Handwriting can be hard. We try to make pre-writing play with fine motor ideas as fun as possible – and what better way than to use dinosaurs?
This activity took practically no time to set up – and I bet you already have everything you need to create your own dinosaur letter stomp!
Set Up Your Dinosaur Letter Stomp
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Shape the play dough into little discs (bonus – more fine motor practice if the kids help out).
Write letters using markers (I got this idea from my friend’s coolest way to play with play dough ever).
Then take the dinosaurs and start letter-stomping!
I set the dinosaurs at the top of the letters, as a visual reminder to start letters at the top. We also discussed starting from the top for making the capital letters.
For some of the letters, we first traced the letters and then stomped over the letters.
We stomped letters with feet, with dino-tails. We traced the letters, outlined the letters – just got those little fingers busy stomping the dinosaurs into the play dough.
You could also use this to practice name recognition and write out names for the dinosaurs to stomp. Or short words or numbers.
This dinosaur activity is a fun one to pair with Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems. One of our favorite books and this month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids choice.
Check out even more activities to do after reading
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs:
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Dinosaur Ice Egg Preschool Experiment :: Preschool Powol Packets
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Gross Motor :: 3 Dinosaurs
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Build a Trap for Dinosaurs :: Inspiration Laboratories
Dinosaur Letters :: The Pleasantest Thing
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