Dinosaurs are a pretty big deal in our house. We have always been dinosaur lovers. In fact, the original plan when I went to college was to be a paleontologist. While I was there it was a bit of a back and forth between that and cultural anthropology, but my love of dinosaurs remained strong. I couldn’t be more excited that my son has inherited my ancient interests.
The new Jurassic World movie, Fallen Kingdom, has only enhanced our dino interests around here. My son has been quizzing me for months on types of dinosaurs, their diets, habitats, and everything else. In honor of him, I thought it would be fun to do a few dino inspired worksheets as a fun way to say goodbye to summer. Yup, only a homeschool mom thinks of worksheets as a fun summer activity!
As a bonus, I’ve added a fun dinosaur fossil themed peanut butter cookie that is so easy kids can help make it with you. It is really so much fun to add the little dinosaur footprints into these cookies! They have to be one of my favorite cookies to make both because they are yummy peanut butter and because they are really fun to put together.
Dinosaur Print Peanut Butter Cookies
We put together these quick and easy dinosaur print fossil cookies as a snack while we did our worksheets. They are so tasty and take just minutes to make. You will definitely want your little helpers for this one because who can say no to stomping dinosaurs through cookie dough? Even tweens who are unimpressed with most anything these days had fun doing this one. (Even though they will absolutely deny it lol)
3/4 C Organic Cane Sugar
3/4 C Date Sugar
1/3 C milk
2 1/2 C Organic Flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp clear vanilla extract
Note: If you don’t have or prefer not to use organic or unprocessed options you can use the same amounts of white sugar, brown sugar, and all-purpose flour.
Combine sugars and peanut butter in a stand mixer and blend until a smooth consistency. You don’t want any lumps of sugar in there or your cookies will come out a bit gritty.
Once you reach the right texture add the eggs one at a time and then add the milk. You can use any milk you prefer for this recipe. If you would rather avoid dairy you can use an alternative such as almond milk or soy milk. I would just suggest sticking to an unsweetened variety so that the flavoring doesn’t alter the flavor of the cookies.
Add vanilla extract into the mixture once your milk and eggs have completely combined in. You can change the amount of vanilla to suit your personal preferences. Just remember, these are peanut butter cookies so you don’t want to overpower the peanut butter flavor with your vanilla.
In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking powder, and baking soda together. You can combine them with a whisk if you don’t have a sifter (although I highly suggest investing in one. You can even pick them up at IKEA for a few bucks. I got mine there and have been using it for years!)
Slowly add your dry mix into the peanut butter mixture and blend until just combined. If you go too fast here you risk getting chunks of flour in your cookies. If you over-mix you could get cookies that have a bad texture.
Pop your dough into the fridge for about 45 minutes just to give it a little more “hold up power”. If you are in a rush (or just really want some peanut butter cookies. I’ve totally been there lol I get it) you can skip this part. They don’t necessarily need to chill, I just do this with all of my cutout doughs to give them a little more strength.
Once 45 minutes have elapsed cover your surface with powdered sugar. (You can use flour if you prefer.) Roll the cookies out to about a 1/2 inch thickness and use a cutter to make circle-shaped cookies. If you don’t have a circle-shaped cookie cutter you can use a biscuit cutter or even the top of a glass.
Take a cleaned plastic dinosaur and press into each of the cookies to make a print. You don’t want to press too hard or you will go all the way through the cookie. Just hard enough to make an imprint.
Place cookies onto a baking sheet and pop into a 375 degree F oven for about 10 minutes. The timing may differ based on your oven. Look for the outer edges of the cookies to begin to brown a little. You will know they are done then. Once finished cooking you want to cool them on a pan for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool another 10 minutes.
You can add decoration to your prints such as a cinnamon sugar dusting, red icing, or any other form of “dirt” to give them a little extra oomph. Of course, they are just fine as is too!
Fun Dinosaur Worksheets
I have included two dinosaur-themed worksheets in this post. The first is a word scramble that includes dinosaur names that are jumbled up. The download for this one includes an answer key as well. The second worksheet is a dinosaur name spelling test. This is the first of multiple dinosaur spelling tests that I will be making so be sure to join our mailing list for all of the other spelling tests to come!
Dinosaur Word Scramble and Answer Key
This worksheet has dinosaur names all scrambled up to be decoded. Most are commonly known dinosaurs with a few oddballs thrown in there. We will be adding more of these worksheets in the coming posts too! An answer key is included with the correct names.
Dinosaur Name Spelling Test
This worksheet is the first of multiple that includes the names of dinosaurs for your little one to practice spelling. Included is a page for them to answer. Of course, if they need a little more room a sheet of notebook paper will work just as good.
Share Your Favorite Dinosaur
What is your favorite dinosaur? Leave us a comment below and let us know your favorite dinosaur! My son is pretty in love with the Spinosaurus (although I’m not much of a fan after being eaten by one in Ark lol). Mine, for as long as I can remember, has been the Velicoraptor. I fell in love with raptors at a young age and haven’t changed my mind since. Sure, the Tyrannosaurus is pretty awesome and you can’t help but love the Brontosaurus for their sheer size but there is just something about the Velociraptor that has always fascinated me.
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