Program for Preschoolers

Dinosaur Discovery / Descubrimiento de dinosaurio

By Paula Gonzales

Books to Share

¿Cómo comen los dinosaurios? by Jane Yolen

¿Cómo se curan los dinosaurios? by Jane Yolen

Dino Pets by Lynn Plourde

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen

How do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen

Snore, Dinosaur, Snore! by John Bendall-Brunello

Books to Show or Booktalk

¿Bebió un dinosaurio en esta agua?/ Did a Dinosaur Drink this Water? by Robert E. Wells

Catch Me If You Can! / !A que no me alcanzas! by Bernand Most

Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner

Inside-Outside Dinosaurs by Roxie Munro

Nametag

Dinosaurs

Use a die cut machine or the pattern provided in this program to create dinosaur nametags for the children.

Decorations

Cover a table with a green plastic table cloth. Display dinosaur toys, plush dinosaurs, and puppets and display dinosaur books. Be sure that any accessible toys are large enough not to create a safety issue for young children.

Costumes and Props

Greet the children with a dinosaur hand puppet as they arrive at storytime, having the puppet say "hola" and "hello" to them. Allow the children to pet the puppet if they ask to. Keep your puppet at a good distance to accommodate those who are not comfortable with puppets.

Fingerplays

Diez Deditos

(Tradicional. Use a glove puppet with small dinosaurs to count and sing this fingerplay.)

Dos manitas, diez deditos. (Close and open hands)

Dos manitas, diez deditos. (Close and open hands)

Dos manitas, diez deditos. (Close and open hands)

Cuéntalos conmigo.

Uno, dos, tres deditos. (Extend to count first three fingers)

Cuatro, cinco, seis deditos. (Extend to count four, five and six fingers)

Siete, ocho, nueve deditos. (Extend to count seven, eight and nine fingers)

Y uno más son diez. (Count the last finger to equal ten)

Ten Little Fingers

(Traditional. Use a glove puppet with small dinosaurs to count and sing this fingerplay.)

Two little hands and ten little fingers.

Two little hands and ten little fingers.

Two little hands and ten little fingers.

Count them all with me.

One, two, three little fingers.

Four, five, six, little fingers.

Seven, eight, nine little fingers.

And one more little finger makes ten!

Songs

"I May Be Big and Scary (But I'm Really Pretty Nice)" on The Dino 5 by The Dino 5.

"Los Dinosaurios" on Canto y Cuento Vol. 13 by José-Luis Orozco.

Dance and Movement Songs

Los dinosaurios

(Adapted by Paula Gonzales from the traditional song, "Los elefantes.")

Un dinosaurio se balanceaba

sobre la tela de una araña

Como veía que resistía

fue a llamar a otro dinosaurio.

Dos dinosaurios se balanceaban

sobre la tela de una araña.

Como veían que resistía.

fueron a llamar a otro dinosaurio.

Tres dinosaurios se balanceaban

sobre la tela de una araña

Como veían que resistía

fueron a llamar a otro dinosaurio.

Cuatro dinosaurios se balanceaban

sobre la tela de una araña.

Como veían que resistía

fueron a llamar a otro dinosaurio.

Cinco dinosaurios se balanceaban

sobre la tela de una araña.

Como veían que resistía

fueron a llamar a otro dinosaurio.

Dinosaurs

(Adapted by Paula Gonzales from the traditional song, "Los elefantes.")

One dinosaur carefully walks

onto a big spider web.

Now that he can balance very carefully,

He invites another dinosaur to play.



Two dinosaurs carefully walk

onto a big spider web.

Now that they can balance very carefully,

They invite another dinosaur to play.

Three dinosaurs carefully walk

onto a big spider web.

Now that they can balance very carefully,

They invite another dinosaur to play.

Four dinosaurs carefully walk

onto a big spider web.

Now that they can balance very carefully,

They invite another dinosaur to play.

Five dinosaurs carefully walk

onto a big spider web.

Now that they can balance very carefully,

They invite another dinosaur to play.

Flannel Boards

"Five Dinosaurs" in the Texas Reading Club 2005 manual, Go Wild...Read! by Shelly Lane at http://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/projects/trc/2005/manual/dinosaurs.html.

Crafts

Shape-A-Saurus
Materials
  • Construction paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Marker or crayon
Directions

In advance, visit All Kids Network, http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/animals/dinosaurs/shape-a-saurus.asp, and make copies of dinosaur templates #1 and #2. You may also want to print the instructions so that the parent or assistants can assist the children. Distribute the two activity sheets along with supplies to each child. Trace the shapes on to the construction paper. Use safety scissors to cut out the dinosaur body and other shapes. Glue the pieces in place. Color other features on the dinosaur. This is a craft activity that reinforces the use of coordination skills and shape recognition, so caregivers and children should work together on this activity.

Dinosaur Hat
Materials
  • White card stock paper
  • Poster board
  • Crayons
  • Stapler
  • Glue
Directions

In advance, copy the dinosaur template from Enchanted Learning, http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/dinotemplates/Dinosizes.shtml, onto white card stock. Cut strips of construction paper for the headbands. Distribute the activity sheet and let the children color the dinosaur. Cut out the shape and glue it onto a headband. An adult or parent can measure and staple the headband together for the child to wear.

Games and Activities

Dinosaur Sensory Program

Let the children excavate dinosaur bones! In advance, fill large plastic containers or sensory tables halfway to the top with sand. Bury plastic dinosaur skeletons or dog biscuits in the containers. Allow two to three children at a time to explore and excavate the bones. Let the children brush off excess sand with old toothbrushes or paintbrushes. Alternately, purchase a Dino-Dig Excavation Kit with plastic skeletons, brushes, and sieves from Lakeshore Learning, http://www.lakeshorelearning.com.

DVDs/Films

Digging up Dinosaurs (30 minutes)

Craft Materials

Dinosaur Nametag Pattern

Printer Friendly PDF Version (129 KB) (Full Page)

A full page of patterns of four dinosaur head nametags.

 



Texas Reading Club 2011 Programming Manual / Dig Up a Good Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011