Story Time: Dino Digs

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“D” is for dinosaur, and November is for Dinovember! Celebrate Dinovember with these great books and activities.

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Everybody knows at least one preschooler who can rattle off the names of dozens of dinosaurs. There’s a reason for that! Preschoolers’ brains are wired to learn as much vocabulary as possible. So don’t underestimate them: give them all the words you can! Use the most specific terms possible and they will soak them up like a sponge.

- http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/baby-storytime-dinosaurs/

Activity

Read a non-fiction book about dinosaurs with your child, then open up a picture book with dinosaurs and help your child name each kind of dinosaur that appears.

Books Presented

The Berenstain Bears' Dinosaur Dig by Jan and Mike Berenstain

When Brother and Sister visit the Bearsonian Museum, they luck out. A real dinosaur dig is taking place! What sort of fossils will they find?

What Kind of Car Does a T. Rex Drive? by Mark Lee

Uncle Otto is a used car salesman, who, with the help of his niece and nephew, finds the perfect vehicles for his dinosaur customers.

Am I Yours? by Alex Latimer

Some friendly dinosaurs must help a lost egg after it’s blown out of its nest. But if they are to reunite the little egg with its true parents, they must first discover what kind of dinosaur lies inside.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Dino Ditty

(Tune: “Doo Wah Ditty” by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich)

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 lots of plants, like spinach and kale, singing…

– Pasadena-library.net

All Around the Swamp

(Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)

Pteranodon’s wings went flap, flap, flap
Flap, flap, flap,
Flap, flap, flap,
Pteranodon’s wings went flap, flap, flap
All around the swamp.

Triceratop’s horns went poke, poke, poke…
Apatosaurus’ mouth went munch, munch, munch…

– Melissa.depperfamily.net 

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Dinosaur Headband

Make this cool dinosaur craft!

Additional Books

Barnum's Bones by Tracey Fern

Documents the work of an early twentieth-century paleontologist, named after the famous circus icon by his ambitious parents, who grew up to work for the American Museum of Natural History and discovered the first documented skeletons of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and other noteworthy species.

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