I have been wanting to make a Dinosaur/Door flannel for a loooooong time! The first 2021 Flannel Friday Just Do It Round Up and an upcoming virtual sensory storytime inspired me to FINALLY get it done.
The classic rhyme goes a little something like this:
Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the (red) door?
If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know how I feel about flannels in which color is the only variation. For a long time I was stuck on how to adapt this beloved dinosaur storytime staple. Since I wanted to use it in a virtual sensory storytime for an audience with disabilities, I definitely wanted a way for any participants with colorblindness to participate.
And then it hit me – duh! Add numbers to the doors! 🤦
The rhyme then goes:
Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the (first) door?
…and then I felt inspired to make ANOTHER set of numbered doors with different shape windows:
Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the (oval) door?
…and then, for my smallest of storytimers, I made ANOTHER set with just three different size doors:
Dinosaur, dinosaur, are you behind the (tall) door?
These are such simple adaptations that lead to great opportunities for math talk about size, shapes and number recognition – important early math skills. Here’s some sample math talk we might engage in:
- How are these doors the same?
- How are they different?
- Does your door at home have numbers? Which numbers?
- Which door is the tallest?
- Which door is the shortest?
- Which door would be the best door for a BIG dinosaur to go through? Why?
I like to hide a mix of dinosaurs and other animals/people behind the doors. And sometimes there’s no one behind the door… must have been a dinosaur playing ding dong ditch! 🤷♀️
This variety of characters also sets the stage perfectly for storytelling! For example:
- Once upon a time there was a little girl named Goldilocks who was always going into the wrong house. Which door does she open first this time?
- Goldilocks opened the green door and saw a dinosaur! What happens next?
- Goldilocks ran away from the dinosaur and stopped at another house. She opened the purple door. There was no one there! What does Goldilocks do next?
Or we can have a discussion about home safety as we rhyme and open doors:
- Would you let a dinosaur into your house? No! Why not?
- Would you let a person into your house? Yes? When?
Pick up the free pattern and make your own dinosaur/door flannel sets by clicking on the image below:
Pssst… there’s a bonus take-home dinosaur/door game for families in the download!
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