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Dinosaurs in the Early Literacy Center!

photo of dinosaur toy puppet in ELC

November 6, 2019

Dinosaurs have taken over the Early Literacy Center (ELC) at MCPL Wausau! Follow the T-Rex footprints in the children's area and begin to explore the magnet wall, flannel board, volcano, activity play mat, puppet stand, and more.

Pretending to play is an important part of your child’s development. Let your child’s imagination run wild as they explore the dinosaur world play mat with the realistic dinosaur action figures. Your child can also put on a show with dino puppets and create their own story from beginning to end! Imagine how the world looked back when dinosaurs roamed the earth by arranging the dinosaurs within the volcanic scene on the felt board! Playing with felt characters builds hands-on learning and hand-eye coordination.

Learn fun facts about volcanoes and their power to erupt! You and your child can explore this heat defying natural wonder. Open the volcano up to see the core and the “hot” lava! Enjoy a wide variety of informational books, picture books, and board books about dinosaurs and read together!

Stomp on over to the magnet board and encourage your child to say the ABCs while arranging the Dino cards from A to Z. This will help with letter knowledge and vocabulary. See if they can answer the extra credit question! Also arrange the dino eggs in order from 1-10 and count with your child. Engage them in building spatial skills through creating different dinosaurs using green shapes. Work together with your child to complete board puzzles, tangrams, and more!

The dinosaur theme will be up in the ELC throughout November and December. To see pictures of all the prehistoric dino offerings, click here. For more information, call 715-261-7220.

MCPL's Early Literacy Center features materials and activities designed for children ages 0-5 years old and their parents/caregivers. If you ever have any questions about early literacy, please ask our trained staff at the children’s desk. We are here to help you and your young child(ren) find books, get ready for school, and instill a love of learning.

Children Early Literacy Learning

image credit: Dan Richter/MCPL