Storytime: D is for Dinosaurs

by | Jan 10, 2024 | Blog, Kid's Corner, Story Time | 0 comments

Is your child a member of the dinosaur fan club? If not, check out some of these fantastic books and doing the activities at home. It’s great to talk about the many characteristic’s of dinosaurs and what clues they left giving evidence of their existence.

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Ages 2-5

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Tip

Being able to coordinate small muscles in hands and fingers enables children to hold things, cut with scissors, tie their shoes, and fasten buttons. “Where is thumbkin?” starts as a simple activity but soon develops into a complicated exercise as more fingers are used. Development of fine motor skills also helps children to write. ~Lambert

Activity

Sing “Where is Thumbkin?” with your child. Just sing the first verse using only your thumb. Then, when your child s old enough, she might enjoy singing all of the verses using the corresponding fingers.

Books Presented

Book cover of Dino Tracks by Rhonda Lucas Donald.

Dino Tracks by Rhonda Lucas Donald

Step back in time and follow dinosaur tracks around the world. Whether made by a few dinosaurs or large groups, these tracks provide clues to the movement and behavior of these lovable ancient creatures. What dinosaurs made the tracks and what do scientists think they were doing when they made them? The author tells the story in rhythmic rhyme that may be sung to the tune of Over the River and Through the Woods.

Book cover of Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap

Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap

Advises the reader on how to interact with a very shy dinosaur.
Book cover of Dino Dancing by Lisa Wheeler

Dino-dancing by Lisa Wheeler

Dinosaurs compete in genres of dance from hip-hop to ballet to swing dancing and more at the Dino-Dancing Finale

Book cover of One-osaurus, Two-osaurus by Kim Norman

One-osaurus, Two-osaurus by Kim Norman

Look there, in a child’s bedroom, where some prehistoric pals are gathered in a counting game. Nine dinosaurs are playing a sing-song rendition of hide-and-seek – but something isn’t adding up. Where is number ten? Stomp, stomp, stomp! CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP! Ready or not, here he comes, and he sounds . . . big! With big, bold numerals, an array of dinosaurs in comical poses, and a humorous twist at the end, this tribute to a child’s imagination makes learning numbers a gigantic treat.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

One Dinosaur Went Out to Play

One dinosaur went out to play
On a giant fern one day
She had such enormous fun
That she called for another dino to come:

Raise hands to cup mouth, and call loudly: Oh, Diiiiiiiiiinosaur!
Slap hands on thighs to make “running” sounds.

Two dinosaurs went out to play…
Three dinosaurs…
Four dinosaurs…

Five dinosaurs went out to play
On a giant fern one day
They had such enormous fun
That they played until the day was done!

Source: Mel’s Desk Baby Storytime

Daisy the Dinosaur

I’m Daisy, the Dinosaur.
From an egg, I hatched.
I can change my color 
When I hear a loud, CLAP!

Crafts and Activities

Letter D is for Dinosaur coloring page

D is for Dinosaur

Picture example of Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils Kids Craft

Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossil

Make some fun dino fossils out of salt dough.

Additional Books

Book cover of Dinosong by Tim McCanna

Dinosong by Tim McCanna

Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text follow three dinosaurs–a triceratops, sauropod, and ankylosaur–as they make their way through a dangerous, rock-strewn environment. Includes facts about rocks and minerals.

Book cover of Chill Chomp Chill! by Chris Ayala-Kronos

Chill Chomp Chill! by Chris Ayala-Kronos

Going through tough and relatable preschool experiences, Chomp the T. rex learns how to use mindfulness as a tool to better understand his emotions, in this picture book that helps children manage their feelings in sticky situations.
Book cover of Dinosaurs Don't Exist by Mark Janssen

Dinosaurs Don't Exist by Mark Janssen

Two brothers set off on a pretend expedition to find dinosaurs. Of course, everyone knows dinosaurs don’t exist, so there’s no need to be scared–or is there?

Book cover of Have You Seen Dinosaur? by David Barrow

Have You Seen Dinosaur? by David Barrow

Best friends boy, dog and elephant are VERY good at hide-and-seek. There’s a missing dinosaur in the city – who better to spot this elusive giant? They search the skate park, the museum, the subway … No one in the city can spot the dinosaur, not even this crack hide-and-seek team. But delighted readers will be pointing ‘There it is!’ from the first page

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