Dinosaur Eggs: exploring textures

This weekend was all about dinosaurs. Ms. Eve did a dinosaur storytime on Friday and Saturday. She had this great catchy song playing when children and parents came in the theatre, called  “We are the Dinosaurs” by Laurie Berkner. She also had a life-size foot print of a brontosaurus for kids to step on. I made a felt matching game and counting game based on dinosaurs. Children and parents interacted together before storytime started, by matching the eggs and counting the baby dinosaurs.

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In art, we mainly had toddlers and preschoolers, so I kept it simple. I displayed found objects on the table, a toy dinosaur and a tray of paint.

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I gave each one a piece of construction paper cut in the shape of an egg and asked them to paint it by stomping the dinosaur’s feet in the paint and onto their egg. Same with the cardboard rool, foamie letters and bubble wrap. They had a blast!

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Mermaids & Pirates

The summer is slowly on the way. Some kids are out of school and we are feeling the influx of families coming in. We decided to continue with our beach-y/ocean-y themes of the past few weeks and do a Pirates & Mermaids storytime this week.

For Toddler Art, we made pirate hats, which kids decorated with oil pastels and glue scraps of paper & sequins.  They wore the hats and paraded around for storytime. It always amazes me how children react to wearing their art. Some have no problem with it, other want to keep it in their hands. I usually have mirrors around the classroom so they can look at themselves.

Reed's pirate hat

For Family Art,  which the crowd varies and I usually get more preschoolers (as well as toddlers) or early elementary children; I asked them to make a mermaid using the oil pastels, the scrap paper and sequins. Some boys weren’t very happy about the mermaid theme for the art project, so I reminded them that it was their image and they could make pirate scene instead.  Once I notice children were almost done with their art, I brought some blue paint, so they could add water or sky to their creation. I wish I would have diluted the tempera paint a little more, to make a resist. Some of the children covered their picture with blue paint, losing the drawing they had done underneath.

Art @ the Beach

This week’s theme is “Beach”.
Miss Stephanie created a fun storytime around this theme; reading 3 books, songs and a sorting activity for toddlers and preschoolers.

For art time, we used colored sand and glue and created a fun abstract art for the toddlers, and a little bit more involved for the preschoolers.

In Toddler Art, we used Elmer’s glue and glue stick, adding the glue on our paper and pourring the sand on top. Adding more glue and pourring a new color sand.

In Family Art, we used oil pastels as well. Children started by drawing a picture of the beach, then adding sand to some areas. Their creation was a little bit more involve and defined compared to the toddlers.


This week’s theme is Dinosaurs!
So many things we can do in art time with that kind of theme. We mainly talked about texture.

For Preschool Project (3-5 year olds), children were given dinosaur toys, which they looked at, touched turned around. We pointed out the similarities between the different dinosaurs; some have horns, some have long neck, short necks, spikes on their backs… etc. We also mentions what they had similar, 2 eyes, 1 mouth and 4 legs (we only had land dinos). The preschoolers drew their dinosaurs with oil pastels. Then, children were introduced to different textured items which we used for rubbing and create texture on their dinosaurs.


For Family Art (2-10 & parents), we creates dinosaur eggs from papier-mâché paste. Using newspaper, children formed a sphere-like shaped and added the papier-mâché paste  on top, turning it around, creating their eggs.

Once their eggs were covered, they rubbed some tempera paint on it. In a library, we don’t get to start a project one week and finish it the next. Children don’t always come every week and I have to be able to serve our patrons no matter what. By applying the paint right away, children can take their dinosaur eggs home right away with a completed project.

For Toddler Art (18 to 36 month old) we had an easier project. Since creating a 3D egg would be a little too complicated, I gave each child a circular shaped piece of construction paper. They used different shape sponges to stamp  and create texture on their dinosaur egg.