speech and language teaching concepts for how do dinosaurs play with their friends in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/fr/ (friend)
/n/ medial (dinosaur)
/s/ medial (dinosaur)
/or/ (dinosaur)



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends?

By Jane Yolen

What if a dinosaur’s friends come to play? Does he mope, does he pout if he can’t get his way? Does he hide all his dump trucks, refusing to share? Does he throw his friends’ coloring books up in the air? Time and time again, children are told to “play nice.” This brilliantly illustrated board book is packed with rhymes that will teach children how. Mark Teague’s laugh-aloud illustrations, along with Jane Yolen’s playful text, will show children that “playing nice” can be easy and fun. Perfect for parents to read aloud with their children, this book is as humorous as it is instructive.

This fun kindness and dinosaur-themed book can be used in speech therapy to discuss social/emotional issues in the text and in the illustrations. It is also great for inferring and relating to different social scenarios. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (action)
compare and contrast
phonological awareness


mope, pout, refusing, hog, treats, friendliest, choice


Compare and contrast the dinosaurs who are not being friendly vs. the dinosaurs who are (discuss the differences in facial expressions and body language of the dinosaurs as well as the children).

Notice the facial expressions and body language.
Discuss what the dinosaur should do instead in the hypothetical situations.

being friendly
taking turns
thinking of others before self


verbs (action)

Phonological Awareness:



Relate to the dinosaurs who are not being friendly as well as the dinosaurs who are.
Compare and contrast how you might feel as one of the kids in the story when the dinosaurs are being friendly vs. when they are not.

Why do you think the dinosaur might not want to share?
Why do you think the dinosaur is throwing his friends’ coloring books?
Why do you think the dinosaur is not taking turns?
How is the dinosaur being friendly?


Do you think a dinosaur mopes and pouts when he doesn’t get his way?
Do you think he hides his toys?
Do you think he throws his friends coloring books in the air?
Do you think he will hog the playground equipment or the riding toys?

If you are interested in seeing other kindness and dinosaur books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.