This storytime was a special one-time evening event to see if there was enough interest from families to add an evening storytime part of the regular line up. Seven children attended, three of them were mine. I will probably try again, but not until the weather is cold and everyone is sick of being cooped up.
I read How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? in lieu of a closing song since it was getting close to bedtime.
Songs / Action Rhymes
I had the children stand up and act out the movements with me.
Five Enormous Dinosaurs
Five enormous dinosaurs, letting out a roar
One danced away and then there were four
Twist, twist, twist, twist,
Twist, twist, twist, twist, ROAR!
Four enormous dinosaurs crashing down a tree
One skipped away and then there were three
Skip, skip, skip, skip,
Skip, skip, skip, skip, ROAR!
Three enormous dinosaurs eating tiger stew
One twirled away and then there were two
Twirl, twirl, twirl, twirl,
Twirl, twirl, twirl, twirl, ROAR!
Two enormous dinosaurs resting in the sun
One shook away and then there was one
Shake, shake, shake, shake,
Shake, shake, shake, shake, ROAR!
One enormous dinosaur left all alone
It wiggled away and then there was none
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, ROAR!
1. Dinosaur masks – I printed out tyrannosaurus, stegosaurus, and triceratops masks from Mother Natured and Itsy Bitsy Fun. The children (some with parental help) cut out the masks, colored them, added stickers as desired, then put them on.
2. Dinosaur dance – Once everyone was done with their masks, we danced to two songs:
“We Are the Dinosaurs” by Laurie Berkner
“I Am a Paleontologist” by They Might Be Giants
3. Fossilized dinosaur muffins (eggs) – I followed this recipe to make fossilized dinosaur eggs, and I put these dinosaurs inside (I recommend using these instead because mine ended up a wee bit melted). I put the eggs in a mini muffin pan because they didn’t look like they would hold their shape while they dried/baked. I baked mine in a 200* oven for an hour, leaving the door cracked because I didn’t know if my squishy dinos would melt.
**Please note: do not try eating the muffins. After several gentle reminders to all children present, one little boy took a taste. He was not a happy camper.