Bones! Bones! Bones!

By Patricia Peters

Books to Share

Big Old Bones: A Dinosaur Tale by Carol Carrick

Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki

Fossils Tell of Long Ago by Aliki

If You Are a Hunter of Fossils by Byrd Baylor

Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt

Books to Show or Booktalk

A Dinosaur Named Sue: The Story of the Colossal Fossil: The World's Most Complete T-Rex by Patricia Relf and Field Museum of Natural History

The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs: A True Story by Shirley-Raye Redmond

Outside and Inside Dinosaurs by Sandra Markle

Rock Stars: Fossils by Chris Pellant

T. Rex by Patricia Relf

Bulletin Board

Fossil Dig

Design a dinosaur skeleton. Label the bones with book titles, authors, genres, etc. Either cover the bulletin board with brown paper or keep the beach scene and place the dinosaur skeleton so that it is sticking out of the "sand."



Make Bone nametags using the pattern provided at the end of this chapter.

Dance and Movement Songs

We Dig for Bones

(By Patricia Peters. Sing to the tune of "The Dwarves' Working Song" from Disney's Snow White.)

We dig, dig, dig for bones, bones, bones

In the mud and dirt and sand.

To dig, dig, dig for bones, bones, bones

We think is truly grand.

To dig all day is what we love

To find a fossil bone.

Pterosaur. Woolly mammoth. Now for more…

We dig, dig, dig for bones, bones, bones

In the mud and dirt and sand.

To dig, dig, dig for bones, bones, bones

We think is truly grand.

Audio Recordings

"Dem Bones" on Dem Bones by Bob Barner

Flannel Boards

Print a brachiosaurus, tyrannosaurus rex, and triceratops skeleton using the patterns from Enchanted Learning,, onto heavy beige paper and cut them out. Outline the bones with clear or white glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint (available at craft stores). Attach felt to the back of each skeleton. Leave the pieces in a sunny or well-lit spot for several hours before storytime, as instructed on the paint packaging. Dim the lights in the storytime room and place the bones one at a time on the flannel board. Ask children to identify the type of dinosaur skeleton.


A photo of fossil impressions that have been made by pressing plastic dinosaurs into a modeling dough. The dough is inside of a round lid and the plastic dinosaurs that were used to make the impressions are on the side.
Fossil Impressions
  • Plastic or metal lids with lips (such as from relish jars) Modeling dough
  • Small plastic dinosaurs or prehistoric animals

In advance, prepare a modeling dough recipe such as the one for "Perfect Play Dough" from The Holiday Zone, Leave the dough in a natural color. Distribute plastic or metal lids, a lump of modeling dough, and small plastic dinosaurs. Fill the lids with dough and press a plastic dinosaur onto it to create a fossil. Let the dough dry.

Games and Activities

Fossil Dig

Set up a table with a large plastic tub filled with sand. Hide small dinosaur toys in the sand. Allow time for the children to play with the sand and discover the buried dinosaurs. Be sure to protect the floor with paper or a plastic sheet.

Craft Materials

Dog Bone Necklace Craft Pattern and Bone Nametag

Printer Friendly PDF Version (179 KB) (Full Page)

This is a full page of three dog bone patterns to be used as 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