Preschool Programs Chapter

By Heather Coleson

Roar! A Trip to Dinosaur Valley

Books to Share

Dad’s Dinosaur Day by Diane Hearn.

Dinosaur Train by John Gurney.

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Bryon Barton.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen.

My Dinosaur by Mark Weatherby.

Ridin’ Dinos with Buck Bronco by George McClements.

Sammy and the Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow.

T is for Terrible by Peter McCarthy.

Whatever Happened to the Dinosaurs? by Bernard Most.

Nametag

Make nametags using the Accucut dinosaur die cut at http://www.accucut.com/Dinosaur_1_br_Stegosaurus-p2382c812-path0.html.

Or, use the dinosaur pattern from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at http://www.preschoolexpress.com/pattern_station02/dino_patterns_jul02.pdf.

Rhymes and Poetry

Recite “Stomp! Stomp! Roar! Roar!” on P. 35 in Storytimes...Plus! by Kay Lincycomb.

Dino Pokey

(Adapted by Heather Coleson. Sing to the tune of “The Hokey Pokey.”)

Put your terrible teeth in,


Take your terrible teeth out,


Put your terrible teeth in,


And knash them all about,


You do the dino pokey and you turn yourself around.


That’s what its all about!

Repeat the verse with:

...long tail and wave it all about...


...spiked back and shake it all about...


...front claws and shake them all about...


...back claws and shake them all about...


...whole body and shake it all about...

Songs

The Dinosaurs Lived Long Ago

(Adapted by Heather Coleson. Sing to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”)

The dinosaurs lived a long time ago, long time ago, long time ago.   (stick up thumb, like hitchhiking and point back over shoulder)
The dinosaurs lived a long time ago, we’re so glad they’re gone!    
     
The tyrannosaurus rex had a terrible roar,   (ROAR!)
Terrible roar,   (ROAR!),
Terrible roar,   (ROAR!)
The Tyrannosaurus Rex had a terrible roar   (ROAR!)
We’re so glad he’s gone.    
     
The brontosaurus went munch on the leaves, munch on the leaves, Munch on the leaves.   (open and close hands)
The brontosaurus went munch on the leaves.   (open and close hands)
We’re so glad he’s gone!    
     
The pteradactyl’s wings went flap, flap, flap, Flap, flap, flap, Flap, flap, flap.   (flap arms like a bird)
The pteradactyls wings went flap, flap, flap,   (flap arms like a bird)
We’re so glad he’s gone!    
     
The stegosaurus’ tail went back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.   (move your bottom back and forth)
The stegosaurus’ tail went back and forth.   (move your bottom back and forth)
We’re so glad he’s gone!    
     
The dinosaurs lived a long time ago, long time ago, long time ago.   (stick up thumb, like hitchhiking and point back over shoulder)
     
The dinosaurs lived a long time ago, we’re so glad they’re gone!    

Flannel Boards

Tell the short story, “The Dinosaur that Couldn’t Roar” on P. 256-257 in The Best of Totline Flannelboards by Kathleen Cubley. Use the flannel patterns included to make your own flannel pieces.

Jokes and Riddles

Tell dinosaur jokes and riddles found in Dino Rib Ticklers by Michael Dahl.

Puppet Shows

Perform the informational “Dinosaur Puppet Show” on Gayle’s Preschool Rainbow at http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/dinosaur.htm.

Stories

Tell “Cretaceous Hill” on P. 114-115 in 52 Programs for Preschoolers by Diane Briggs. This is a draw-and-tell story that ends with a baby dinosaur hatching out of an egg.

Crafts

Make your own triceratops. Instructions and patterns are available from First School at http://www.first-school.ws/activities/crafts/animals/dinosaurs/dinosaur1.htm.

Dinosaur Scene

Dinosaur Scene - Four Dinosaurs

Materials
  • 9 x 12 inch construction paper
  • Glue
  • Dinosaur die cuts
  • Feathers, straws, sand, pipe cleaners, etc.
Directions

Give each child a 9 x 12 inch piece of construction paper and several dinosaur die cuts. Let the child recreate an imaginary dinosaur scene by gluing the dinosaur die cuts to the paper and decorating them with feathers, sand, and anything else you have on hand.

Crafts for Kids Who are Learning about Dinosaurs

Crafts for Kids Who are Learning about Dinosaurs by Kathy Ross includes twenty two dinosaur crafts, from a “Hatching Baby Dinosaur” to a “Pterodactyl Bookmark.”

Games and Activities

Dinosaur Fossil Hunt

Fill up several medium sized buckets with sand. Hide a few dinosaur “fossils” in the sand. Let the children take turns digging in the sand for the fossils.

Be a Dinosaur

Show the children pictures of various types of dinosaurs. Have the children tell you and act out how they think the dinosaurs moved and acted.

Guest Speakers

Invite someone from your local museum to talk about dinosaurs and bring fossils and other visual representations of dinosaurs.

Books to Display or Booktalk

All Aboard the Dino Train by Deb Lund.

Dinosaur, Dinosaur by Kevin Lewis.

Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems.

My Visit to the Dinosaurs by Aliki.

Thesaurus Rex by Laya Steinberg.

Tyrannosaurus Tex by Betty Birney.

Tyson the Terrible by Diane Fox.

Bulletin Board

STOMP on Down to Storytime This Week for a ROARING Good Time! Display a prehistoric dinosaur scene complete with an erupting volcano. Use dinosaur die cuts, or draw your own dinosaurs to decorate the scene. Be sure to include tropical palm trees, and possibly include a clutch of dinosaur eggs.

Display

Here are several suggestions for a display.

Ask a local museum for any dinosaur fossils they might loan for your display case.

Display 3-wooden dinosaur puzzles from Edmunds Scientific at http://scientificsonline.com/product.asp?pn=3085095&mr:trackingCode=9BAFC2C7-7656-DD11-AFF6-000423C27502&mr:referralID=NA&bhcd2=1216677306. Create your own dinosaur fossils by buying 24-hour self-hardening clay. Press leaves, small rubber dinosaurs and anything else you desire into it and make your own “fossil.”

Decorations

Decorate the room with dinosaur die cuts or large pictures of dinosaurs. Go around the room and identify the dinosaurs with the children during the program.

Incentives

Purchase “dinosaur-themed items” from Smilemakers. See http://www.smilemakers.com/Smilemakers/search_results.asp?Gift=false&find%5


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.

Refreshments

Serve dinosaur fruit snacks.

Audio Recordings

“We are the Dinosaurs” on Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner.

“If I Had a Dinosaur” on Raffi: the Singable Songs Collection by Raffi.

Videos/DVD’s/Films

All About Dinosaurs for Children. (23 minutes)

Danny the Dinosaur...And More. (58 minutes)

Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs. (55 minutes)

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. (59 minutes)

Stanley’s Dinosaur Round-Up. (71 minutes)

Web Sites

Dinosaur Valley State Park


http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/dinosaur_valley/


This web site includes information on the park, a downloadable guide, an online video for the children to watch, and a calendar of events for the park.

Sue at the Field Museum


http://www.fieldmuseum.org/sue/


This is an interactive and sophisticated web site dedicated to Sue, the largest dinosaur fossil ever found. It includes an image gallery and a kid’s page.

Professional Resources

52 Programs for Preschoolers: The Librarian’s Year-Round Planner by Diane Briggs.

The Best of Totline Flannelboards by Kathleen Cubley.

Crafts for Kids Who are Learning About Dinosaurs by Kathy Ross.

Storytimes...Plus! by Kay Lincycomb.

Accucut


http://www.accucut.com/


You may purchase die-cut machines, dies, and laminators from this web site.

First School


http://www.first-school.ws/


Crafts, lesson plans, printables, and other activities for preschoolers through kindergartners are available on this web site.

Jean Warren’s Preschool Express


http://www.preschoolexpress.com/


This site includes toddler and preschool storytime activities, songs, crafts, and patterns. The pattern section is useful for making nametags.

Gayle’s Preschool Rainbow


http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/index.htm


This web site has preschool and kindergarten themes and ideas for teachers.

SmileMakers


http://www.smilemakers.com/


Good quality stickers and small incentives are available from this web site.



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