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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Storytime: Dinosaurs, Big and Bad

Family storytime for ages 3-8 and their families with a craft.  There are so many good new dinosaur books, the kids loved these!


Dinosaur vs. Bedtime [DINOSAUR VS BEDTIME -OS]
by Bob Shea

The Super Hungry Dinosaur 
by Martin Waddell

I'm Bad!
by Kate and Jim McMullan

Additional Books

Dinosaurumpus! by Tony Mitton
Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
T Is for Terrible  by Peter McCarty


I'm a Mean Old Dinosaur
(Sung to: I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a mean old dinosaur,
Big and tall.
Here is my tail.
Here is my claw.
When I get all hungry,
I just growl.
Look out kids...
I'm on the prowl!


Pasta Fossil Dinosaurs

Provide dry pasta for the children to paste onto black construction paper to create dinosaurs.  I found white chalk was useful for the parents to sketch dinosaurs for the littlest ones to fill in with pasta.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Storytime: Alligators & Crocodiles (Snip Snap Stories)

Family Storytime for Ages 3-8.  Alligators and crocodiles better get their snapping ready to go.  One of a my favorite storytimes because I can have the children "snap" through all these stories.


Snip Snap!: What's That?

By Mara Bergman
Illustrated by Nick Maland

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

By Eileen Christelow

By Jo Brown

Alternate or Additional Books

Alligator Alphabet By Stella Blackstone and Stephanie Bauer
Alligator Baby By Robert Munsch
What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? By Judy Sierra Illustrated by Doug Cushman

Songs and Fingerplays

Alligator Pie

Alligator, alligator, alligator pie.
(Hold arms out in front and snap down and together on the word "alligator")
If I don't get some,
I think I'm gonna cry.
(Mime crying)
You can take away the grass.
(Use an arm to make wavy motions)
You can take away the sky.
(Hold arms up and rounded over head)
But don't take away,
(Shake your finger)
My alligator pie!
(Snap your arms)

Nappa Presents: Classics Animal Songs
"Alligator Stomp"
by Anna Moo


From No Time For Flashcards, see there for a step by step.