Last spring, we read a fun book called I’m a Dirty Dinosaur, in which the illustrations were created with actual mud. Of course, we had to make our own mud paintings! The same author has another book, I’m a Hungry Dinosaur, in which the illustrations were created with cocoa powder, chocolate, and sprinkles, so of course we needed to give a try to painting with chocolate ourselves.I’m a Hungry Dinosaur is simply delightful, just as it’s predecessor. In this book, the dinosaur is eager to eat a chocolate cake so he mixes it, bakes it, and decorates it. As mentioned, the three dimensional aspect to the illustrations make it fun, and the playful rhyme make the book a fun read aloud.
After we read, we grabbed markers and drew our own pictures. I drew a picture of a girl (I told Strawberry it was her) eating a cake. Strawberry made a more abstract marker drawing. The fun part came when we brought out the chocolate!
By pressing the cocoa on the paper, it left a shadow. But putting the wet chocolate on the page, it made a much darker impression.
The best part was licking fingers at the end!
Additional extension activities for this book include some of the following.
- Bake our own cake. Help the kids measure and follow directions.
- Practice fractions with a cake. Is half the cake more or less than a third of the cake?
- Discuss sequencing when it comes to baking a cake. Why couldn’t the dinosaur frost the cake before baking it? Using images of the various stages of preparing the food, put the dino’s process in order again.
I loved revisiting our little dino friend. I hope the author has some more great ideas! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! Flower garden? Swimming (watercolors)? I hope there will be more!
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