Dinosaurs: Infant Storytime

For our fifth Infant Storytime of the spring session, we read books about dinosaurs.


Books We Shared

Our first story, Where Did All the Dinos Go? by Jim Benton, invites readers to spot the dinos hiding in cars and in cowboy boots, to see if the dinosaurs really vanished long ago!

Our second book, Little Dinos Don’t Yell by Michael Dahl, teaches a little dino how to keep her ROAR outside and to use her “inside voice” indoors.


Flannel Board Song

Dinosaurs Long Long Ago

(to tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)

(Credit: Jen in the Library)

Pteranodons’ wings went flap, flap, flap. (flap arms like wings)
Flap, flap, flap. Flap, flap, flap
Pteranodons’ wings went flap, flap, flap.
Long, long ago.

Other verses:Tyrannosaurus Rex went grr grr grr… (make T-Rex arms and say grr)
Triceratops’s horns went poke poke poke… (make horns on the top of head with fingers)
Stegosaurus’s tail went spike spike spike… (place palms together and swing hands back and forth)
Raptor’s legs went fast fast fast… (run in place)


Rhymes & Bounces & Songs We Shared without Music

We sing a lot of songs during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics to those songs without music here.

Hurry, Scurry Little Mouse

Hurry, scurry little mouse
Starts down at your toes (tickle toes)
Hurry, scurry little mouse
Past your knees it goes (tickle knees)
Hurry, scurry little mouse
Past where your tummy is (tickle tummy)
Hurry, scurry little mouse
Gives you a mousy kiss (kiss baby)

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker Bounce

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker (bounce baby gently on knees)
Icky Bicky Boo
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker
Up Goes You! (lift baby into air)

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker (bounce baby gently on knees)
Icky Bicky Boo
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker
I love you! (bring baby in for a cuddle)

Little Jingle Mouse
I heard a little jingle, (jingle bells softly)
Right inside my house.
It sounded like the jingle
Of a little jingle mouse.
He jingled to the ceiling,
he jingled to the floor,
He jingled till he fell asleep,
And he began to snore…
I head a great big jingle, (jingle bells loudly)
Right outside my door,
It sounded like the jingle
of a jingle dinosaur!
He jingled to the ceiling,
he jingled to the floor,
He jingled till he fell asleep,
And he began to snore…

(Credit: Library Village)

Giddy Up Dinosaur
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up dinosaur. (bounce child on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, go, go, go.
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up dinosaur.
Giddy-up, giddy-up, Whoa! (let child slip through knees)

(Credit: adapted from a bounce found at Pierce County Library)

This next one we used puppets to enact:

The Dino Ditty
(tune: “Doo Wah Ditty” by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich)
(T. rex puppet)
Here he comes just a stomping with his feet.
Singing dino, ditty, ditty – dum, ditty do
Searching around for something to eat.
Singing Dino, ditty, ditty, dum, ditty-do
He’s huge. (echo)
He’s strong. (echo)
He’s huge, he’s strong.
Won’t be hungry very long!

(pterodactyl puppet)
Here he comes just a flying down the street singing…
Flapping his wings as he looks for stuff to eat singing…

(stegosaurus puppet)
Here he comes just a swinging his tail singing…
Eating lots of plants, like spinach and kale, singing…

(Credit: Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives)

Storytime’s Over
Hands up high! (Put your hands in air)
Now give a big sigh (sigh and bring hands down)
Our storytime’s over
So wave bye-bye (wave)


Music from CDs We Shared

I love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs and cds used in storytime.


“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

Clap everybody and say hello, (clap hands)
Clap everybody and say hello,
Clap everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Stamp everybody and say hello, (stomp feet)
Stamp everybody and say hello,
Stamp everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Wiggle everybody and say hello, (wiggle baby)
Wiggle everybody and say hello,
Wiggle everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Jump everybody and say hello, (lift baby up high)
Jump everybody and say hello,
Jump everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.

Sing everybody and say hello, (wave hi)
Sing everybody and say hello,
Sing everybody and say hello,
No matter what the weather.


“Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

This is the way the ladies ride (bounce baby to rhythm)
Trit trot, trit trot
This is the way the ladies ride early in the morning!
This is the way the gentleman ride, gallop and trot, gallop and trot
This is the way the gentleman ride, early in the morning!
This is the way the farmers ride, clippity cloppety, clippity cloppety
This is the way the farmers ride early in the morning!
This is the way the cowgirls/boys ride, giddy up, giddy up
This is the way the cowgirls/boys ride early in the morning – YEEHAW!!
(REPEAT once more)


“Skidamarink” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

Skidamarink a dink, a dink, (bounce baby to rhythm)
Skidamarink a doo
I love you
Skidamarink a dink, a dink,
Skidamarink a doo
I love you

I love you in the morning and in the afternoon
I love you in the evening and underneath the moon, Oh,

Skidamarink a dink, a dink,
Skidamarink a doo
I love you



Additional Activities

We played with puppets, jingle bells and other percussion toys!


Continue the Fun

Want more stories about dinos?  Check these out at your Pasadena Public Library branch:

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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