Today was all about learning about Earth HUGE creatures——a LONG, LONG, LONG time ago. Toddler Storytime is my favorite because you never really know what type of group you will get. I had about twenty toddlers who had a great time ROAR——ING!
Opening Hello Song
I introduced the letter “D” on the magnetic board and asked the toddlers what was the phonetic sound. I asked for words——and then I spelled D-I-N-O.
5 enormous dinosaurs letting out a roar, one went away and then there were 4
4 enormous dinosaurs crashing down a tree, one went away then there were 3
3 enormous dinosaurs eating tiger stew, one went away and then there were 2
2 enormous dinosaurs trying to run, one ran away and then there was 1
1 enormous dinosaur afraid to be a hero, Ran away fast and then there was 0
1st Book: Shape by Shape by Sue MacDonald
(Sing “I’m a Little Teapot.” Then…)
I’m a mean old Dinosaur, Big and Tall (let’s see your mean face!)
Here is my tail and here is my claw. When I get all hungry my tummy gets sore.
Listen to me I’m going to Roar!
2nd Book: Dinosoaring by Deb Lund
(Sing first verse of “The Wheels on the Bus.” Then…)
The Pterodactlys wings went Flap, Flap, Flap. All around the swamp.
The Triceratops horns went Poke, Poke, Poke. All around the swamp.
The Brontosaurus went Munch, Munch, Munch. All around the swamp.
The Dinosaurs lived long ago, when life on Earth began.
Some were tall (gesture high), Some were small (gesture low).
Some liked water (gesture swimming), Some liked land (gesture hand/knee walking).
Pterodactyls had leathery wings (gesture flying). The Brontosaurus had a long neck.
But the nosiest, loudest dinosaur of them all was the Tyrannosaurus Rex (heavy roaring)!
We also did a Dino-Dance because toddlers are antsy. I did not do all of these rhymes——or I would modify them based on their attention spans. :]
3rd Book: Dino Bitesby Algy Craig Hall
This book had the parents giggling and laughing——and the kids were REALLY focused on the images and sparse words! It was A LOT of fun——and the parents really liked the ending!
1 little, 2 little, 3 little dinosaurs…10 little dinosaurs swish their tails, chomp their jaws,
and let out a giant roar!!!
Good-Bye Song: If you’re happy and you know it!
Craft: Dino-Puppet. The kids colored a dinosaur outline, decorated, added googly eyes, cut it out, and glued it to a Popsicle stick. I think if I do this storytime again——I will have them create a dinosaur using the letter “D” as its body.
Reviews: Half of the toddlers had went to a recently new museum exhibit on dinosaurs, so the parents were ecstatic that the storytime was dino-themed. The kids attention span was fantastic and if they were antsy——we did motions or I switched to a song to expel some of their energy!