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Dinosaur Christmas eBook Review and Craft

Kids see two of their favorite things when they read this adorably funny and deceptively educational book.
on December 16, 2013

Dinosaurs and Christmas are like peanut butter and jelly! Maybe not for us, but kids see two of their favorite things when they read the adorably funny and deceptively educational book Dinosaur Christmas by Jerry Palotta. 

In this ebook that we read on Storia, Scholastic's eReading app, readers find out what Santa used to pull his sleigh before reindeer. You may have guessed: dinosaurs! What I loved about the book was that the author actually goes through and identifies many different species of dinosaurs and includes a little about their personalities when explaining how well or poorly they pulled his sleigh. There is cute humor throughout as well. The illustrations by Howard McWilliam are a perfect match and balance the realistic with the friendly, so the book isn't scary at all. 

After reading a book like this, one of my favorite things to do with my children is make a craft. Over on my blog No Time For Flash Cards, I often pair books and crafts. I think that making something hands-on after reading a story is a great way to connect technology with something concrete.  If you have a dinosaur fan in your house, he will love this book and this simple and silly ornament craft. 



You'll need:

Small dinosaur figurine

Mod Podge 

Small sponge brush

Glitter (and small plate to contain the mess) 

Pipe cleaner 

Ornament hook. 



1. Start by covering your dinosaur in Mod Podge with the sponge brush. 

2. Place the figurine on the small plate and shake on the glitter. 

3. Let the first coat of Mod Podge dry. Add a 2nd coat and dry overnight.

4. Add a "jaunty scarf" made from a pipe cleaner. 

5. Slip an ornament hook through the pipe cleaner scarf to hang on a tree. 


Do you have a lot of kid-made ornaments on your tree? Tell us about your favorite one over on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page


Disclosure: I have been compensated by Scholastic for reviewing their eBooks.

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