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Hunting for Dinosaurs

ages 2-6


One large basket; a collection of toys.

Activity Detail

This game can be played indoors or outdoors, but we usually save it for a rainy day. Give a child a large basket and have her gather all of her plastic toy dinosaurs. Once she is convinced that she has them all, count them according to size (e.g., 11 large, 8 medium and 7 small). Then send the child into another room, close the door and have her stay there until called (older kids can count for themselves to 50 or 100 - enough time to hide the toys). While the child is behind closed doors, hide all the dinosaurs around the house in plain view. Once they are all hidden, give the child the basket and send her off on her dinosaur hunt. When she thinks she has found them all, she has to count them again to be sure. It generally takes anywhere from 20-45 minutes to find and recount them all. You could certainly use stuffed animals or some other favorite set of toys.



Amy said:

My 3 year old daughter loves Little People and enjoys having me hide them for her to find. We haven't tried sorting them, but I like the idea. With the Little People, maybe we'll sort them into boys, girls, and animals instead of by size.

- Posted on Jun 2, 2007

novelline said:

Definitely a good back-up game for rainy days!

- Posted on Jul 18, 2007

1 year olds will play this game?

- Posted on Sep 29, 2008

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- Posted on Mar 23, 2010

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