Creating DIY Storytimes for Caregivers & Children: Dinosaur Storytime

by - May 09, 2020

I'd love to offer more intensive online storytimes during these closures but I'm hesitant to encourage little ones to spend a lot of time on the phone/tablet/computer. It is not developmentally positive. How can we limit screentime for little ones while doing storytime?

I've found a good middle ground by posting short 5-8 minute videos of me reading 2-3 books from my house. These are posted with a suggested DIY Storytime for the caregiver and child to do together, featuring links to 3 free e-books via BookFlix and songs and activities they can do together. I'm posting the story videos on Facebook for 4 weeks at a time in the interests of fair use boundaries.

I've thrown together a handful so far, and please feel free to use them and share them freely and please make your own with the resources your community offers. 

Dinosaur Storytime
This week, we’re being silly dinosaurs! Do these activities with your child through the week. Little kids LOVE repetition!

Username: Learning20
Password: Clifford
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Ask your child…
What does a dinosaur sound like? Are they LOUD? Or quiet? 
What does a dinosaur look like? Are they BIG or little? 
What colors are dinosaurs? 


Dinosaur begins with the letter D. Show them how to draw a D and let them try, too! Bigger kids may get it right away and littler ones may just scribble. That’s perfectly fine. 

Dinosaur, dinosaur, stomp around.
Dinosaur, dinosaur, hop up and down!
Dinosaur, dinosaur, time to ROAR!
Dinosaur, dinosaur, fall on the floor!

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