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Hello out there, Little New-Yorkers! No matter where you are, dancing is a great way to get your wiggles out, move your body, and spend some quality fun time with the people around you. This week for Little New-Yorkers @ Home, we are reading Brontorina, written by James Howe and illustrated by Randy Cecil, about a dinosaur determined to get her groove on. Brontorina really wants to be a ballerina, but becoming a dancer is harder than it looks! Join us as we explore this tale of perseverance, following your heart, and having empathy for people (or dinosaurs) who may be different than us in ways big and small. Then create your own Brontorina to dance and play with at home!
Follow along with this post to create with us and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 p.m. where we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook, all from the comfort of your living room.
- Printed brontosaurus template on cardstock or regular paper (Print Template Here)
- Cardboard for reinforcing (if not using cardstock)
- Something to draw with: colored pencils, markers, crayons
*A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color in your Brontosaurus
Use whatever drawing materials you have to color in your Brontosaurus. Jazz it up and make it your own!
STEP 2: Cut out the body and legs
Carefully using scissors, cut out the body and legs of your Brontosaurus.
STEP 3: Glue to cardboard (feel free to skip this step and the next if using cardstock or stiffer paper)
Because we used regular printer paper, we found our dino needed some more support to stand up on her own. Using a gluestick, we attached the paper pieces to a piece of cardboard for reinforcement. Depending on what paper you use, you may be able to skip this step. Experiment and figure out what works for you and your dino.
STEP 4: Cut out cardboard-reinforced body and legs
Carefully using scissors, cut out the reinforced body and legs (this step might require a grownup touch).
STEP 5: Cut out notches
Whether you’re using cardstock or pieces reinforced with cardboard, you’ll then need to cut out the notches so that your body and legs can fit together. Make sure you cut the notches wide enough to accommodate thicker, reinforced pieces. Cut the four notches, two on the body, and one each on the legs.
STEP 6: Attach pieces together
Your dino is almost ready to get its groove on! Slide the notched pieces together so that they’re firmly attached and your dancing dino can stand up on its own!
STEP 7: Party!
Now it’s time to move it move it! How does your dino move its body? What does it sound like? If this GIF could talk, our dino would be roaring the house down.
Using the dino body parts as a guide, you can create your own zoo of funky creatures to party with. All you need is a body and two legs that fit together to help your creature stand up! Create enough animals for a zootopian extravaganza!
We hope you enjoy this activity! Share your creations in the comments below and during our online sessions of Little New Yorkers @ Home Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm. See you then!
By Olivia Sweet