Today we dug into some great construction stories!
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*
BOUNCE: The Grandfather Clock*
Machines at Work by Byron Barton
MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
Find Bruno’s Hammer
Taken from RovingFiddlehead KidLit
Bruno built so many toolboxes that he cannot remember in which one he put his favorite hammer. Can you help Bruno find his missing hammer? In what toolbox should we look first?”
After a color is chosen, say the following phrase before removing that color toolbox.
Bruno needs his hammer lots and lots.
Is it hiding in the (color) toolbox?
Repeat until the hammer is found.
BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
TICKLE: Slowly Slowly Very Slowly Goes the Little Snail*
SONG & MOVEMENT: “Babies Little Self” from the album Here I Am! by Caspar Babypants
MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney
MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Get to Work Trucks by Don Carter
Trucks by Debbie Powell
HOW IT WENT:
Why have I never done a construction storytime before? There are so many good books and activities on this topic. Must do it again soon.
Most things went pretty well at this storytime, but Machines at Work might have been a little long for this group. Also, the flannelboard didn’t work quite as well as I envisioned it. The kids all wanted to come and pull the things off the flannelboard, and I kept hiding the hammer in the lower toolboxes. It took a couple tries to realize that I really should hide it up higher in the area where little hands cannot grab it.
ATTENDANCE: 39 people
* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music