Dinosaur Day

Children love dinosaurs and it’s not just a “boy” thing. Both girls and boys are fascinated by these animals of long-ago. Children love acting like dinosaurs—roaring and stomping. They enjoy dinosaur stories, want to watch dinosaur movies and play dinosaur games. They dress as dinosaurs and decorate their bedrooms with dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs may be enormous, dangerous, and powerful, but this only adds to their appeal.  While a pacing tiger in a zoo can be frightening to a child, a roaring, hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex) creates no fear. Instead, dinosaurs are loved.  Dinosaurs can’t hurt them. Children know they are safe because dinosaurs are extinct. Very young children may say, “They aren’t real.” In time and maturity, extinction can be explained.

Many children’s books portray dinosaurs as mean, disobedient, compulsive, and getting what they want. Children enjoy seeing the dinosaur getting away with the behaviors and actions that are unacceptable for them. They can inwardly cheer for the defiant dinosaur. The underdog (dinosaur) wins. To the child, he/she wins. And many parents don’t view this as teaching and reinforcing inappropriateness to children. They would rather have their children reading about the dinosaur’s misbehavior than having their children continually acting defiantly, angry and throwing tantrums. The dinosaur’s behavior opens the door for conversation.

I love Mercer Mayer books (Little Critter books) so I decided to read his dinosaur book, TOO MANY DINOSAURS. A desperate boy buys a horn to call his run-away baby triceratops and ends up calling Mama triceratops and more. The children loved the twist at the end. We then decided to create our own dinosaur horns. If you make one, be careful what you call.

 

Dinosaur activities are included on my dinosaur activity page. //hkdening.com/dinosaur-activit…nd-picture-books/

Check out the list of dinosaur books on the activity page.

Look for more ideas on my Pinterest page.

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Enjoy your little dinosaur!

Helen

MOO!

Today I read to a Pre-K class of four-year olds, one of my favorite picture books and it is now one of their favorites too. David LaRochelle’s book, Moo! is a must have. Not only is the book delightfully funny with Mike Wohnoutka’s engaging illustrations, but the book is an excellent and fun teaching tool.

There is one word, moo, in the book, but that one word has so much meaning! Before I read the book to the children, I pointed out the exclamation point in the title and the children then read the title using their excited voices. The question marks invited raised voices and the large bold print encouraged large bold voices. Then we read the book together. No …, I think the children did most of the reading. We stopped often (every page), noticing how the illustrations worked with the text. There were lots of moos and laughter.

It is a book that children love to read over and over again. Even very young children can read this book aloud to you. It’s a great book for the reluctant or new reader.

You can’t go wrong. Head to your library or bookstore and check out, MOO!