Dinosaurs: Preschool Storytime

Books We Shared

In How Tall Was a T. Rex? by Alison Limentani we learn all kinds of facts about dinosaurs in a very visual way, with analogies that kids can grasp easily.

How to Be a T. Rex by Ryan North and Mike Lowery is about a girl who feels too invisible, and decides to become a T. Rex–and it’s AWESOME. But she finds out there is an even better way, being a “hybrid human/T. Rex” that can roar when she needs to and respect others’ feelings too.

In Shorty & Clem by Michael Slack, Shorty finds a box addressed to Clem and knows she shouldn’t open it… But she’s just so excited imagining all the different things it could be! Jumping on it isn’t going to hurt, is it?

Flannel Board

Four Huge Dinosaurs

Four huge dinosaurs, fierce and mean
The first one said: “I eat things that are green” (stegosaurus)
The second one said: “I hatched from an egg” (brachiosaurus)
The third one said: “I have really strong legs” (raptor)
The fourth one said: “I can fly through the air” (pteranodon)
And then all the dinosaurs got a big scare
As Tyrannosaurus Rex came out of his lair!

(adapted from: http://inthechildrensroom.blogspot.com/2012/07/flannel-friday-5-huge-dinosaurs.html)

Songs and Rhymes We Shared Without Music

Dino Pokey

Tune: Hokey Pokey

Put your claws in. Put your claws out.
Put your claws in and scratch them all about.
Do the dino-pokey and turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about!

Put your teeth in… chomp them all about.
Put your feet in…stomp them all about.
Put your tail in…wag it all about.

(Credit: http://core.kdla.ky.gov/kdla_core/sites/default/files/Resources%20for%20a%20Dinosaur%20Storytime.pdf)

The Dino Ditty

Tune: Doo-Wah Ditty

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!

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

Here he comes just a swinging his tail singing…
Eating the plants, like spinach and kale, singing…

(Credit: http://core.kdla.ky.gov/kdla_core/sites/default/files/Resources%20for%20a%20Dinosaur%20Storytime.pdf)

Music from CDs We Shared

“We Are the Dinosaurs” was from The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

“Clap Your Hands” and “I Was a Bird” were from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

Video We Shared

We watched Sesame Street: Dinosaurs today, an episode about Elmo, Abby and Telly being turned into dinosaurs by the Dinosaur Fairy. It got a lot of laughs! I started showing it right after the song they sing called “Doing the Dinosaur,” up until the point they get sleepy and rest on some rocks.

Continue the Fun

Want more stories about dinosaurs? 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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