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Ten Little Dinosaurs – Review & Craft Activity

For anyone that follows the blog, you know that I love books. This love is something that both my children seem to have inherited and I couldn’t be more pleased about that. This year we will be sharing some of our favourite childrens books with you. The ones that have been tried, tested and read over and over (and over!) again, and are the ones we really adore. Then, in an effort to help you bring those stories alive, we will also be sharing a toddler / pre-school friendly craft to make alongside the book.

This month it’s the turn of Ten Little Dinosaurs.


Written by Mike Brownlow and illustrated by Simon Rickerty, we bought Ten Little Dinosaurs for Henry at Christmas. It’s very quickly become a HUGE hit with both kids.

The story is simple with ten little dinosaurs hatching while their mother is asleep. They therefore decide to go on an adventure. Unfortuntely though on their travels they seem to be picked off one by one, counting down from 10 all the way to 1. Don’t worry though, it has a happy ended as mama comes to the rescue.

Darcie especially loves reading along with this book, in particular “ten little dinosaurs all say roarrrrrr!” Add in the fact she can count along with me as we read and this is an instant hit with her, even though she loves to correct that the pterosaur in the book should apparantly be a teridactaur. What can I say? The girl is apparantly particular abour her dinosaurs!

Henry on the other hand loves the colours and the illustrations, pointing each dinosaur out with glee as we turn the page. Filled with bright colours and lots of action on each page, the story is a lot of fun and rhymes beautifully (we do love a rhyming book). The text on the page compliments the pictures making it fun to read with them.

With counting, beautiful rhymes and even poo – Ten Little Dinosaurs is a huge hit with both my two and I think we will be investing in some of the other ones in the “ten little” series.


Well, it had to be a dinosaur really and with my kids in mind, it had to be messy. Therefore, we went with handprint dinosaurs.


  • Card
  • Dinosaur shape cut from coloured paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue


First of all you just need to take the dinosaur shape and glue onto the card making sure you leave enough space at the top for handprints. Then, after painting paint onto palms, print onto the dinosaurs backs to make spikes.

Leave to dry and you are left with your very own handprint dinosaur!  Add in an eye with a felt tip pen, and we even named each of ours; one for Darcie and one for Daddy.

Why not check out some of our other books in this series such as our review and craft for The Paper Dolls?


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  1. Margaret Murray says:

    We love the “10 little” books but don’t have the dinosaurs one! All the books have been a big hit in our house – you’ve made me want the dinosaur one lol.

    1. tippytupps says:

      Hahaha. We’re going to be getting the princesses and monsters one I reckon!

  2. Rebecca Greenway says:

    How awesome!

    1. tippytupps says:

      Ahh thank you. The kids loved it and they’re now pride of place on the fridge!

  3. Very cool and crafty!

    1. tippytupps says:

      Ahhh thank you. So easy to do but great for getting kids to connect with books.

  4. What a great project idea!

    1. tippytupps says:

      Ahh thank you. I love trying to think of things to go with books.

  5. Those handprint dinosaurs are so adorable and super simple!
    Britt |

    1. tippytupps says:

      Ahh thank you!

  6. This book and craft is completely adorable! My niece is obsessed with dinosaurs! I may have to buy this book and do his craft with her! I think she would love it!

    1. tippytupps says:

      Ahhh what an amazing idea. I know my two love it when their uncle does things like this with them.

  7. these are so cool. i love the end result!

  8. That book looks adorable and the craft is a great way to get the munchkins excited about reading.

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