Storytime Theme: Dinosaurs


*See Monster folder for more beastly ideas

Books --

Count-a-Saurus by Nancy Blumenthal
Patrick's Dinosaurs by Carol Carrick
The Trouble with Tyrannosaurus Rex by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most
Dinosaur Encore by Patricia Mullins
Dinosaur Dress Up by Allen Sirois
Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland
Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo by William Joyce
Can I have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I Please!? by Lois G. Grambling illustrated by H.B. Lewis
Dinosaur Dinosaur
Flap Doodle Dinosaurs
Dinosaur Bones
My Dinosaur
Hunting the Daddy Saurus

Audience Participation Stories/Characters for Act-out Stories

Once a Mighty Dinosaur
Drawing Story: Cretaceous Hill

Story Extensions

  • Fact sheet about hairy Mammoths
  • Match the word to the fossil
  • Color and fit together a 4 piece puzzle (another one one is also available with pictures that need to be put in order
  • Where are the Dinosaurs? tape by Diane Batchelor
  • Finger play: Five Tremendous Dinosaurs
  • Song: Bringing Home a Baby Dinosaur to "I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee
  • Feed the Dinosaur

Arts and Crafts

Triceratops, Dimetrodon, and Anatosaurus Hats
*Templates and instructions in folder

Dinosaur coloring sheets

Dinosaur Claws
Claw template (in folder)
Two 7" lengths of elastic cord or yarn
Hole punch
*Instructions can be found in folder

Snout template
Hole Punch
20" elastic cord or yarn
Markers and other coloring devices


Bany Dinosaur
Construction paper
Heavy white paper
Washable markers
Googly eyes
Precut the dinosaurs and egg pieces out of heavy paper. Make a small hole so that children can attach the egg pieces with brads. Let the children color the dinosaurs and glue them to the eggs. Googly eyes may be added to the face.

Flying Pterodactyl
Template (in folder)
Hole punch
*See folder for further details


Dinosauria: Guide to the Posters
Various Dinosaurs on colored paper and egged shaped

Suggested Ways to Include the Six Emergent Literacy Skills

  • Vocabulary

  • Print Motivation

  • Phonological Sensitivity

  • Print Awareness

  • Letter Knowledge

  • Narrative Skills