Hosting DinoDay in your school

Thank you for being part of DinoDay – Contact’s annual awareness and fundraising event which takes place each June!

This year we’re asking schools to wear green or their favourite dinosaur outfit to school for a suggested donation of £1 per child.

We’ve also created some fun activities and lesson plans below to help your class learn about disability and make DinoDay a roaring success!

If you don’t have it already, please also download our DinoDay information pack for schools, which explains a bit more about DinoDay and the work we do here at Contact. The pack also includes some resources to help you support children with additional needs and their families.

Activity plan for children aged around 3-5

Download our activity plan for children aged around 3-5.

You’ll also need to download these resources to deliver the lesson:

Our dino-based story about differences and disability to read in class (also available in PowerPoint format here).

DinoDay colouring in sheet activity download.

KS1 and KS2 lesson plan

Download our KS1 and KS2 lesson plan. Note that the activities need to be adapted depending on the age of the children.

Our fun dinosaur mask-making activity is more appropriate for KS1.

For KS2 you may want to avoid the mask making activity and focus solely on the video activity on sensory processing, which involves playing this animation to your class.

Win a £100 sensory box for your school

Any school that raises money can enter our competition to win a box of sensory toys worth £100 from Fledglings.

To enter our roar-some competition, simply send a video of the class roaring to

The winning school will be picked at random from the entries on the 3rd July. The closing date for entries is 30 June.

Tip: If you don’t have time to get permission from parents to share a video, you could get the children to wear their dinosaur masks or hold up their DinoDay colouring in sheet in front of them. Alternatively, you could take an audio recording.

What will the money be used for?

The money you raise through Dino Day will help Contact support more UK families with disabled children who are looking for information, advice and support about any aspect of raising a disabled child – from education, benefits and getting a diagnosis for their child to getting the right practical help and advice about managing caring and work.

By taking part in DinoDay and raising funds this June, you’ll be helping us continue to change the lives of families with disabled children.

Watch the video below to find out more about our work.

How to make your donation

If you’ve hosted a DinoDay non-school uniform day in your school and would like to donate the money to us, please go to our donation page and select DinoDay as the reason for donating.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about hosting DinoDay in your school, contact

We want your feedback

This is the first year we’ve provided DinoDay resources to schools, so we would be very grateful for any feedback you might have on how we can improve them.

Are there any other resources or incentives we could offer to get more schools involved?

Let us know by emailing