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 Counting
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!
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.
Songs and Rhymes We Shared Without Music
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.
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 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…
Music from CDs We Shared
I love to sing and dance to music. Here’s the song and CD recording that we sang as our opening song for today’s storytime.
“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
Continue the Fun
Want more stories about dinosaurs? Check these out at your Pasadena Public Library branch: