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Triceratops in Books

In our previous blog article we listed a few links to craft projects featuring triceratops that we found around the web. We also had a free download of triceratops paper bag puppet pattern.

We are continuing the triceratops theme with a list of books that we thought would be interesting and fun to pair with an triceratops puppet.  We’ve noticed that kids become more engaged during reading when a puppet is used to help bring a book alive.

WHY USE A PUPPET WHILE READING?
    • Kids love puppets.
    • Puppets boost creativity and stimulate kids’ imaginations
    • Sometimes kids feel more comfortable reading to a puppet rather than to an adult
    • A puppet can be used as an impartial character allowing kids to express their true emotions.
    • A puppet made from our patterns is perfect for story time because it is soft and pliable.  It can be stuffed into a small place ready to pop out to engage the kids.  And it is easy to wash!
Books Featuring Triceratops

There aren’t many books featuring just the triceratops.  But what there is available is good.  We enjoyed reading all of these.

If I Had a Triceratops by George O’Connor is about a little boy who has a triceratops as a pet.  This triceratops acts just like a dog – only bigger.  This is a fun book with cute illustrations.  I think all ages from preschool up to 2nd grade would enjoy this book.  All kids seem to love dinosaurs and this book helps them imagine having one as a pet.

 

 

The Little Golden Book of Dinosaur Train: Triceratops for Lunch is not only cute but educational.  It is illustrated by Caleb Maurer.  In language young readers can understand, it explains the difference between herbivores and carnivores.  Plus there is a hidden bonus – just try new food, you might like it. Age range 3-7 years, preschool to 2nd grade.

 

 

Little Dinosaur in the Mini Look at Me book format is really mini but just adorable!  The size of the book closed is 2 1/2 inches by 5 inches which is just perfect for little hands.  The illustrations are warm and friendly.  Illustrated by L. Rigo.  For ages 1-3 years.  This book does come in a larger size (about 8 in wide and 11 in high) and is very sturdy.

 

 

The Smithsonian Little Explorer Triceratops by Janet Riehecky is a great resource book for grades 1-3 and ages 4-7.  It has great information and very realistic illustrations.   In fact, the illustrations might be a little too realistic for some younger preschoolers.   

 

 

Free Download of Triceratops Hand Puppet pattern

Don’t have the time to sew a puppet?  Need a puppet fast?  We have a free download for a triceratops hand puppet pattern using felt squares available from craft stores.  The puppet can be made without sewing – all you need is a hot glue gun.


Need a puppet with a moving mouth and makes expressions?  We have the pattern!

Need a puppet that can talk and make expressions?  You can sew one with our Triceratops Puppet Sewing Pattern.  The pattern is available as a digital download so you can start sewing immediately. We recommend using fleece and felt fabrics because they are inexpensive, readily available from craft stores, washable and easy to sew.  Customers tell us how easy our step by step patterns (with lots of pictures) are to follow especially after watching the video tutorials.  In fact you can watch our free video tutorial on how to sew the triceratops puppet right now!  

What our customers are saying:

“The puppets turn out really well and are a joy to use!” 

 “Very detailed step-by-step instructions with color photos. Can’t wait to get all the supplies and make this puppet.”