Story Time – Dino Dance

by | Nov 17, 2020 | Blog, Kid's Corner, Story Time | 0 comments

“D” is for dinosaur, and November is for Dinovember! Celebrate Dinovember with these great books and activities.

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Everybody knows at least one preschooler who can rattle off the names of dozens of dinosaurs. There’s a reason for that! Preschoolers’ brains are wired to learn as much vocabulary as possible. So don’t underestimate them: give them all the words you can! Use the most specific terms possible and they will soak them up like a sponge.

- http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/baby-storytime-dinosaurs/

Activity

Read a non-fiction book about dinosaurs with your child, then open up a picture book with dinosaurs and help your child name each kind of dinosaur that appears.

Books Presented

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields

  When it’s rock ‘n’ roll time during the prehistoric era, many different kinds of dinosaurs gather to twist, twirl, and tromp at a Saturday night party.

Dino-Dancing by Lisa Wheeler

The Paleo Theater is packed with cheering fans ready for a dance showdown.

Flapdoodle Dinosaurs by David A. Carter

A colorful pop-up dinosaur lurks behind each large lift-the-flap. Open them if you dare and meet six delightful dinosaurs!

Dino Tracks by Rhonda Lucas Donald

Step back in time and follow dinosaur tracks around the world. Whether made by a few dinosaurs or large groups, these tracks provide clues to the movement and behavior of these lovable ancient creatures.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Funny Dinosaurs

Five dancing dinosaurs clogging on the floor.
One clogged away, and then there were four.
Four dancing dinosaurs spinning ‘round a tree.
One spinned away, and then there were three.
Three dancing dinosaurs kicked a doodle-doo.
One kicked away, and then there were two.
Two dancing dinosaurs having lots of fun.
One went away, and then there was one.
One lonely dinosaur afraid to dance a solo.
He ran away… and then there were zero.

– Adapted from Storytimekatie.com

Rhyme: Dance Like a Diplodocus

Dance like diplodocus
Swaying through the trees

Fly like pterodactyl
Soaring in the breeze

Sprint like gallimimus
Striding through the land

Hunt like velociraptor
Circling in a band

Scoff like a stegosaurus
Munching juicy shoots

Chomp like an apatosaurus
Crunching stones and shoots

Roar like a t-rex
Pouncing on its prey

Run like triceratops
Saying “Don’t eat me today !”

– Carrypaterson.wordpress.com

We Are the Dinosaurs

We are the dinosaurs, marching, marching
We are the dinosaurs
Whaddaya think of that?
We are the dinosaurs, marching, marching
We are the dinosaurs, we make the earth flat
We make the earth flat

We stop and eat our food, when we’re in the mood
We stop and eat our food on the ground
We stop and eat our food, when we’re in the mood
We stop and eat our food and then we march around

‘Cause we are the dinosaurs, marching, marching…

We stop and take a rest, over in our nest
We stop and take a rest at the end of the day
We stop and take a rest, over in our nest
We stop and take a rest and then you’ll hear us say

That we are the dinosaurs, marching, marching
We are the dinosaurs
Whaddaya think of that?
We are the dinosaurs, marching, marching
We are the dinosaurs, we make the earth flat
We make the earth flat

And then we roar!
‘Cause we are the dinosaurs!
(Roar!)

– The Laurie Berkner Band

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Dinosaur Headband

Make this cool dinosaur craft!

Additional Books

How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge

Dinosaurs and modern life collide in a very young picture book that clearly illustrates how big dinosaurs really were.

Don't Forget Dexter by Lindsay Ward

When his best friend, Jack, leaves him behind at the doctor’s office, Dexter T. Rexter panics. First he tries to find Jack. Then he sings their special song. Then he sings their special song even louder.

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