Story Time Starter — Dinosaurs

Story Time Starter

The theme for our 2013 Summer Library Program is “Dig Into Reading” with all sorts of fun and interesting topics like worms and dirt, excavators and diggers, archaeology, rocks and minerals, and, of course, DINOSAURS!  We’ve got so many dinosaur books that you’d be able to read a different story each day for a whole month and not repeat a single one.  Those, in addition to some fabulous activities like rhymes, songs, and crafts, will make for one awesome story time!

First, let’s take a look at some books, both stories (picture books) and non-fiction titles that everyone will love.  From stories about dinosaur bones and dinosaurs stomping around to information about the different kinds of dinosaurs, and what happened to them, you’ll find it all here!

dinosaur collage

Here are some rhymes and fingerplays that will complement these books:

The Five E-Nor-Mous Dinosaurs

Five E-Nor-Mous dinosaurs (arms extend to sides)
Shouting out a roar. (cup hands over mouth like megaphone)
Along came an alligator, (move hand in wavy motion)
Then there were four. (hold up four fingers)

Four E-Nor-Mous dinosaurs (extend arms to sides)
Sitting in a tree.
‘Til the wind blew by. (sweep hands across body)
Then there were three. (hold up three fingers)

Three E-Nor-Mous dinosaurs (extend arms to sides)
Were taken to the zoo. ‘Til one got away,
Then there were two. (hold up two fingers)

Two E-Nor-Mous dinosaurs
Were having such fun.
‘Til a volcano blew up (push both arms above head)
Then there was one. (hold up one finger)

One E-Nor-Mous dinosaur (extend arms to sides)
He must have weighed a ton.
‘Til the lakes dried up. Then there were none

The Dinosaurs

The dinosaurs lived long ago, when life on earth began.
(gesture palm up wave over your shoulder)
Some were tall (gesture high).
Some were small (gesture low).
Some liked water (gesture swimming).
Some liked land (gesture walking by alternating palms on your knees).
Pteranadons had leathery wings (gesture flying).
Brontausaurs, long necks (gesture to neck).
But the meanest dinosaur of all (gesture mean face).
Was Tyranosaurus Rex (gesture heavy stomping by alternating
palms on your knees).

Tyrannosaurus Rex

(Sung to: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

Dinosaurs walked on this earth,
On this earth, on this earth,
Dinosaurs walked on this earth,
A long, long time ago.

Tyrannosaurus Rex was king,
Was the king, was the king,
Tyrannosaurus Rex was king
A long, long time ago.

Tyrannosaurus (child’s name) was king,
Was the king, was the king,
Tyrannosaurus (child’s name) was king,
A long, long time ago.

The Dinosaurs in the Swamp

(Sung to: “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The Pteranodon’s wings went FLAP, FLAP, FLAP,
FLAP, FLAP, FLAP; FLAP, FLAP, FLAP,
The Pteranodon’s wings went FLAP, FLAP, FLAP
All around the swamp.

The Tyrannosaurus Rex went GRRR, GRRR, GRRR,
GRRR, GRRR, GRRR; GRRR, GRRR, GRRR,
The Tyrannosaurus Rex went GRR, GRR, GRR,
All around the swamp.

The Triceratops horns went POKE, POKE, POKE
POKE, POKE, POKE; POKE, POKE, POKE,
The Triceratops horns went POKE, POKE ,POKE,
All around the swamp.

The Brontosaurus went MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH,
MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH; MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH
The Brontosaurus went MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH,
All around the swamp.

The Stegosaurus tail went SPIKE, SPIKE, SPIKE,
SPIKE, SPIKE, SPIKE; SPIKE, SPIKE, SPIKE,
The Stegosaurus tail went SPIKE, SPIKE, SPIKE,
All around the swamp.

Now, how about some music to get those toes tapping?  Here are some of our favorite dinosaur tunes:

Last, we’ve got some great ideas for crafts:

We hope you have a great story time with this dino-rific theme!  And be sure to “Dig into Reading” with us at the library this summer.  Week 1 is almost over, but don’t worry, because we’ve got 7 more to go!  Check out the PDF schedule for activities and events at each library location.

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