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Early literacy begins with you. Help your child get ready to read with simple activities you can do any time!

The Dinosaurs go Marching
(Sung to: "The Ants Go Marching")
The dinosaurs go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The dinosaurs go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The dinosaurs go marching one by one,
The little one stopped to stand in the sun
And they all go marching round and round and up and down.

Other verses:
Two - to admire the view
Three - to eat from a tree
Four - to give a loud roar
Five - to take a deep dive

No More Dinosaurs
Watch a dinosaur tv show or look through a guide to dinosaurs and talk with your child about dinosaurs.  Why do they think they were so large?  Which ones would they like to meet?  Try to keep the converation going back and forth at least 5 times.

Dirt Dinosaurs
Ask your child to draw their own dinosaur or dinosaur scene in the dirt with a stick.  Let them add anything they find outside to the picture; rocks for eyes, sticks for legs, leaves for armor plates, etc.

Dinosaur Eggs
Mix together 1 cup flour, 1 cup used, dried coffee grounds, 1/2 cup salt, and 1/4 cup sand in a mixing bowl.  Slowly add in 3/4 cup water, kneading as you go.  When the mixture is like bread dough, start molding handfuls around small plastic dinosaur toys until the dough looks like eggs with 1 dinosaur inside each egg.  Let them dry for a few days then hide them and ask your child to play adventurer and find them.  They can discover the dinosaurs by breaking them apart!

Look for more great dinosaur books in our catalog.

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