Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Dinosaur story time fun

My four year old son is obsessed with dinosaurs at the moment, and we've been having so much fun reading about and researching these incredible creatures over the past few weeks.  I thought I'd compile a list of some of our favorite dinosaur books and activities to share with anyone out there whose child is as dino-crazed as mine.

Dinosaurumpus:  "Shake, shake, shudder near the sludgy old swamp.  The dinosaurs are coming. Get ready to romp!"

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?  This is just one of many books in this fabulous series by Jane Yolen.  Other titles include How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs?, How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read?, and How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?, among others.

Flip-O-Saurus: Read all about ten different types of dinosaurs or create up to 1,000 combinations of your own!

My First Dinsoaur Board Book:  We have several of the books in the DK My First Board book series, and all of them are fantastic.  There is nothing fancy about them, but they are great learning tools and are read quite often in our house.  They are small board books, so are perfect for throwing in a bag when you are on the go.

Dinosaur Activities:

Dinosaur A to Z game:  In addition to loving dinosaurs, my son also loves coming up with lists of things for each letter of the alphabet.  It's a perfect game to play while driving in the car, but he also loves to play while we're having breakfast (try naming foods for each letter), out on a walk (try finding things for each letter along the way), or anytime, really.  We had come to learn a lot of different dinosaurs, but were still stuck on some of the harder letters such as q, x, and z.  A little online research, though, and we found a perfect list, along with a song and youtube video clip.  (The song has been stuck in my head for days, probably because my son keeps singing it and trying to memorize the "Dinosaurs A to Z.")

To print out a full A to Z list of dinosaurs (including pronunciations), click here.  Thanks, PBS!

Click the link to watch the accompanying Dinosaur Train YouTube video.

Dino Dig Sensory Box:  I haven't yet acquired the supplies for this, but it's on my to-do list.  Fill a box with sand, a few little digging tools, and bury some of those little plastic dinosaur figurines to go on your own little archaeological dig!

Do you have a favorite dinosaur book or activity to share?  I'd love to hear about it!  I'll be sure to update this list as we continue to play and learn more about these amazing prehistoric creatures.


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