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My 3-year-old son loves dinosaurs and racing anything! I’m sure many other young kids do too. This dinosaur theme printable math center combines learning shapes in preschool with a roll and graph activity.
Set Up Your Dinosaur Shapes Activity
* Paper and printer
* crayons/color pencils/markers to color in the boxes
* scissors to cut out the dice template
* glue to stick down the tabs of the dice
* optional: card to print the dice template on
* optional: laminator to make the game reusable
* optional: dry erase markers instead of crayons if laminating or you can also use some kind of manipulative/counter instead of shading the boxes
Playing This Preschool Graphing Activity
Simply roll the dice and see which shape comes up. Then shade one of the corresponding boxes and see which shape gets 5 shaded boxes first. That’s the winner!
My son found the game pretty straightforward as he’s used to getting 3-step directions. If you’re using the worksheet with younger children they may need to be shorter instructions.
He also didn’t want to stop at just having one shape ‘win’ the race. He wanted them all to cross the finish line. So it actually kept him entertained for a good 30 minutes at least because that’s how long it took for him to roll 5 of each shape.
Learning shapes, counting to 5, promoting patience and even cultivating fair sportsmanship all in one game!
And that half an hour of him being kept busy was priceless 🙂
Learning Shapes in Preschool
This printable game can easily be turned into a group activity by having each child pick a shape and taking turns trying to roll 5 of their own shape.
If you have older children, you could extend playtime by having them reach 10 or even 20 boxes before crossing the finish line instead of just 5.
Another idea is to have them color the boxes with a specific color for each shape.
You could also change it up by using a spinner with shapes drawn on if you have one, instead of using the dice template provided.
There are just so many ways to use this worksheet!
More Dinosaur Themed Centers
Like this? Then you’ll love my 10 Dinosaur Themed Literacy and Math Centers. These easy-prep games will get your students working on math, literacy and fine motor skills.
1) Dinosaur Alphabet Writing Strips – with handwriting lines
2) Dinosaur CVC Ending Sounds – 40 different words included
3) Dinosaur Alphabet Clip Strips – place a clothespin/clip on the matching letters on the strip
4) Letter-saurus Fossil Digging – pick a letter card then find and color it on the recording sheet
5) Dinosaur Playdough Color Words Mats – 8 different mats to use with playdough for forming the names of colors
6) Dinosaur School Race Spin and Graph – race to 10
7) Dinosaur Playdough Counting Mats to 10 – form the number and then fill up the ten frame with playdough ‘dinosaur eggs’
8) Dinosaur Number to Word Matching – number and word cards to 10 included
9) Dinosaur Egg Pattern Strips – use pompoms, dot markers, dot stickers or other colored manipulatives to complete the patterns. Includes ABAB, AABB, ABCABC and ABCB patterns
10) Dinosaur Eating Habits Sorting Mats – divide 18 food items into herbivore or carnivore mats
Fun Books About Dinosaurs:
Other Dinosaur Printables You’ll Love:
1) Dinosaur Printable Worksheets Pack – 50-page pack for your little one to practice letter recognition, writing, counting, graphing, tracing, coloring and so much more.
2) Dinosaur On The Run Tracing Lines – Improve fine motor skills and concentration at the same time. There are more than 10 different patterns to choose from.
5) Letter-saurus Fossil Digging – Preschoolers will love pretending to be a paleontologist so grab this free printable game and start working on letter recognition.
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2) Scarecrow Arrange By Size – 3 different scarecrow-themed image sets that they will arrange from smallest to biggest.
3) Bumblebee Addition Game – Solve the sum and help the bee land on the correct flower!
4) Farm Shapes Mats – Use playdough, pompoms, stickers etc to learn 2D shapes.
5) Popsicle Stick Number Formation – Kids will love forming the numbers 1 to 10 when ice cream and popsicles are involved!
8) Counting Colorful Bugs – This printable book will help kids count to 10 while also learning about color words.
9) Humpty Dumpty Numbers – In this printable game, your students will practice number recognition using 1 dice or simple addition when using 2 dice.
10) Build A Number Santa – Match the number to the correct number word, tally mark and domino to form a Santa Claus