Little Learners (Birth - Age 4): Dinosaurs

Does your little reader dig dinosaurs? Join us for some prehistoric pre-literacy fun! We will explore dinosaurs this week as we read, write, sing, talk, and play together.

READ: Counting Dinos by Eric Pinder

Counting Dinos by Pinder

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Rodrigo the Ankylosaurus and his prehistoric pals learn about their natural world and count from one to ten. With adorable illustrations and plenty to search for, kids will discover new things on each read-through, and informative back matter will provide curious readers with even more information on their favorite dinosaurs.
Increase pre-literacy skills as you read together:

  • Before you read, look at the cover. Ask your little readers what they think the story might be about. Count the number of words in the title.
  • Count along with the story and point to items together as you count. Ask your children to point to the numbers on the pages.
  • Ask your little readers what number comes next before you turn the pages.
  • Talk about the dinosaurs. Are they the same or different? Discuss similarities and differences.
  • Look at the pictures. Ask open ended questions like, “What do you see?”
  • Discover the different types of dinosaurs from the story at the back of the book.

SING: Stomp your feet, flap your wings, shake your tails, and roar like a dinosaur!

Dinosaur Dance (Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)
The Triceratops’s feet went stomp, stomp, stomp,

Stomp, stomp, stomp,

Stomp, stomp, stomp,

The Triceratops’s feet went stomp, stomp, stomp,

All day long!

The Pterodactyl’s wings went flap, flap, flap,

Flap, flap, flap,

Flap, flap, flap,

The Pterodactyl’s wings went flap, flap, flap,

All day long!

The Steogosaurus’s tail went swish, swish, swish,

Swish, swish, swish,

Swish, swish, swish,

The Steogosaurus’s tail went swish, swish, swish,

All day long!

The Tyrannosaurus rex went roar, roar, roar,

Roar, roar, roar,

Roar, roar, roar,

The Tyrannosaurus rex went roar, roar, roar,

All day long!

EXPLORE: Dinosaur Dig Sensory Bin

Promote letter knowledge with your little paleontologists by creating a dinosaur sensory bin filled with letters and numbers.
You’ll need:

  • An empty plastic container
  • Dirt or sand from outside OR taste-safe sand (Combine 4 cups of flour and ½ cup of vegetable oil)
  • Foam letters/ numbers, printed letters/numbers, wooden letters/numbers, or alphabet blocks
  • A paint brush

Create your sensory bin:

  • Fill a plastic container with dirt or sand from outside or taste-safe “sand”.
  • Bury foam letters/ numbers, printed letters/numbers, or alphabet blocks in your sensory bin.

Explore with your little paleontologists:

  • Use a paint brush to excavate the dirt.
  • Identify the letters and numbers you find during your dig.
  • Ask your little ones to find or show you a specific letter or number by pointing to it (e.g., Where is B? Find number 2).
  • Sort letters and numbers into piles after you excavate them.
  • Use your fingers to draw or write in the sand.

JOIN: Journey back in time with us this week during our virtual programs. We will have a ROARing good time!

Little Readers: D is for dinosaur! This literacy-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. We will sing, talk, read, write, and play together to develop the pre-literacy skills your little ones need to get ready to read and write. Join us for a roaring good time as we read Dinosaur Parade by Sheri Halpern and We are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner.

Monday, September 28, 2020 – 10 am

Saturday, October 3, 2020 – 10 am

Little Movers & Shakers: Let’s get the wiggles out! This music-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. Through books, songs, and movement activities we will build pre-literacy skills. We will dance like dinosaurs with Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton and Dinosaur Rap by John Foster.
Each week we will use an instrument to sing a song and explore sounds and movement. This week we will be using household items to make a drum. Grab a pot, pan, empty container and some wooden spoons.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – 1pm

Friday, October 2, 2020 – 10 am

Little Explorers: Get ready to roar! This exploration-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. We will use books to nurture curiosity, create, and discover the world around us. This week we will read ROAR: A Dinosaur Tour by Michael-Paul Terranova and Here We Go Digging for Dinosaur Bones by Susan Lendroth. After investigating our theme through stories, songs, and a game we will conclude our program with a hands-on activity.
Each week we will use a variety of materials that you may have at home for our exploration activity. This week’s needed materials are:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • Bowl for mixing ingredients

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – 10 am

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