Dinosaurs are a big topic of interest in my house and we scoured the library for a fun book to read this month for our Poppins Book Nook Club. Surprising to me, our learning curved away from science side of dinosaurs and more onto learning about language.
We came home with several books, but it’s Dinos in the Snow that hooked my daughter’s creative-side as we read it.
Yeah, yeah, the book’s a little “fluffy,” but the book does contain a ton of rhymes, a bouncy beat, and silly pictures. It’s the alliteration, though, that garnered my 6-year-old’s imagination and took her on a book-making mission.
Today’s activity that I’m sharing with you was simply a random activity that came up after our reading of Dinos in the Snow. I didn’t really plan for it, but it was a fun activity for the three of us girls to work on together.
When my 6 year old originally noticed many of the words in the book starting with the same letters, I introduced the term “alliteration” because I feel it’s never too early to be introduced to big vocabulary. Sure enough, there were several sentences containing alliteration throughout the story. After reading the book, we revisited the alliteration areas that described the names of dinosaurs doing something. She wanted to make her own book using family members doing things that started with the first letters of their names. We brainstormed together, although after she got the hang of it, I was only supplying the names, while she was coming up with the rest. I wrote what she dictated and both of my daughters worked on illustrations. We had a pretty full collection of pages.
When we were done with more than twice as many pages than what’s pictured, I suggested putting the pages in alphabetical order, to give her practice. She thought that was a great idea (score!), so she handed me the pages in order of first names.
She designed a cover for the book, we stapled everything together, and that was that! We had a brand new book to share with Daddy when he returned home from work. And, my kids must have read it at least a half dozen times before he arrived!
If you plan to try something like this, check out a copy of the book Animalia, which is an ABC book full of alliteration. It provides a great link to this “lesson.” Surprisingly we hadn’t read the book before, so it was nice to be able to pull out a new book that supported her spontaneous book-making activity.
(My favorite page is “Daddy dances on the damper.” The damper has been a big topic of conversation in our house for the past week for some reason!)
Check out some of the other great dinosaur ideas from the blogs below! Then, consider sharing some of your own Dinosaur/Prehistoric books and activities by adding your blog post into the linky below which will be opened for the next two weeks. For June, get ready for a theme of Travel and Transportation!