DINOSAURS! ~ Toddler Storytime

Our theme for the SIXTH storytime of the spring session was Dinosaurs!  We read all about the different dinosaurs that existed millions of years ago and we read about a dinosaur who spent all of his time winning UNTIL he is confronted with BEDTIME! 

What follows are the books, action rhymes, flannel boards, stories, songs and video we shared.  


Meet Teddy the T-Rex!  He joined us for storytime!


 

BOOKS WE SHARED

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea is all about a Dinosaur who winS a lot!  He seems to roar his way through just about anyone or anything he encounters UNTIL he meets up with BEDTIME!  A really funny book about a baby dinosaur who roars through life.

Byron Barton’s colorful book, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs is great for toddlers.  Not only does it tell you about the different dinosaurs that existed millions of years ago, it offers opportunities to talk about colors and shapes.  Definitely a great introduction into these prehistoric creatures.


FLANNEL BOARDS WE SHARED

Dinosaur, Dinosaur!

We had to find our baby dinosaur so we looked behind each door.  We finally found her behind the “BLUE” door but not before we met up with a lot of other creatures!

Our rhyme:

Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the RED door?  Let me hear you ROAR!  Oink, Oink…NO!  It’s a pig!

Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the PURPLE  door?  Let me hear you ROAR!  Ribbet, ribbet…NO!  It’s a frog!

Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the ORANGE door?  Let me hear you ROAR!  ROAR!!!  Well that’s a ROAR but it’s not a dinosaur!  It’s a tiger!

Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the GREY door?  Let me hear you ROAR!  Cheep, cheep…NO!  It’s a bird!

Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the BLUE door?  Let me hear you ROAR!  ROAR!!!  YES!  It’s our dinosaur!

  


Five Enormous Dinosaurs!

    

Five enormous dinosaurs shouting out a roar
One ran away; then there were four!

Four enormous dinosaurs, as happy as could be
‘Til the wind blew by; then there were three!

Three enormous dinosaurs were taken to the zoo
‘Til one got away; then there were two!

Two enormous dinosaurs were having such fun
‘Til a Volcano blew up!  Then there was one!

One enormous dinosaur, he must have weighed a ton
‘Til the lakes dried up; then there were NONE!


Action Songs & Fingerplays We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment here.

Welcome, Welcome Everyone
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle)

Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!
First we clap our hands just so,
Then we bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun

Open Shut Them – Video:  Open Shut Them

Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close hands)
Give a little clap, clap, clap.  (clap three times)
Open shut them, open shut them (open and close hands)
Put them in your lap, lap, lap. (place hands in lap and bounce them 3X)

Creep them, crawl them, creep them crawl them, (crawl fingers up arms)
Right up to your chinny  chin chin. (place fingers on chin)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth and say ahhhhhh)
But do not put them in!! (put hands behind your back)

This is Big, Big Big – Video:  This is Big

This is big big big
Hold arms out to side

This is small small small
Cup hands together

This is short short short
Hold hands with palms facing each other

This is tall tall tall
Reach one hand above head

This is fast fast fast
Circle fists quickly

This is slow slow slow
Circle fists slowly

This is yes yes yes
Nod

This is no no no
Shake head

Credit:  Mel’s Desk

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Video:  Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Goodbye Friends (in sign) – Video:  Goodbye Friends

Goodbye babies, goodbye babies
Goodbye babies, it’s time to say goodbye.


Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the action songs & rhymes on CD that we used in storytime.  Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“ABC”  from Go Baby Go! Baby Loves Jazz by Baby Loves Jazz Band

Two Little Blackbirds” from  Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

“We’re Going to the Market” from I Love to Hear the Sounds by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“We are the Dinosaurs” from We Are the Dinosaurs by The Laurie Berkner Band


We used our shaker eggs for “We are the Dinosaurs” and “We’re Going to the Market”.  Check out the videos below to have fun with these songs at home!

 


 

We used our shaker eggs and bells for this song!  “We’re Going to the Market”


Video We Shared

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? 

The video is based on the picture book of the same name by Jane Yolen.

   


Continue the Fun

If you’d like to read more books about dinosaurs at home, check these out at your local Pasadena Public Library!


 

 

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