Storytime: Dinosaurs

Tonight’s family story time had a lot of younger children (under the age of 4) so I cut out the longer book and added in a few more fingerplays, rhymes and action songs. I have two big fears when it comes to doing a dinosaur story time: 1) I can’t pronounce the name properly 2) the kids don’t roar at appropriate times. To nullify my fears I 1) picked all dinosaur related books that did not actually use dinosaur names 2) had a dinosaur puppet that I raised every time I wanted the kids to roar. Over all this was a fun story time, I had a smaller and younger group than usual but they loved roaring and participating in the songs.

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My story time helper for the evening!

Dinosaur VS. The Library by Bob Shea

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
















Five Little Dinosaurs (Tune: Five Little Monkeys)


Five little dinosaurs jumping on the bed

One fell off and bumped his head

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said

“No more dinosaurs jumping on the bed!”

(count down)

Dinosaurs Lived

Dinosaurs lived long ago

Some walked (stomp feet)

Some swam (swimming motion)

Some flew, you know (flap arms)

Some were big (hold hand high)

Some were small (hold hands low)

Some were gigantic (stretch arms out wide)

And very tall (reach up on tip toes)

If You’re a Big Dinosaur (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you’re a big dinosaur, stomp your feet

If you’re a big dinosaur, stomp your feet

If you’re a big dinosaur, then give a great big roar

If you’re a big dinosaur, stomp your feet

…wag your tail

…show your claws

Dinosaur, Dinosaur

Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around

Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch the ground

Dinosaur, dinosaur, reach up high

Dinosaur, dinosaur, wink one eye

Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your nose

Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your toes

Dinosaur, dinosaur, slap your knees

Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit down please


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