Millions of years ago, dinosaurs lived on Earth. These fascinating creatures ranged in size from tiny flying creatures, to enormous “titanosaurs” such as Dreadnoughtus, which was 26 metres (85 feet) long! Dinosaurs thrived during three prehistoric periods; the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.
Some of the animals that lived alongside the dinosaurs can still be found in the world today, such as crocodiles and crabs, but the dinosaurs themselves died out 65 million years ago.
Teach your children about dinosaurs using our handy topic guide!
- Use this video of Wayne the Stegosaurus to stimulate some poetry writing.
- This online resource can be used as a complete lesson looking at how we know what dinosaurs looked like.
- Try our teaching ideas for the book Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs.
- Give children our dinosaur statistics fact cards and ask them to order them by height, or weight. They can even use the blank templates to research their own.
- Make your own fossils using Plaster of Paris.
- Older primary children will enjoy exploring the Greek and Latin root words that make up dinosaur names.
- Our dinosaur timeline helps children to appreciate that the evolution of dinosaurs took place over millions of years.
- Our printable dinosaur posters can be used for a range of learning activities.
- Learn amazing dinosaur facts with our fact cards.
- Children will love learning the names of the dinosaurs on this printable mat.
- Our dinosaur pronunciation cards are really useful for learning how to say those tricky dinosaur names!
- The word “dinosaur” was first used in 1842 by a scientist named Richard Owen. The word comes from the Ancient Greek and means “terrible lizard”.
- Dinosaur fossils have been found on every continent on Earth.
- The earliest dinosaurs appeared during the Triassic era, over 200 million years ago.
- Modern birds evolved from dinosaurs; the oldest bird fossils are about 150 million years old and have teeth rather than beaks.
- Dinosaurs lived on earth for millions of years before an extinction event about 65 million years ago. Scientists have different theories about what caused it, including a change in the climate, volcanic activity or an impact from an asteroid.
Find out about Diplodocus in this fantastic CBeebies video.
Running time: 5:34
This video gives a brief overview of dinosaurs.
Running time: 3:47
How do dinosaur fossils form?
An animation for the Natural History museum explaining fossil formation.
Running time: 3:49
How dinosaurs footprints get made in solid rock
Join a group of children finding dinosaur footprints at the beach.
Running time: 5:53
Mary Anning – Fossil Hunter
An animated biography of famous fossil hunter Mary Anning.
Running time: 5:06
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