Did everyone go through a crazy for dinosaurs phase or was it just me?
From age 8 until about age 11, I was insane about them. I had a model T-Rex figurine that had a mouth you could actually move.
I mean, how much better can it get than that?
My kids love dinosaurs too, so I thought dinosaurs would make a fun theme for an early literacy activity – these dinosaur word matching puzzles!
These are a fun way to practice reading dinosaur-themed vocabulary words for early learners.
Plus, they’re excellent for stepping up to reading two and three syllable words.
Keep reading to see how to get your set – free!
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Dino Match! Dinosaur Word Matching Puzzles
To use these dinosaur word matching puzzles, you’ll need the following: (This post contains affiliate links. For details, see our Disclosure Policy.)
- Printer (with ink)
- Printer paper or cardstock
- Laminator (optional)
This literacy resource includes 12 word and picture puzzles for students to solve.
Each two-piece puzzle features a dino-themed vocabulary word with a corresponding picture.
Simply cut them apart and let students start matching them up!
If you’re working with very early readers, you might want to start with one-syllable short word puzzles – such as “egg”, “nest”, and “sun”.
As students become more fluent readers, add in some of the larger words for a challenge.
If you use these at literacy centers, laminating them is a good way to make sure they hold up to repeated use by little hands.
These would also make a wonderful addition to a dinosaur unit!
Assign them to students to use at home or work with at science centers or in morning tubs!
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