This version of the 10 Little Dinosaurs song isn’t your traditional “10 Little ____” song. It teaches counting and new vocabulary and is full of gross motor fun! Every dinosaur theme needs a circle time song like this!
And don’t forget to grab your FREE printable 10 Little Dinosaurs song and puppets at the end of this post!
I mean, how do you really imagine an animal that weighed as much as 14 elephants, that was seven stories tall, and two semi trucks parked end to end? (Source). My eyes get wide hearing that, too, because dinosaurs were incredible creatures.
***I’ve paired up with some of your favorite kid bloggers to bring you so many brand new ideas for teaching your dinosaur theme!***
So, to add to the natural excitement that comes with learning about dinosaurs is having some really great dinosaur songs to go along with it.
Enter my version of 10 Little Dinosaurs.
FAQ About Teaching a Dinosaur Preschool Theme
Dinosaurs are fascinating, and preschoolers love pretending to be paleontologists–so let them! It makes a great dramatic play center.
When teaching a dinosaur preschool theme, it’s even more important to provide hands-on activities. Offer plenty of dinosaur toys. Create dinosaur small worlds for pretend play or use a “dinosaur skeleton” in a sensory bin. Make fossils in play dough. Do artwork and sing dinosaur songs. And of course, read lots and lots of picture books!
Nearly all preschoolers love learning about dinosaurs, so you can do a dinosaur unit study between ages 3-5 years. But toddlers and elementary-aged children can love dinosaurs too!
Here are some major learning concepts that can be included in your dinosaur preschool lesson plans:
~ herbivores vs. carnivores
~ ways different dinosaurs move
~ ways dinosaurs defend themselves from predators
~ compare and contrast dinosaurs and other animals
~ which dinosaurs were predators
~ volcanoes and lava
~ tropical vegetation
10 Little Dinosaurs Song
Sing this during circle time or during preschool transitions. My preschool sons adore it!
- heavy card stock
- wide craft sticks
- FREE printable at the end of this post
Print the dinosaur song printable on heavy card stock. Cut out the dinosaur pictures and glue them onto the craft sticks to make puppets.
Invite your preschooler to come and sing with you!
A Dinosaur Circle Time Song
The fun of this song comes with the gross motor activities. Instead of simply repeating the same 13 words over and over again, the dinosaurs in this song do lots of different things!
10 dinosaurs ROAR!
9 dinosaurs stomp.
8 dinosaurs eat.
7 dinosaurs clap.
You get the picture. And all the while your preschooler is learning counting skills!
The printable has the new and fun lyrics for all 10 verses, plus a corresponding number of dinosaurs for the preschoolers to count. Using the craft stick dinosaur puppets, you can also hide the dinosaurs as the song counts down.
I numbered the puppets to make it easier, which you could also use to help your preschooler with number identification. See in the photo below how the numbered dinosaurs match the dinosaurs on the corresponding song card?
Another alternative is to let your preschoolers hold all ten dinosaurs while singing the song and simply practice the “minus one” concept. My sons insisted on holding all the dinosaur puppets when their hands weren’t otherwise occupied by pretending to be a dinosaur eating, or a happy dinosaur clapping, or a dinosaur waving good-bye.
Of course, these dinosaur puppets were used for more pretend play after the song was over. Did you know that just about every dinosaur can fly? Ha, ha! My boys make everything fly when they play!
But in all seriousness, one thing we did do was look at the dinosaur puppets and discuss which ones we thought were meat eaters versus leaf eaters and why. I also heard my sons talking about how their dinosaur puppets can defend themselves against the “bad dinosaurs”.
Get Your FREE 10 Little Dinosaurs Printable!
Go ahead on click on the download button below to get your free copy of my 10 Little Dinosaurs Song.
Want More Dinosaur Activities?
You’ve got to see these! The links for the activities are below the image. And don’t forget your free printable is at the end of the post!
LEFT TO RIGHT:
Free Printable Dinosaur Emergent Reader // Fun A Day!
Hatching Dinosaur Eggs Initial Sound Match // Modern Preschool
Dinosaur Rhyme Time // Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten
EDITABLE Dinosaur Sight Word Game // Playdough to Plato
Salt Crystal Dinosaur Science Experiment // Schooling a Monkey
Editable Sight Word Dinosaur Game // The Kindergarten Connection
Dinosaur CVCe Puzzles // Pages of Grace
Editable Dinosaur Pick and Color Printable // A Dab of Glue Will Do
10 Little Dinosaurs Song // Stay at Home Educator
Dinosaur Counting Puzzles // Pocket of Preschool
Dinosaur Addition // Recipe for Teaching
Dinosaur Measurement Activities // Fairy Poppins
Dinosaur Clip Cards: Matching Numbers 1-12 // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Dinosaur Board Game Counting Activity // Fun Learning for Kids
Dinosaur Sensory Bottle With Alphabet Printables // Letters of Literacy
Dinosaur Addition Cards // The STEM Laboratory
Dinosaur Counting Play Dough Mats // Fantastic Fun and Learning
Dinosaur Memory Game // Teach Me Mommy
Bossy R Dinosaur Sort // Sara J Creations
Dinosaur Word Family Center Freebie // The Primary Post
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.