story time

Dinosaur Story Time (2020)

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!

We tap and sing hello (tap knees) //
We stretch and sing hello (stretch arms up) //
We wave and sing hello (wave)
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Book: What Kind of Car Does a T. Rex Drive? by Mark Lee and Brian Biggs

what kind of car does a trex drive

Two kids with lots of dinosaur knowledge help their uncle determine which car suits each dinosaur when they suddenly shows up at his car lot. This was my first time reading this at story time and it went over very well. I think it would be great with an older crowd as well …

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Scarf Song: We are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner

Book: Crunch the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap; pictures by Greg Pizzoli

crunch the shy dinosaur

I’ve read this book but it’s been awhile and, I’m ashamed to admit it, I didn’t read it before story time today. I should have. It helps to know exactly where to do things and to know if the kids need to shout a hello or be quiet and such. But it went over very well. The adults were into it and that always helps!

Song: Itsy, Bitsy Spider

Egg Shakers: I Know a Chicken by Laurie Berkner

I forgot my Bluetooth speaker so I used a library CD and a classic kid shaker egg song at this session. 🙂

Book: Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein


Little dinosaur hatches from his egg and goes to explore the world. He wants to give someone a kiss but he’s not sure how … Good and short for the end of toddler story time!

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Craft: “Crunch” dinosaur


I had my biggest crowd yet at the new job today and I had just enough dinosaurs. Phew! I set out paint dotters, glitter glue, crayons, and feathers (because now we know some dinosaurs had feathers!). Each kid got two eye stickers (perfect for toddlers!). Aren’t they the cutest? I got this idea (and pattern!) from Caitlin Betsy Bell.

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