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DIY Storytime: Dinosaurs

Hi, storytime friends. I miss seeing you at storytime so I put together a storytime that I thought that you might like to try at home. I will use books and songs from TumbleBooks. You can access TumbleBooks by either clicking on the title of the book or by clicking on “Search TumbleBooks” which appears below the picture of the cover of the book. Then you will use the TumbleSearch option located in the upper right hand corner to search by title for the book.
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Opening Song: “Hello Friends” (Tune: “Goodnight Ladies”)

Sing “Hello Friends” like we do in storytime. Do you remember what the sign is for hello? That’s right you salute.  What is the sign for friends? That’s right. You take your index fingers on each hand and you link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth. Sing the song through twice. Sing the song again adding the names of any grownups, brother or sisters you have, your pets, etc… (Salute hello and replace the word “friends” in the song with the person’s name.)

Hello, friends. (salute hello, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

Hello, friends. (salute hello, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

Hello, friends. (salute hello, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

It’s time to say hello. (salute hello)

  REPEAT ONCE

Sing: “Wiggle Your Toes” (Tune: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your toes, 

Wiggle them up and down.

Wiggle them fast, wiggle them slow,

Wiggle them all around.

  REPEAT WITH THE FOLLOWING BODY PARTS:

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your fingers…

Clap, clap, clap your hands… 

Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet…

Read: All Aboard the Dinotrain by Deb Lund

Question 1: The dinosaurs are going on an adventure. Have you ever been on an adventure? What did you see on your adventure?

Question 2: Have you ever ridden on a train? Where did you go on your train ride?

Question 3: Have you ever ridden a roller coaster? Was the roller coaster fast or was it slow?

Question 4: In our story the brakes do not work on the train and the bridge is out. The dinosaurs fly through the air and so does the train. Where do the dinosaurs end up after they have flown through the air?
Answer: The water.

Early Literacy Tip: When you read, it is important to share books with rhyming words. Listen to the story again and point out some of the rhyming words in the story. For example, dinotrain and grain, chord and aboard, coal and control. Hint: You can pause the story to point out the rhyming words on the page.

Sing: “Choo Choo Train 

Early Literacy Tip: While you watch his video have the child in your care pretend that he/she is rolling forwards and backwards like a train and tooting his/her horn like a train along with the people in the video. This song helps the child in your care with counting from one to twenty.

Read: Tyson the Terrible by Diane and Christyan Fox

Questions 1: Dinosaur friends are playing football when they hear a Boom, Boom sound. They think it is Tyson the Terrible.  Why are they afraid of Tyson the Terrible?
Answer: The dinosaur friends have heard Tyson is fierce, he is very ugly and scary, he has evil eyes and razor sharp teeth, etc…

Questions 2: Can you name something of which you are afraid? What is it?

Questions 3: What dinosaur do they meet?
Answer: They find a tiny T-rex.

Questions 4: Did the dinosaur friends need to be afraid of the tiny T-rex?

Questions 5: Why is the tiny T-rex sad?
Answer: The other dinosaurs will not play with the T-rex.

Questions 6: When do you feel sad?

Questions 7: The dinosaur friends invite the tiny T-rex to play football. The tiny T-rex asks if his little brother can play. Who is his little brother?
Answer: Tyson the Terrible.

Early Literacy Tip: When you read to the child in your care it is important to read with expression.

Sing: “We Are the Dinosaurs”

Early Literacy Tip: Encourage the child in your care to play and pretend that he/she is a dinosaur while listening to the song. The child in your care can march like a dinosaur, pat the ground to “make the Earth flat” and pretend to eat, sleep and roar like a dinosaur while these actions are being sung about in the song.

Read: Digger the Dinosaur by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Question 1: Digger wants to play baseball with his friend. In order to go outside and play he must first clean his room. What do you do to clean your room? Do you pick up your toys, clothes, books and other items and put them where they belong in your room?

Question 2: Digger is in a hurry to go outside and play baseball. He gets confused about what he is supposed to be picking up and where his things belong in his room. Do you ever have a hard time listening and following instructions?

Question 3: At the end of the story, was Digger’s room clean? At the end of the story, did Digger get to play baseball?

Early Literacy Tip: When you read, it is important to share books with rhyming words. Listen to the story again and point out some of the rhyming words in the story. For example, mess and yes, hook and book and stones and bones. Hint: You can pause the story to point out the rhyming words on the page.

Sing: “10 Little Dinosaurs”

Early Literacy Tip: Listening to this song helps the child in your care with the concept of counting. The numbers that appear on the screen while the dinosaurs are being counted and the names of the dinosaurs that appear in print on the screen when the dinosaurs become visible, help the child in your care to learn that print has meaning.

Closing Song: “Goodbye Friends” (Tune: “Goodnight Ladies”)

Sing “Goodbye Friends” like we do in storytime. Do you remember what the sign is for goodbye? That’s right.  It is the same as the sign for hello, you salute.  What is the sign for friends? That’s right. You take your index fingers on each hand and you link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth. Sing the song through twice.

Goodbye, friends. (salute goodbye, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

Goodbye, friends. (salute goodbye, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

Goodbye, friends. (salute goodbye, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

It’s time to say goodbye. (salute goodbye)

  REPEAT ONCE

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