Poor dino storytime kept getting bumped for other themes thanks to weather and being out sick but I finally did it! I was really excited to do dinosaurs because they’re fun! I mean, Who doesn’t like dinosaurs?! I had originally planned on doing a dinosaur paper bag puppet as our craft, but a co-worker had just finished another program where they used sandpaper to do cave wall paintings and they had some extra so I changed my storytime a bit to be dinosaurs and cavemen so that we could do cave paintings as a craft.

the books I read were “Dinosaur Zoom!” by Penny Dale , “The Somethingosaur” by Tony Milton, and “This Orq. (he cave boy)” by David Elliot and the BIG BOOK version of “Dinosaur, Dinosaur by Byron Barton.

I really liked “The Somethingosaur” I thought it was a really cute book and liked the rhythm it had to it. “Dinosaur Zoom!” has a lot of great noise and action words to it, but I found the actual text to be rather basic and not terribly entertaining, but the kids seemed to like it. As for “This Orq” I found it to be quite cute and funny when I read it the first time, but I don’t think the kids connected with it was much as I thought they would. I thought they’d find the fact that it’s written to be read as if a caveman were speaking with that classic broken language you find in caveman cartoons and such. “This Orq, he live in cave, he carry club, he cave boy.” “This Woma, Woma wolly mammoth. Orq love Woma.” but this didn’t elicit as many giggles as I’d hoped. Oh well.

Aside from the books, we did an interactive flannel

Five Enormous Dinosaurs

Five enormous dinosaurs, letting out a roar
One danced away and then there were four

dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance ROAR!

Four enormous dinosaurs crashing down a tree
One skipped away and then there were three

Skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skip ROAR!

Three enormous dinosaurs eating yummy stew
One twirled away and then there were two

Twirl, twirl, twirl, twirl, twirl, twirl ROAR!

Two enormous dinosaurs resting in the sun
One shook away and then there was one

Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake ROAR!

One enormous dinosaur left all alone
It wiggled away and then there were none

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle ROAR!

After each dinosaur whatevered away we all acted it out and then roared before starting the next stanza. I loved this rhyme and might incorporate it into more storytimes instead of just the normal “5 little _____” rhymes. I think the interaction makes it much more entertaining.

I’ve also sometimes taught and used American Sign Language words that fit our theme. I love the cheerful images and resources from this website: Baby Sign Language. They’re bright and simple and easy to understand and I’ve even had parents request it or ask if I’ll be doing more when I don’t use them. I think they are quite fun and often try to pick words that not only go with the theme but that might also look a little funny or are fun motions to make because the kids always enjoy that.

Here are the two words I used for my Dinosaur theme:

big ASL dinosaur ASL

Can you guess what they mean?

I ask my storytime kids that and they always have entertaining guesses and this week for the first movement I got an excellent answer that had me giggling.  Most kids answered with rainbow for the movement we made but one kid yelled out “IMAGINATION!”


Anyhow, the first word is “Big” big ASL


The second word means “Dinosaur” dinosaur ASL


We learned about Big Dinosaurs during our storytime.



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