episode, watch as Kodi explains how to draw Ollo’s dinosaur bath toy!
Read: Tyrannosaurus Rex
Read the Book Tyrannosaurus Rex by Bellwether Media in the Khan Academy Kids app. The T. rex had a giant head about five feet long. That’s as big as a person! You can find out more about the T. rex in the Books section of the Khan Kids Library under Dinosaurs. Children can choose whether they want to follow along with narration, read by themselves, or read with a grown-up nearby.
Write: Take notes about big objects
The chart in the book we read today showed that a T. rex was about 12 feet high by 40 feet long. Color your T. rex, and then turn the coloring page over and use it as a page for taking notes to find other large items in your home. Can you find a fridge, a couch, or a car? Draw or record the size and shape of the big things you find. Be sure to let us know if you find any objects that are bigger than a T. rex!
Learn: Comparing and measurement
Continue learning about measurement by comparing all of the dinosaurs that we read about this week. Start with some lessons about shapes and measurement in the Math section of the Khan Kids app (remember to adjust the dropdown menu to match your child’s age level).
Play: Pin the tail on the dinosaur
Take this week’s coloring pages and tape them to a wall at a level that kids can reach. Design and cut a dinosaur tail on a blank piece of paper that kids can tape to a dinosaur on the wall. Have kids close their eyes (or try a blindfold), turn them around, and guide them to walk toward the wall to tape the tail on one of their dinosaur coloring pages. When they open their eyes, they can see where the tail landed!
Certificate of completion
Thank you for participating in Dino Week. We had SO much fun with you! Don’t forget to print out your certificate to celebrate your accomplishments!
Bonus activities on Pinterest
If you're looking for even more dino-themed activities, check out our Dino Week Board on Pinterest. These ideas may keep you roaring all summer long!