Preschoolers: Dinosaurs

For more information on how I plan and prepare my preschool storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one class.

The Plan

Books

dinosaurs

Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont**
Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein*
Here Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds
Inside-Outside Dinosaurs by Roxie Munro*

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Best of the Laurie Berkner Band**

Featured Track: “We Are the Dinosaurs”*

Flannelboard: Little Dinosaur, Little Dinosaur*

Flannelboard: Ten Little Dinos

Letter of the Day: D**

Props: Two Little Dinosaurs**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
  • Movement Cube*

How It Went

Monday morning
First week of preschool storytime. I had one kiddo that had trouble separating and did wind up having the caregiver stay in the room. (Afterwards, caregiver told us the child’s birthday and the child was only two and a half, so they signed up for a toddler storytime.) So many of the kids in this group I had in babies and toddlers! I feel old! They loved doing the “Two Little Dinosaurs” rhyme with me and enjoyed washing themselves along with Dini Dinosaur.

Tuesday morning
One of my kids was crying really hard at the start of storytime, but agreed to take my hand and come into the room. By the end, the kiddo was rolling on the carpet with laughter. It was a great experience! This group’s average age is 4.5, so I wanted to make sure to use a more advanced book. And for dinosaurs, there’s nothing better than names and explaining why they are called the way that they are, cue: Inside-Outside Dinosaurs. Interestingly enough, I had a child ask if we could roar softer during “Two Little Dinosaurs” and I was very proud when the whole group obliged!

One comment on “Preschoolers: Dinosaurs

  1. Vicki Kouchnerkavich
    November 9, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    Have you ever considered allowing the adults come into the room with the children? I do this all the time, it benefits both child and adult, You can demonstrate and state literacy tips for the grownups,adults can help the group singing, with repetitive phrases and talk with the child after the program about what happened in the books read and more??

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