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Fun with Dinosaur Footprints

October 18, 2008
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Life-size dinosaur foot prints to use for a variety of activities.

Dinosaur Footprints

Making a path of dinosaur foot prints on the sidewalk or through the yards in your neighborhood can be a source of great fun for all! Children love following them.  The foot prints can lead to a play area, be part of a scavenger or treasure hunt or they simply can disappear, the remaining traces of visitors from long ago that happened to wander through your yard one summer evening.

You can cut out the print and use it as a stencil and the print for painting!

Use the life-size foot prints as a stencil to make the dinosaur tracks using chalk, flour, sand or paint.

Tyrannosaurus Rex
Foot Print
Approx. 33″ long by 28″ wide

Apatosaurus/Brontosaurus
Foot Print
Approx. 36″ long by 42″ wide

Using chalk works well on concrete or other hard surfaces.

Dinosaur Footprint Path

  1. Lay the stencil out and trace the inside edge with chalk on a sidewalk or driveway.
  2. Then remove the stencil and fill in the foot print with more chalk so it stands out.
  3. You can make groups of prints “walking” in one direction or have another set of foot prints crossing it or you can have the prints lead nowhere, it is up to you.

Dinosaur Footprint Comparison Activity:

  1. Lay the stencil out and trace the inside edge with chalk.
  2. Remove the stencil.
  3. Have your child guess how many of his or her foot prints will fit inside the dinosaur foot print.
  4. Trace your child’s foot print inside the dinosaur foot prints as many times as it will fit.
  5. Have your child count his or her foot prints by putting a number in each of their foot prints. Was their guess close?

Or compare using water…

  1. Lay the stencil out and trace the inside edge with chalk.
  2. Then remove the stencil and fill in the foot print with more chalk.
  3. Have your child dip their foot in water and place it inside the dinosaur foot print. When your child lift’s their foot and steps back to look at the difference you could ask questions about the different sizes.

Using flour or sand works well on grass, wood and other soft surfaces.

  1. Lay out the outside edge of the stencil where you would like the foot print.
  2. Put flour in the sifter or sieve or just use your hand and carefully shake the flour to fill the opening in the center of the stencil. You don’t want big clumps of flour, just a nice layer to fill the center only.
  3. Gently remove the stencil, sliding the flour from the paper into the center of the stencil.

Continue until you have made as many dinosaur foot prints as you would like.

Using Paint:

    1. Using the outside of the stencil, place it on the area to be painted and tape it in place with painter’s tape so the stencil doesn’t move as you are working (the painter’s tape will come off the wall without removing the wall paint).
    2. Pour a small amount of paint on a paper plate and dab the sponge in the paint. Remove any excess so the paint doesn’t drip or run because you want a clean line on the edge of the stencil.
    3. Continue dabbing the sponge on the surface until the center and the outside edge of the stencil is completely filled.
    4. Wait until the paint dries a little on the stencil before removing the tape. If you want to make a new print, place it in a new location. Since the paint is not completely dry, be careful not to touch anything else while you are moving it.Having foot prints climb a wall or “walk” over the floor in a play area or bedroom is very cool and your children will enjoy them for years.

Think About It!

Some questions that might be asked:

  • How much bigger is this dinosaur foot print from your foot print? Why do you think it was so big?
  • How many toes did this dinosaur have?  How many do you have?
  • Why do you think this dinosaurs feet were so big?
  • Compare the size of the Tyrannosaurus Rex foot print with the Apatosaurus’.These kinds of conversations promotes vocabulary and analyzing capabilities in your child.

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