story time

Dinosaur Story Time (2019)

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!

We tap and sing hello (tap knees) //
We stretch and sing hello (stretch arms up) //
We wave and sing hello (wave)
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Watch Out for the Bugs (to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Clap your hands, stomp your feet,
Wiggle all around.
Throw your hands up in the air and now let’s touch the ground.
Touch your head, touch your hips,
Give yourself a hug.
Now sit down upon the floor …
But watch out for the bugs! (stamp them out and scream)

BookThe Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur by Richard Byrne


A really big dinosaur brags to Jackson that he can do everything better than Jackson’s really, really, really big friend. A great book about sharing and being humble.

Flannel/Song: Five Enormous Dinosaurs
Five enormous dinosaurs letting out a roar, (roar)
One stomped away and now there are four.
Four enormous dinosaurs knocking down a tree,
One stomped away and now there are three.
Three enormous dinosaurs eating veggie stew,
One stomped away and now there are two.
Two enormous dinosaurs sitting under the sun,
One stomped away and now there is one.
One enormous dinosaur wasn’t having any fun,
He stomped away and now there are none.
Source: Sunflower Storytime

I tried to get the kids to stomp with me every time one dinosaur stomped away but it had varying success …

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of The Bear Went Over the Mountain)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

BookDinosaur Parade by Shari Halpern

Rhyming book about the different features dinosaurs have. I usually get kids who are about age 3 and under for my story time so I chose very simple books. Of course, the private schools had a day off today that I wasn’t aware of so I had some older kids who would have been able to sit through some longer books. Oh well!

Song: Song cube (The Wheels on the Bus)

Song: Snow on the Rooftops (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Snow on the rooftops, (make pointed roof shape with arms)
Snow on the trees, (hold arms up like tree branches)
Snow on the green grass, (wave hands over ground)
And snow on me! (point to self)

Snow on my mittens, (hold up hands like mittens)
Snow on my nose, (touch nose)
Snow on my head, (touch head)
And snow on my toes! (touch toes)

Twirling, swirling, whirling down, (spin in circle)
Down and down and down and down. (gently wiggle fingers like snow falling and crouch down)
Source: Sunflower Storytime

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

BookDinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein

A little dinosaur tries to learn what a kiss is. After stomping and chomping and accidentally eating a little lizard(!), he finally finds the perfect dinosaur to “kiss.”

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

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