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Construction!

The Plan

Books

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Dig, Dogs, Dig by James Horvath
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Roadwork by Sally Sutton
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “If You Have a Red Truck”
If you have a red truck, a red truck,
If you have a red truck, bring it to the board!

Flannelboard: “Red Crane, Red Crane, What Do You See?”

Song: “Construction Worker Song”
This is the way we pound our nails, pound our nails, pound our nails
This is the way we pound our nails, so early in the morning
(saw the wood, turn the screwdriver, drill a hole, stack the bricks, stir the paint, paint the walls)
Credit: Everything Preschool

Song: “Dump Truck” (Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuump out the load.
Credit: Pre-K

Craft

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This is the same exact craft that I used in Road Work Ahead. I had a lot of extras from the program and felt like it would be a waste to recycle them. For storytime though, I had teen volunteers cut out the pieces and pre-assemble the construction trucks so that my little kids could just color.

How It Went

Thursday morning
The kids were pretty restless this morning. The “Construction Worker” song went on for a very long time to get those wiggles out. And thankfully, Anna’s idea of using scarves to act out “Tip Tip Dig Dig” worked really well at getting their Construction!energy out!

Friday morning
My Friday group was on the quieter side so titles like “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” worked a lot better. They had a really good time with the “Red Crane, Red Crane, What Do You See?” flannelboard — tons of the kids knew the rhythm of the story and chanted along with me.

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Road Work Ahead!

This was a special program that I did during the Summer of 2013 for “Dig Into Reading!” Families with kids ages 3-7 were invited to spend an afternoon celebrating all things construction!

The Plan

Books

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Construction Countdown by K.C. Olson
The Construction Crew by Lynn Meltzer
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Red Crane, Red Crane, What Do You See?”

Action Rhyme: “Cranes”
Cranes reach up,
Cranes reach down,
Cranes reach out,
And all around.
Credit: Pre-K Fun

Fingerplay: “Five Little Nails”
Five little nails, standing straight and steady
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam, bam, bam! That nail goes down.
Now there’s just four nails to pound.
(count down)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Games

“Foreman Says”
You really can never go wrong with a special version of Simon Says. I gave the kids construction hats that I bought for the program to wear while we played. I put mine down at one point and wound up sitting on it, smashing it. I’ve never seen preschoolers erupt in such laughter.

“Dump Truck Relay”
The website linked above can give you full instructions, but basically I had two dump truck with packing peanuts that I had painted to look like rocks and two buckets. I divided the kids up into two teams and they raced to get their rocks from the trucks to the buckets. They had great fun with this one, even if I didn’t really “pronounce” a winner.

“Treasure Excavation”
Very simple way to hand out prizes. I had a bin full of shredded paper and let the kids dig using sandbox shovels for their ring pops. I figured that was as close to diamonds as I was gonna be able to afford!

Craft

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I got this craft from Kids Craft Weekly. I let the kids do their own cutting and I had plenty of parents around to help the youngest ones out. I did keep the hole punchers at a single table with the brads so that teen volunteers could help with the construction aspect.

How It Went

Did I mention the part where I sat on my hat? Basically, not even ring pops could compare with how awesome that moment was! Their favorite book was probably “Tip Tip Dig Dig” and they really liked that I used the same illustrations to make the flannelboard. The craft was definitely doable for the kids, but I had a few that struggled to use the scissors, which makes me all the more determined to give them more opportunities when possible!

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Bob Shea!

The Plan

Books

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Dinosaur Vs. the Library by Bob Shea
I’m a Shark by Bob Shea
New Socks by Bob Shea
Race You to Bed by Bob Shea
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Dinosaurs” (Tune: “Ten Little Indians”)
One little, two little, three little dinosaurs
Four little, five little, six little dinosaurs
Seven little, eight little, nine little dinosaurs
Ten little dinos for me!
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Old Shoes, New Shoes”
Old shoes, new shoes,
(Child) is wearing (description) shoes
One, two, three four,
Now I stomp them on the floor!
Credit: Preschool Education

Song: “Baby Shark”
Baby shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Baby shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Baby shark, Doh-doh, doh, doh
Baby shark
(Momma shark, shark mouth with forearms connected at elbows; Daddy shark, shark mouth with full arms; Grandpa shark, same as Daddy, but with fists instead of fingers to look like no teeth)
Credit: Co-worker! (Thanks, Amanda!)

Craft

Since coloring sheets have gone over so well at the daycare, I’ve decided to go ahead and keep using them. The teachers love the sheets and the practice the kids get with holding crayons.

How It Went

One of these days I will get around to making a video about the baby shark song. It’s amazing. It’s glorious. It’s high-energy and the kids are hysterical during it. But Bob Shea books definitely can share the limelight with such a great song! The kids loved roaring along with Dinosaur and I absolutely adore using “Dinosaur Vs. the Library” because the kids get really quick at the end because it’s storytime!

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Emma Dodd!

The Plan

Books

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Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Foxy by Emma Dodd
I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd
I Love My Mommy by Giles Andreae

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Pretty Ladybugs”(Sung to: “The Muffin Man”)
Ladybug has 1 black spot,
1 black spot, 1 black spot;
Ladybug has 1 black spot,
Pretty ladybug!
Continue until there are 6 spots.
Credit: Preschool Education

Fingerplay: “Five Little Puppies”
Five little puppies were playing in the sun. (Hold up hand, fingers extended.)
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run. (Bend first finger.)
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race. (Bend second finger.)
This one saw a pussycat, and he began to chase. (Bend third finger.)
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round & round. (Bend fourth finger.)
This one was so quiet, he never made a sound. (Bend thumb.)
Credit: Perry Public Library

Puppet Rhyme: “Bumble Bee”
Bumblebee, bumblebee, landing on my nose.
Bumblebee, bumblebee, now he’s on my toes.
On my arms, on my legs, on my elbows.
Bumblebee, bumblebee he lands and then he goes.
Credit: Mrs. Jones – Insects

Craft

Since coloring sheets have gone over so well at the daycare, I’ve decided to go ahead and keep using them. The teachers love the sheets and the practice the kids get with holding crayons.

How It Went

I love Emma Dodd and so do my kids! I did this storytime right around Mother’s Day which is why I went with “I Love My Mommy” instead of “I Love My Daddy.” But as awesome as all Emma Dodd books are…hands down, “Dog’s Colorful Day” wins every time. My kids know that book’s spine and if they see it in my pile, it’s likely that I’ll hear about it before I get to it.

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Crayons!

The Plan

Books

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A Day With No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch
Go to Bed, Monster by Natasha Wing
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard
What Happens at a Crayon Factory? by Lisa M. Guidone

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Harold and the Purple Crayon”

Flannelboard: “I Have a Crayon”
I have a crayon, I’ll give it to you.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of blue.
I have a crayon, a lovely little fellow.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of yellow.
I have a crayon, it’s here on my head.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of red.
I have a crayon, we can draw a circle.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of purple.
I have a crayon, what do I see?
Here is my crayon, an orange one for me.
I have a crayon, the best ever seen.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of green
Credit: Anne’s Library Life

Action Rhyme: “Crayons”
Put your Blue crayon in the air hold it high and leave it there.
Put your Blue crayon on your back
Now please lay it in your lap.
Hold your Blue crayon in your hand
Now everyone please stand.
Wave your Blue crayon at the door
Now please lay it on the floor.
Hold your Blue crayon and jump, jump, jump.
Hold your Blue crayon way, way up!
(Repeat with Green and Red)
Credit: Anne’s Library Life

Fingerplay: “Five Little Crayons
Five little crayons, waiting in a row.
The first one said, “I’m red, you know!”
The second one said, “I’m green like a tree.”
The third one said, “I’m blue like the sea.”
The fourth one said, “I’m yellow as the sun.”
The fifth one said, “Being purple is fun!”
Five little crayons, happy as can be,
Coloring pictures with you and me!
Credit: Hubpages

Craft

The kids did crayon rubbings with our rubbing plates. I totally didn’t take any pictures and feel awful about it!

How It Went

Thursday morning
I made the kids die-cuts of each color for our action rhyme Crayons and they had a great time waving them around. Afterwards, I let them keep their crayons if they wanted to and you would not believe what a treasure paper crayon shapes are! This group’s favorite book was “Monsters Love Colors.”

Friday morning
My Friday morning group loved the flannelboard rhyme best. Afterwards, I turned the board around and took a color off, letting them guess what I had taken. There was a lot of gleeful screaming. Their favorite book was “Go to Bed, Monster” since I had perfected my monster voice by the second storytime!

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Weather!

The Plan

Books

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Hello Sun! by Dayle Ann Dodds
Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch
Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins
Wow Said the Owl by Peter Hopgood

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “What’s the Weather?”
What’s the weather, what’s the weather?
What’s the weather, everyone?
Is it windy, is it cloudy?
Is there rain or is there sun?

App: Kid Weather

Action Rhyme: “Rain Is Falling Down” (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH (clap once loudly)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH (clap once loudly)
Pitter patter pitter patter (tap legs softly)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH (clap once loudly)
Credit: King County Library System

Song: “Mister Sun”
Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun
Please shine down on me
Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun
Hiding behind a tree
These little children are asking you
To please come out so we can play with you
Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun
Please shine down on me
Credit: Childhood

Song w/ Shakers & Scarves: “Noisy Wind” (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
I like the noisy wind
I like the noisy wind
It roars and mutters (loud, then soft)
And shakes and shutters (shake eggs)
I like the noisy wind
Credit: Harris County Public Library

Craft

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This was a weather wheel craft from Oriental Trading. I did a similar version of it for my outreach storytimes in Letter W, but went ahead and ordered this one for the library. Overall, I probably should have just made the teen volunteers cut another set of the homemade version since I think it went over better.

How It Went

This storytime was months and months ago at this point, but I realized that I had never written it up! This was my first time using the iPad in regular morning storytime, and it was pretty awesome to see the kids interacting with the Kid Weather app. All of the extension activities were super fun, and Maisy’s Wonderful Weather book was everyone’s favorite since it’s a pop-up.

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Number Ten!

The Plan

Books

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I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr.
Ten Moonstruck Piglets by Lindsay Lee Johnson
Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Ten Fluffy Chickens”
Five eggs and five eggs
And that makes ten
Sitting on top
Is Mother Hen
Cackle cackle cackle
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens
Yellow as can be

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Umbrellas & Ten Little Raindrops”
One little, two little, three little umbrellas
Four little, five little, six little umbrellas
Seven little, eight little, nine little umbrellas
Ten umbrellas up for the rain
Repeat with raindrops going on top of umbrellas – last line “Ten raindrops falling down.” Pull raindrops away, counting down – last line “No raindrops out today.” Pull umbrellas away, counting down – last line, “Everything’s put away!”

Action Song: “Ten In the Bed”
There were ten in the bed and the little one said, “Roll over, roll over.”
So they all rolled over and one fell out.
(count down until)
There was one in the bed and the little one said, “I’ve got this all to myself.”
Credit: Childhood

Craft

The kids finished their coloring books today! It was so awesome to see all of the pages filled in!

How It Went

I did this storytime right around the beginning of March, when Chicagoland had a sudden warm-up and we thought spring was here! The kids loved the flannelboard with the umbrellas since it was mirroring what was happening outside that day. (I always love when that works out!) Their favorite books were “Ten Little Caterpillars” and “I’m the Biggest Thing In the Ocean.” My favorite part of storytime was when one kid shouted out, “HE DESERVED TO BE EATED” during “I’m the Biggest Thing.”

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Number Eight!

The Plan

Books

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Bears! Bears! Bears! by Bob Barner
Funny Tails by Liesbet Slegers
Octopus Opposites by Stella Blackstone
Ten Nine Eight by Molly Bang
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Eight Teddy Bears”

Action Rhyme: “I’m a Little Octopus”
Arm #1 goes swish, swish, swish (swing arms back and forth)
Arm #2 helps me catch fish (wiggle hand back and forth)
Arm #3 pats my head (pat hand on head)
Arm #4 makes sure I’m fed (put hand to mouth)
Arm #5 swims me to shore (move arms in swimming motion)
Arm #6 touches the ocean floor (touch hand to floor)
Arm #7 can grab and tug (open and close hands)
But all eight arms give me a hug! (cross arms and hug yourself)
Credit: Pubyac Compilation

Fingerplay: “Two Mother Pigs”
Two mother pigs lived in a pen (show thumbs)
Each had four babies, and that made ten (show fingers & thumbs)
These four babies were black as night (thumb in palm, wiggle fingers)
These four babies were black and white (switch hands, repeat)
But all eight babies loved to play
And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day (roll hands)
At night, with their mother, they curled up in a heap (clasp hands)
And squealed and squealed till they fell fast asleep.
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Song: “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
Credit: Childhood

Craft
Still working on our number book!

How It Went

I have to say it…eight was great! Really, the kids loved EVERY book and were so attentive during the stories. I personally enjoyed “Bears, Bears, Bears” which shows eight different kinds of bears, and “Funny Tails” where the kids had the opportunity to correct me during the eight different animal match-ups. It is always a pleasure to have thirty tiny voices shouting, “No, Miss Katie, that’s WRONG!” when you try and give a fish a pig’s tail.

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Number Seven!

The Plan

Books

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Quack and Count by Keith Baker
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
Seven Hungry Babies by Candace Fleming
Who Is Driving? by Leo Timmers

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Seven Continents

Action Rhymes: “Number Poems”
Number 1 is like a stick
A straight line down, that’s very quick!
For number 2 go right around
Then make a line across the ground!
Go right around, what will it be?
Go round again to make a 3!
Down and over and down some more
That’s the way to make a 4!
Go down and around, then you stop
Finish the 5 with a line on top!
Make a curve, then a loop
There are no tricks to making a 6!
Across the sky and down from heaven
That’s the way to make a 7!
Credit: CanTeach

Song: “Seven!” (Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
S-e-v-e-n spells seven.
S-e-v-e-n spells seven.
Seven airplanes in the sky,
Seven boats are floating by.
Let’s all shout “Hip, Hip, Hooray!”
For number seven.
S-e-v-e-n spells seven.
S-e-v-e-n spells seven.
Seven cars race on the track,
Seven trucks with heavy stacks.
Let’s all shout “Hip, Hip, Hooray!”
For number seven.
Credit: Mrs. Jones’ Room

Craft

Still working on our coloring book!

How It Went

We had a great time in storytime this week — I thought that number seven was going to be a tricky number to find books for, but it actually turned out to be much easier, thankfully. The kids absolutely loved “Seven Blind Mice” and guessing what it was that the mice were looking at. After I read that book, I talked to them about where in the world the story had come from. That’s when I pulled out my flannelboard pieces of the continents, pieces soon to come for a Flannel Friday post!

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Number Six!

The Plan

Books

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Digby Takes Charge by Caroline Jayne Church
The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy
I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd
Scoot by Cathryn Falwell

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Six Little Bumblebees”

Song: “Six Little Ducks”
Six little ducks that I once knew
Big ones, little ones, fair ones too
But the one little duck with a feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack! Quack, quack, quack!
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Down to the water they did go
Wibble wobble, wibble wobble to and fro
Home from the water they did come
Wibble wobble, wibble wobble, ho-hum-hum!
Credit: Childhood

Craft

Again, we worked on our coloring books!

How It Went

Six was another great number for books…though I did struggle to find extension activities for it. For whatever reason, the even numbers have been far harder than the odd numbers. I did stretch it a bit with “I Love Bugs,” but since most bugs have six legs, that counts in my book! Their favorite book was probably “Digby Takes Charge” at this storytime.

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