December 05, 2005

Lisa: Dino-mite

I always intend to post cute or fun stuff I do for the library, so that I can remember it, but then I usually forget. (See how that works? It's a vicious cycle.) This time I remembered to take pictures, so you lucky people get to hear about my dinosaur storytime!

Here's the chair where I sit when I read the stories, and you can see the books and stuff that I have set out there. This time we read Find-A-Saurus, Ten Terrible Dinosaurs, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, and the awesome Dad's Dinosaur Day.

I set out a bunch of other dinosaur books for the kids to check out, too.

We always do songs and rhymes between the stories, and then usually one crafty project. On this website, I found a recipe for making dinosaur eggs, which I thought sounded fun.

You start with a mixture of flour, salt, used coffee grounds, and sand.

Then you add water to the mixture, to make it stick together.

I gave everyone a small plastic dinosaur (which were really hard to find for some reason--I finally had to get some at Toys R Us) and a scoop of Dino Dirt, and we packed the dirt around the dinosaurs. The eggs are supposed to look like rocks.

We let the eggs dry out for a whole week, until they were really pretty hard and rocklike, and then broke them open at the next week's storytime. Cute!

A few more helpful sites for dinosaur storytimes:
It's Storytime
SurLaLune Storytime
Milwaukee Public Library
BayViews Storytime Ideas
The Best Kids Booksite

Posted by lisa at December 05, 2005 11:12 AM

Lisa- I love the dino eggs. I am going to have to do it next time I babysit my cousin who loves dinosaurs. So where do you find sand? Did you buy it or go to a lake and scoop some up?

Posted by: Marci on December 5, 2005 05:04 PM

I bought "play sand" from Home Depot, because it is the cleanest kind of sand (in case the kids ate any). It was like $2 for a 60 pound bag. I have tons left, if you want to use mine.

Posted by: lisa on December 5, 2005 09:42 PM

I cracked open my rock a week ago. It was way fun, and I didn't even mind the rock being in my room. If you smelled it, it sort of smelled like coffee. Mmm... coffee flavored stegosaurus...

Posted by: Sarah on December 6, 2005 11:42 AM

In a book called Kid Concoctions they have a recipe very similar, or it could be the same. You should check out the book for more fun ideas for storytime. I own the book if you would like to check it out. Also their website is I do the activities all the time with my cousin and we have a balst.

Posted by: Marci on December 14, 2005 02:24 PM
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