Dinosaurs Inspire a Simple and Fun Memory Game

Dinosaurs and prehistoric animals can be wonderful subjects for a term topic or as part of a week of science teaching in schools.  Here is a simple and fun memory game which uses classroom resources to help reinforce learning and recall.

As Everything Dinosaur team members visit schools to carry out dinosaur themed workshops and other activities, we discuss the learning needs of children with teachers and members of the senior leadership team.  As a result, we have devised a fun, dinosaur themed speed stacking game in which children are challenged to sort different dinosaurs by size.

A Fun and Simple Dinosaur Themed Speed Stacking Game

A great way to help reinforce learning and assist with information retention.

A great way to help reinforce learning and assist with information retention.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

You Will Need (Resources Required)

  • Plastic cups or beakers
  • Speed stacking labels (Everything Dinosaur provides various sets of labels on the download section of this website – dinosaurs for schools)
  • Adhesive tape to secure the labels to the bottom of the beakers/cups
  • A timer such as a stop watch or Ipad/Smart phone etc.

Our team members have created a series of speed stacking challenges.  For example, to help in teaching about food webs we have a five stage, food chain based on meat-eating dinosaurs.  This is a great way to help build up hand to eye co-ordination and motor skills as well as helping children to remember how food chains are constructed.  Also, Everything Dinosaur team members have created labels for a dinosaur sizing, speed stacking game, as mentioned earlier.  Will the children be able to sort the dinosaurs by size?

Speed Stacking Game Labels Devised By Everything Dinosaur

The sheet of labels also includes information on the correct order to stack.

The sheet of labels also includes information on the correct order to stack.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The speed stacking labels, further instructions and additional, free to download teaching resources from Everything Dinosaur can be found here: Download Free Teaching Resources

For teaching resources aimed at different year groups and key stages, simply visit the specific download pages accessible from the main downloads menu.

Once labels have been stuck onto the beakers you are ready to start the speed stacking game.  Record the times taken for the children to stack the beakers in the correct order, as extension activities you could get the children to tabulate or plot their results.  Can they devise their own dinosaur themed speed stacking games?

For dinosaur themed teaching resources including models, sets of plastic dinosaurs which are great for counting and sorting games, as well as real fossils and fossil replicas ideal for craft activities visit: Everything Dinosaur

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