Toddlers: Dinosaurs

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan



Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont***
Dinosaur Parade by Shari Halpern*
Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea*
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen

Early Literacy Tip
Young children are able to absorb an amazing amount of information on topics that are of interest to them. They become experts, often knowning more than we do on some subjects!

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Whaddaya Think of That? (Laurie Berkner)***

Featured Track: #1 We Are the Dinosaurs***

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Dinosaurs”***

Puppets: “Five Little Dinosaurs”**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Icka Bicka Soda Crackers*
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • These Are My Glasses*
  • This Is Big, Big, Big***
  • Thumbkin*
  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom***

How It Went

Tuesday morning
My new kiddos have really warmed up this session. Storytime was packed with one stroller which prevented too much cruising (thankfully!). This group LOVED dancing/marching to “We Are the Dinosaurs” most.

Thursday morning (9:30)
It was a small class today, but a great one. The kids were energetic and happy to be there: one greeted me at the door with a hug, two others ran in squealing with joy, and one of my kiddos insisted on multiple high fives before going into the room. We had great motions during “Dinosaur Parade”.

Thursday morning (10:30)
Our preschool storytime at the same time was canceled due today. So, I had some older siblings in the class which made for a messier storytime. On the song cube, “I’m a Little Teapot” came up which is a rarity and I love using the literacy tip I memorized with it about handedness.

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