After having a fun day hanging out with my husband yesterday, I am in the office working, working, working today. So excited to be having our first ever Dino Drop Off Play Day at the studio on Monday. Parents will be dropping off their preschool/young school aged children to play, sing, dance, craft and hear stories about dinosaurs. I have so many ideas of things for us to do, that I thought maybe a blog post was in order as well. I know not everyone can attend on Monday but, maybe you can have your own dino day at home.
If you are on Pinterest, I have created a board. You can find it here. Dino Party Plans
Likewise, I would strongly suggest the CD “Most Amazing Dinosaur Songs” by Music for Little People. My sister bought me this CD a couple years ago, but this is the first time I have had an opportunity to use it. If you search for this CD on Google, there is also a link to the lyrics. So fun! I checked and this album is also available on iTunes.
Our activities on Monday are going to include doing a dinosaur dig – finding little dino trinkets after excavating through sand, making individual volcanos on paper plates which we will then use for finger painting, playing some color matching games and shape sorting, having dino egg races, creating dino dioramas that the children will then be allowed to take home and recreate over and over again, play dough play, dinosaur stomp dancing, bubble play, and parachute play. With all this activity, I know some down time has to be worked in (and we only have three hours), so each child will bring snack, and we will interject our high activity moments with some stories.
There are TONS of books – both fiction and non-fiction written on this subject for 4-8 year olds. Here is a very non-comprehensive book list, but these are written by some of my favorite children’s authors, or are ones I own (denoted by *).
*How Do Dinosaurs… (series of books) by Jane Yolen
*Dinosaurs Galore – Andreae Giles
*Mine-O-Saur – by Sudipta
*Dinosaurumpus – by Tony Mitton
*Dinosaur Roar – by Paul and Henrietta Stickland
*Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp – by Carol Diggory Shields
*Dinosaurs Love Underpants – By Claire Freedman
Dinosaurs by Gail Gibbons
Kids Can Draw Dinosaurs – by Philippe Legendre
Dinosaurs Don’t Dinosaurs Do – by Steve Bjorkman
Dinosaurs Dinosaurs by Byron Barton
Dancing with the Dinosaurs by Jane Clarke
Dinosaur Roar Butterflies Soar by Bob Barner
Dizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dino Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Too Many Dinosaurs by Mercer Meyer
ABC Dinosaurs by Jan Pienkowski
Flapdoodle Dinosaurs: A Colorful Pop-Up Book
If The Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most
My Visit to the Dinosaurs by Aliki
Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland
Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs by Sandra Boynton
Good Night Dinosaurs by Judy Sierra
There are just two spots left for our Dino Day Drop Off. If you are interested in the details and want to to sign up, see our website
**Please note – the Family Time playdate listed on the same page is closed! We will plan another soon.