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Dinosaurs

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The Last Dinosaur
Long, long ago instead of people, huge dinosaurs roamed the earth. As time went by their numbers became less and less until finally there was just one dinosaur left in the whole wide world.

He was a handsome green dinosaur, with a magnificent red tail. He lived all alone on an island. He was very lonely because there were no other dinosaurs to play with and none of the other animals would play with him. They were scared of him. Every day, just to fill in time he would walk down through the hills, down to the ocean and sit on a huge rock. He looked down through the clear blue water and watched the ocean creatures.

One day as he sat there looking down he saw a beautiful pink octopus! She had big blue eyes and eight beautiful legs! Red Tail fell in love instantly! He gazed down at the beautiful pink octopus and she looked up at him and….fluttered her eyelashes at him.

Day after day, hour after hour they gazed at each other through the water. Red Tail wanted very much to be with her but he could not get into the water to live and the octopus could not live on the land with him. He was very sad.

One day as he was walking down through the hills he stopped for a moment to try to think of a way that they could be together. As he stood there thinking, he heard a tiny voice.

“Help. Help.”

He looked around but he could see no one.

“Help. Help.”

It seemed to be coming out of the ground. He looked down but all he could see was mud. It had been raining all night and the earth was soft and squelchy and muddy. Then he heard it again.

“Help. Help.”

Then the mud moved. There was something stuck in the mud! Red Tail swung his magnificent tail into the mud so that the muddy thing could climb out. The he strode to the nearest pool of water and swished his tail into the water so that the muddy thing could wash itself. As the mud fell away he saw a pretty, pretty white fairy with a glistening white wand!

“Thank you, Red Tail,” said the white fairy. “You are a great and powerful beast, yet you have saved a tiny, helpless creature like me. For that I would like to grant you your dearest wish. What is the one thing in the world you would like? Just name it and it shall be yours!”

“Oh, that’s easy,” said Red Tail, in a booming voice. “The one thing in the world I want is to be an octopus.”

“Oh!” said the white fairy. “Are you sure? You know as a dinosaur you have great power and need never be frightened of anyone. But as an octopus, well….an octopus is just an octopus you know.”

“Oh, I know,” boomed Red Tail. “But it’s no fun being a great and powerful beast when there are no other beasts to play with. Oh, no. I know I’d much rather be an octopus.”

“Very well,” said the white fairy. She touched his magnificent red tail with her glistening wand and… Piiiiiing! Red Tail disappeared!

The beautiful white fairy flew over to the ocean. She looked down into the clear blue water and saw the pink octopus swimming around the rocks with a happy smile on her face. Then she saw a handsome green octopus, with eight red legs, swimming behind her. They looked so happy together.

And that is what happened to the last dinosaur left on the earth.

An original story by JB Rowley free for others to use except for commercial publication.

 

Dinosaur Song

 

Rhyme: What Do You Think I Saw?

Down by the ocean an egg cracked open
What do you think I saw?
A big floppy head and a tongue so red
A neck so long and a body so strong
Four funny limbs and a tail that swings.
What do you think I saw?
Yes! A dinosaur!

 

Dorothy Dinosaur Craft

 

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Deep Sea Dreaming

1: Story 2: Song 3: Rhyme 4: Activity
 

Ocean Creatures

One day when I was a very little girl I went to the beach with my mummy and daddy. I went into the ocean for a swim. While I was swimming along came an ocean creature to swim with me. It was a green sea turtle. So I swam with the turtle.

Then along came another ocean creature. It was a seahorse. So I swam with the turtle and the seahorse.

Then along came another ocean creature. It was a clown fish. So I swam with the turtle, the seahorse and the clown fish.

Then along came another ocean creature. It was a dugong. So I swam with the turtle, the sea horse, the clown fish and the dugong.

Then along came another ocean creature. It was a big hungry whale.

The hungry whale swam toward the turtle and the turtle swam away fast.

The hungry whale swam toward the seahorse and the seahorse swam away fast.

The hungry whale swam toward the clown fish and the clown fish swam away fast.

The hungry whale swam toward the dugong and the dugong away fast.

The hungry whale swam toward me and I was so frightened I screamed very loudly and I splashed and splashed in the water. The big hungry whale swam away.

I went back to the sand where Mummy and Daddy were looking for me. They told me I must never ever go into the water on my own again. Never ever!

Choose your own ocean creatures to use in the story. I tell this as an apron story, using colourful cardboard cut-outs. Each creature appears out of one of my apron pockets when I introduce it in the story and sticks to mu apron (with the help of Velcro).

An original story by JB Rowley. Free for use by others except commercial publication.
 
 

Song: My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
 
This song is great to use as a warm up activity and a closing activity. Hug your child and rock with the rhythm of the song.
 

Rhyme: Little Turtle

There was a little turtle (Make fist like turtle)
That lived in the sea (Draw waves in the air)

He snapped at a jelly fish (Make snapping motion at child)
And he snapped at me (Make snapping motion at self)

He caught the little jelly fish (Tickle child)
But he didn’t catch me! (Hug child)
 
 

Craft: Enchanted Learning

Lots of different activities to choose from here.

 

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