Reading With Children
As always there are many things you can do when reading books with your little ones to help them enjoy and learn from the experience.
Try the following:
- Read the title with them and point to it
- Hold the book so they can see clearly
- Get them to help when turning the pages
- Engage them by reading in a clear and animated voice
- If there is a complicated or new word check your child understand it—if not give an explanation and model its use in a sentence.
- Try use different voices and accents for the different characters– this is fun for them but will also help them to understand which character is speaking.
- Point to the illustrations as you read, ask them questions like Why is he smiling? or What do you think will happen next?
While You Read
1. Look at the colours on pp1-2 and pp.3-4– what are the main colours used?
2. How many eggs are there on p.5? How many eggs are there in the nest?
3. How is Drip different from his sisters?
4. How are the duckbill dinosaurs different from the T Rexs?
5. How does Drip trick his T Rex family?
Useful T- Drip Resources
- Tyrannosaurus Drip Colouring - Scholastic Book Club
Free T-Drip colouring pages
- T-Drip Game
Free printable T-Drip Egg games
- The Gruffalo - Official Website
Log on to www.gruffalo.com to sing along to the T-Drip song with Julia Donaldson
Draw or paint the main characters from the story. This would be Comp, Drip, his sisters and his Mum and Dad.
Younger children could colour in a print out of the main characters- There are free printable colouring pages available online. See the links box to the right.
Use musical instruments to make the duckbill’s hooting sound. You can also log on to The Gruffalo.com to sing along to the song. See the links box to the right.
Fill a bowl with water and do some water play- if you have toy dinosaurs play with them in the water.
Make cookies in the shape of dinosaurs using a mold or cutter
Make dinosaur eggs out of play-dough
- Sort toy dinosaurs into small, medium and large
Get three bowls or trays and get your child to put all the small dinosaurs in one bowl. the medium ones in another and the large ones in another.
- Do a treasure hunt using toy dinosaurs or dinosaur eggs.
Hide the toys or eggs around the room and give your little ones a basket to collect them all in. You can give clues to help.
- Stomp around the room on all fours and roar like a dinosaur
You could even make your little one some dino-feet using old tissue boxes.
- Act out the story as a play
Assign everyone a role as one of the characters. See if your children can act out the story from memory. If not read a bit at a time and then act it out.
The Big Question
How important is it to fit in?
Many children’s books make great stimulus for philosophical discussion. Don’t be put off by the notion of philosophy– kids are natural philosophers always asking why. Below are some of the “Big Questions” That arise from the book.
- Why is Drip different from his family?
- How is drip different from his family?
- Are Drip’s family happy about his differences or not? Why?
- Would you mind if you were different from the rest of your family?
- When is it good to be different?
- Dr Seuss said “Why fit in when you were born to stand out”- what does this mean?
- Does Drip try to fit in with his family or does he stand out?
Songs and Music
Sing these songs about dinosaurs:
DINOSAURS ARE IN THEIR EGGS
tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
Dinosaurs are in their eggs,
In their eggs, in their eggs.
Dinosaurs are in their eggs,
Waiting to break out.
Dinosaurs are hatching now,
Hatching now, hatching now.
Dinosaurs are hatching now,
See them move about.
FIVE LITTLE DINOSAURS
Five little dinosaurs sitting in a swamp.
The first one said, “Let’s stomp, stomp, stomp.”
The second one said, “Time for lunch!”
The third one said, “Let’s munch, munch, munch.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s stomp some more.”
The fifth one said, “Let’s all roar!” GRRRR!
You can also log on to the Gruffalo.com and sing the song from the book itself. The link to the site is on this hub in the links box above.
Literacy from the Book
- Think of words beginning with T
- Think of words beginning with D
- Lots of Dinosaur names are shortened in the book because they are so long. Can you think of other words that are shortened?
Learn More About Dinosaurs
If you would like to learn more about dinosaurs there are loads of great resources online which are child friendly and fee. Try the following:
- http://www.kidsdinos.com/ - Kids website all about dinosaurs
- http://youtu.be/W0FOZ0-VpcU – Youtube Video The Dinosaurs Song
Download Printable PDF Activity Pack
You can purchase a printable PDF activity pack to accompany Tyrannosaurus Drip from Scribd.
The pack cost $0.99 and is available here
Buy Julia Donaldson Books
© 2013 Meg Moon
Meg Moon (author) from United Kingdom on December 09, 2013:
Thanks Teaches- I think the book and author are more popular in the UK but she wrote the Gruffalo which I suspect you guys have over there by now
Dianna Mendez on December 08, 2013:
I have not read this book but it must be very interesting and fun to read. Your activity suggestions would help children learn the concepts within the book. Great way to engage young children and to teach the love of reading.
Meg Moon (author) from United Kingdom on December 04, 2013:
Thanks for the kind feedback kidscraft!
kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on December 04, 2013:
Great hub and great choice of book. Even if I didn't read it yet, I remember that when I was a teacher, the young children had quite a fascination with those big animals! And you are right... reading gives the opportunity to ask questions to children and to engage them further!
Thanks for sharing!