Dinosaur Egg Ramp Roll
What is this activity?
What skills are being enhanced? What knowledge is gained?
What do you need to prepare for this activity?
Step by step guide
What questions can you ask to promote ECSEL thinking and discussions?
How can you extend children’s thinking?
Roll the dinosaur eggs down the ramp to get them safely back into their nest!
ECSEL Standards & Learning Goals
What skills are being enhanced & what knowledge is being gained through this activity?
Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making
- Different colored plastic eggs
- A wooden or foam ramp
- 2 large baskets
- To prepare for this activity:
- Clear a space on the floor to set up the ramp and make sure it is secure.
- Set up one basket at the end of the ramp, and fill the other basket with the plastic eggs and place it near the top of the ramp (on the floor is fine).
- Invite children over to the activity area and guide them to first explore the materials on their own, either sitting on the floor, sitting with a teacher, or standing by the ramp with teacher support.
- Model picking up a dinosaur egg and rolling it down the ramp into the basket, then prompt children to try and do the same.
- Verbalize your observations about their actions and emotions that you notice arising, calling attention to the different sensory experiences. For example:
- “I see you picked up the green dinosaur egg! Your friend is holding a purple egg — these are two different colors.”
- “ I can see you smiling and laughing! It’s so exciting when the egg rolls all the way down the ramp.”
- “The egg made a funny, bumpy noise as it rolled down the ramp!”
- As children play and explore, encourage taking turns with the ramp and sharing the materials. Ask questions to prompt further exploration and critical thinking, and validate any problem-solving efforts you observe happening throughout the activity, such as attempting to open the eggs or rolling the eggs down the ramp in different ways.
ECSEL Prompts are helpful questions & guiding statements you can use to provoke children’s thinking about emotions. These prompts are related to this specific activity.
Use these questions & ideas to extend children’s learning!
Extend this activity to include more teamwork and sharing by supporting children in partnering up! Have one child roll the egg down the ramp, and the other child try to catch the egg at the end of the ramp (either with their hands, in the basket, or by sitting at the end of the ramp and letting the egg roll over to them).
Add an additional movement element for older infants by expanding the ramp set up to include other age-appropriate foam blocks. Guide children to walk or crawl up the blocks to the ramp and roll the egg down into the basket.
Include a mathematical element with counting! After each child rolls their egg into the basket, count the total out loud as you hand each of them an egg back:
- “All of the dinosaur eggs are safely in the basket! Let’s see how many we have. We can count as I hand them back to you! Ready? 1…2…3…”
Infant – Dinosaur Egg Ramp Roll