Story time is back with a new theme and a new name: Preschool Class.
The theme for the month is Dinosaurs! There’s a ton of great dinosaur books, activities, and crafts to pick from. It was hard to narrow down the choices!
We kicked off Preschool Class with a new opening action rhyme called “My Hands:”
Sometimes my hands are at my side
Then behind my back they hide
Sometimes I wiggle my fingers just so
Shake them fast
Shake them slow
Sometimes my hands go
CLAP, CLAP, CLAP!
Then I rest them in my lap
Now they’re quiet as can be
Because it’s story time, you see!
Our first book was a favorite of mine called If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur by Linda Bailey and Colin Jack. The illustrations are incredible, with bunches of colorful toothy T-Rex and scaly, spiky Triceratops marauding through the pages. It turns out there are lots of uses for any dinosaurs you may have lying around the house, and most of them are very, very silly.
After our book, we played with some mud-colored salt dough, plastic dinosaurs, plastic dinosaur skeletons, and sea stars:
The kids had a great time making footprints, tail prints, and fossil prints in the “mud.”
There are lots and lots of salt dough recipes floating around the internet, but I’ve had success with the recipe from Learning4Kids.
We followed with a song called “We Are the Dinosaurs” by The Laurie Berkner Band. This is a fun song with a marching beat that asks the kids to stomp their feet like a mighty dinosaur.
After our song, we played a short, slightly modified version of hopscotch:
I made nine numbered dinosaur footprints and taped them to the floor. We didn’t toss anything or skip any numbers. Instead, we made a line and tried our best to jump and land on the footprints. They had a lot of fun, and all of the kids were able to participate.
After we did all that moving, we sat back down to read our second story, Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland. This is a book of dinosaur opposites, and it’s a great read-aloud book with large, colorful pictures of all sorts of dinosaurs.
Our craft was pretty gooey this week. We made tissue paper fossils, using instructions from Activity Village. I cut the cardboard into three shapes: dinosaur skulls, dinosaur footprints, and dinosaur bones. I cut the bigger pieces of leftover cardboard into sharp, triangular dinosaur teeth:
The kids helped me mix the half glue, half-water mixture, then I scooped some out and drizzled it around the shapes the kids had chosen. They moved the mixture around with paintbrushes until the whole surface was covered. This seemed to be their favorite part; they thought it was like frosting cookies or brushing teeth. Then they tore and crumpled bits of white tissue paper and stuck them on:
Since the fossils were going to be picked up next week when they were dry, I went ahead and drizzled more of the mixture on top of each fossil after the kids left. The extra layer isn’t necessary, but I think it helps keep the tissue paper in place and intact.
The craft ended up taking a little longer than I had anticipated (messy stuff is always a big hit), so we didn’t have a chance to do our new closing song, “Touch Your Nose:”
Touch your nose
Touch your chin
That’s the way
This game begins
Touch your eyes
Touch your knees
You’re going to sneeze
Touch your elbows
Where they bend
Jump right up and say
We’ll have to debut it next week. Hope to see you there!