This storytime is similar to one I posted earlier this year. The Dig Into Reading theme and my STEAM-y storytime summer schedule both called for more dinos, so I reused the storytime plan with some additions.
Dinosaur Roar! written by Paul Stickland and illustrated by Henrietta Stickland (Dutton Children’s Books, 1994)
Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner (Chronicle Books, 2001)
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems (Balzer & Bray, 2012)
In between books, we talked about dinosaur skeletons, paleontologists, what dinosaurs ate, how we know about dinosaurs, their size, and their habitat. I brought out a couple of dinosaur skeleton figures from this year’s cool summer program prizes as we talked. (I created digital images of dinosaur skeletons using these same figures and turned them into flashcards for the dinosaur dig activity station so kids could identify the dinosaurs they dug up by matching it with the card that had the same image and the dinosaur’s name.)
At the last minute, my Nancy Pearl action figure came to the rescue! Along with my T-rex puppet, I used her to compare the sizes of people and some dinosaurs. T-rex broke one of her arms off at one point during a fierce storytime battle, but a brave preschooler attached her limbs back on and she is back at work championing all things library. Phew!
We also sang a couple of songs!
Feltboard: Dinosaur Song
(I change the color order based on how I place the dinosaurs on the board. We talk about the different dinosaur names and match the sets of three before we sing.)
1 red, 1 blue, 1 orange dinosaur,
1 green, 1 yellow, 1 white dinosaur,
1 pink, brown, 1 purple dinosaur,
9 little dinosaurs roar!
Action Song: Dino-Pokey
(Tune: “The Hokey Pokey”)
You put your claws in,
You take your claws out,
You put your claws in,
And you scratch ’em all about.
You do the dino pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!
Dinosaur Activity Stations:
We made dinosaur fossils out of salt dough. I quickly made the recipe before work at home and brought in the large bowl of dough to storytime. I gave each little one a ball of dough to flatten and use to make impressions of toy dinosaur feet and anything else they could find that would make an interesting pattern. Many kids played at this station for quite awhile. Each child then took their shaped fossil home in a small baggie with easy baking instructions.
I filled four dish tubs with local beach sand and then the teen storytime volunteer and I buried dinosaurs in each tub. Kids used brushes and spoons to gently move the sand and small rocks around to uncover the dinosaurs. The flashcards I created (mentioned above) were used to match the figures with a labeled card so the explorers could learn the name of the dinosaur they discovered in the sand. The distinct shapes of each skeleton made for great conversation during the matching.
Dinosaur Noodle Skeleton
The younger kids in particular liked this activity. I provided a T-Rex skeleton template (from Busy Bee Kids Crafts) which kids glued onto a piece of black cardstock. The kids and parents then glued noodles (penne) along the lines of the template to create a skeleton. The little ones worked diligently to get all of the noodles lined up. I provided both small and regular size penne.
Photo credit: Busy Bee Kid Crafts