Exploring prehistoric times with dinosaur clipart
You’ve probably noticed your child’s eyes light up at the mention of dinosaurs! These magnificent creatures that once roamed our planet are not just exciting but can also be a fantastic learning opportunity for your little one.
Using dinosaur clipart, pictures and fun facts about those and other long-gone creatures, you can spark their imagination and provide a playful way to learn. Here’s how you can use these prehistoric pictures to enrich your child’s world!
We have the following dinosaurs and animals below (each dinosaur coloring sheet below is also labeled with the name):
Crafting corner: Make your own dino-world
With printable dinosaur coloring pages, your child can create their own dinosaur land. Encourage them to mix colors, describe their favorite dinosaurs — and even come up with names for their new dino friends. This not only enhances their creativity, but also helps develop their vocabulary and storytelling skills.
Here are 5 fun craft ideas that will turn dinosaur template pages into a prehistoric playground.
- Dinosaur paper puppets: Cut out the colored dinosaurs and paste them onto popsicle sticks. Now, your child can have a dino puppet show!
- Prehistoric diorama: Create a 3D scene with a shoebox, some craft supplies, and the colored dinosaur pages as stand-up figures.
- Dinosaur mobile: Hang your child’s colored dinosaurs from an old coat hanger to make a rotating display for their room.
- Dino-mite magnets: Glue small magnets to the back of the colored pages and decorate your fridge with these ancient creatures.
- Dinosaur greeting cards: Fold card stock and decorate with cut-out dinosaur coloring pages to send a roaring good message to friends and family.
Learning through play with dinosaur printables
Let’s turn those dinosaur coloring sheets into interactive learning experiences that engage and educate your young explorers.
- Incorporate fun facts: Did you know? As you color and play, sprinkle in some trivia about these ancient creatures. For example, did you know the Stegosaurus had a brain the size of a walnut? Or that the longest dinosaur was the Argentinosaurus, which measured over 100 feet long? These tidbits can be fascinating for kids and adults alike. (Scroll on for 22 fun facts about the dinosaurs featured on this page!)
- Outdoor adventure – a dinosaur scavenger hunt: Take the fun outside by organizing a dinosaur scavenger hunt. Hide miniature dinosaur figures or dinosaur printables around your backyard and let your child discover them with the help of clues. It’s a delightful way to combine physical activity with learning.
- Quiet time with a dinosaur reading nook: After all the playing and learning, it’s nice to settle down with a good book. Create a cozy reading corner with pillows and blankets, where you and your child can read about dinosaurs. Have some dinosaur coloring pages or sticker books handy to relax and play as you learn about these fascinating creatures.
22 dino-mite fun facts for young minds
Curiosity didn’t go extinct with the dinosaurs! Feed your little paleontologist’s fascination with these bite-sized facts about their favorite ancient beasts, as well as other prehistoric animals who were around millions of years ago.
- Allosaurus had a massive skull and sharp teeth, but its bite was less powerful than that of other predators; it used its skull like a hatchet against its prey.
- Baryonyx is known for its distinctive long claws on its hands and may have been a fish-eater, given its crocodile-like snout.
- Ceratosaurus had a large horn on its snout, which could have been used to attract mates or intimidate rivals.
- Compsognathus was a small, chicken-sized dinosaur that may have hunted in packs to take down larger prey.
- Deinonychus had a sickle-shaped claw on each foot that it used to slash at its prey, and it inspired the idea of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park.
- Dilophosaurus is often depicted with a frill and spitting venom, but there is no actual evidence to support these features; they were made popular by the movies.
- Gallimimus ran on two legs and had a very bird-like build, suggesting that it was a fast runner, possibly reaching speeds up to 20 mph.
- Ichthyosaurus was not actually a dinosaur, but a marine reptile that gave live birth in water.
- Iguanodon was one of the first dinosaurs ever discovered and could walk on both two and four legs.
- Mosasaurus was another marine creature, a huge predator that ruled the seas — not a dinosaur, but just as awe-inspiring.
- Oviraptor‘s name means “egg thief,” a misnomer given to it when it was discovered near what was thought to be other dinosaurs’ eggs.
- Pachycephalosaurus had a thick, domed skull that it may have used in head-butting contests.
- Parasaurolophus had a long, backward-leaning tube on its head that might have been used to produce deep, resonating sounds.
- Plesiosaur, like the Ichthyosaurus, was not a dinosaur, but a prehistoric marine reptile with a long neck and paddle-like flippers.
- Pterodactyl was another non-dinosaur, a flying reptile with wings made of skin stretched over a long finger.
- Quetzalcoatlus is one of the largest flying animals of all time, with a wingspan as wide as a small airplane.
- Spinosaurus is believed to have been the largest carnivorous dinosaur, even bigger than Tyrannosaurus Rex, with a distinctive sail on its back.
- Stegosaurus had a brain the size of a walnut, which is very small compared to its body size.
- Styracosaurus had six long horns extending from its neck frill, with a longer horn above its nose, making it look quite formidable.
- Triceratops had three horns on its face along with a large bony frill, which may have been used in defense against predators like Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- Tyrannosaurus Rex had some of the strongest bite forces ever known, capable of crushing bone with ease.
- Velociraptor was actually much smaller in real life than in movies, roughly the size of a turkey, and covered in feathers.
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