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Alphasaurus

We read about a lot of dinosaurs this week in preschool class!

We started with our opening rhyme, “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

We read one story today, a dinosaur alphabet called Alphasaurus by Megan E. Bryant and Luciana Navarro Powell. It’s a really cool board book shaped like a stegosaurus, with one dinosaur representing each letter of the alphabet.

Alphasaurus

Since the book is on the longer side, I split it up. We read A-K, then took a break.

First, we played with our animal dice, soft foam dice with six animal motions written on each side:

  1. WIGGLE like a WORM
  2. FLY like a BUMBLEBEE
  3. SLITHER like a SNAKE
  4. LEAP like KANGAROO
  5. STAND like a FLAMINGO
  6. STOMP like a DINOSAUR

We kept on stomping like dinosaurs for Laurie Berkner’s “We Are the Dinosaurs.”

Next we played with toy dinosaurs and kinetic sand, which is an amazing invention that is sort of half regular sand, half silly putty. You can mold it into a ball and then make it crumble through your fingers like sugar:

Our craft this week was uncovering dinosaur pictures:

dinosaur paintings

These were really easy to make! I had a volunteer draw the pictures in white crayon ahead of time, then gave each child a picture, a paintbrush, and a small amount of watercolor paint. The results were really pretty!

After our craft, we finished up Alphasaurus, then did our ending rhyme, “Touch Your Nose.”

Touch your nose
Touch your chin
That’s the way
This game begins
Touch your eyes
Touch your knees
Now pretend
You’re going to sneeze
ACHOO!
Touch your elbows
Where they bend
Jump right up and say
THE END!

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