Toddlers and preschoolers need all the help they can get when it comes to learning to follow directions and teaching this skill in a fun hands-on way is a MAJOR win.
Our Dirty Dinosaur is a the perfect preschool learning activity to work on following directions and coloring.
We have included 3 different dinosaurs in our Dirty Dinosaur template so that you can take your pick of dinos.
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Speaking & Listening

  • Follow two-step directions
  • React with appropriate behaviors to simple questions

Adult Interactions

  • Follow directions given by a familiar adult

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Required Materials

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Dirty Dinosaur Template


*Washable Paint

*Paint Brushes

Step #1
Print a copy of the Dirty Dinosaur template.
Step #2
Invite your Lil’ to color their dinosaur using crayons.
Step #3
Tell your Lil’ that their dinosaur was playing in the mud and got dirty.
Step #4
Ask them to paint different parts of their dinosaur’s body brown to show that they are dirty.
For example: Oh-NO! Dinosaur jumped in the puddles and now his feet are all muddy. Can you paint dinosaur’s feet brown?
Try to only use words, do not point to the area you want them to paint.
Step #5
Repeat this type of story telling as often as you wish. Some other areas that you can say got dirty are the dinosaurs horns, spots, tail, nose. belly, and spikes.

Teacher Tip

After your Lil’ has followed your directions, add a fun twist and let them tell you where to paint. Your Lil’ will love getting the opportunity to teach you and it is a great way for them to practice telling you what they want.

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