Dinosaur Measurement Activities

These dinosaur measurement activities help kids learn to measure with non standard units such as cubes and links. They’re a fun addition to pre-k, preschool and kindergarten math centers.

I’m so excited to share these free dinosaur activities with you. They’re really easy to prep and can be done with a few simple materials. The activities include dinosaur measurement cards and sorting labels.

Dinosaur Measurement Cards

The aim of this activity is to teach kids to measure length and height using non standard measurement units.

Preparation – Print and laminate the measurement cards for added durability. After that grab some non standard measuring units such as cubes, paper clips, links or counters.

How To Play – First choose a dinosaur measurement card. Next measure the line using a non standard measurement unit such as a cube. Finally, write how long the line is in the box with an erasable marker.

Dinosaur Measurement Labels

The aim of this activity is to compare the length and height of dinosaur figurines using non standard measurement units. You can usually find dinosaur figurines from places like the dollar store, toy stores and museum.

Activity 1 – Shortest to Longest

Preparation – First print and laminate the comparison labels for added durability. Then grab a variety of dinosaur figurines.

How To Play – Begin by laying out the labels shortest and tallest. After that place two dinosaur figurines next to each other to work out which is taller. Continue to compare all of the dinosaurs and place them in order from shortest to tallest.

Tip – It helps to place the shortest dinosaur near the shortest card and the tallest dinosaur near the tallest card.

Activity 2 – Lightest to Heaviest

As a variation the kids can also order the dinosaurs from lightest to heaviest.

How to Play – Kids need to holding one dinosaur in each hand to feel which one is the lightest. This skill is called hefting. Alternatively, you can use balance scales.

Activity 3 – Shorter or Longer

How to Play – Cut a piece of yarn slightly smaller than the average dinosaur figurine. Then stretch the yarn beside each dinosaur. Ask the kids “Is the yarn shorter or longer than the dinosaur?”. Then continue comparing all of of the other dinosaurs with the piece of yarn.

More Dinosaur Activities for Kids

If you’re looking for more fun dinosaur activities then be sure to check out the activities below too. They’re FREE!

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10 Little Dinosaurs Song // Stay at Home Educator

Counting Puzzles // Pocket of Preschool

Dinosaur Addition // Recipe for Teaching

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Clip Cards: Matching Numbers 1-12 // Liz’s Early Learning Spot

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Addition Cards // The STEM Laboratory

Counting Play Dough Mats // Fantastic Fun and Learning

Memory Game // Teach Me Mommy

Bossy R Sort // Sara J Creations

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I hope you have a wonderful time exploring dinosaurs with the kiddos.

Happy teaching!

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