Building Story Time

Architecture Story Time (Building)

For the summer Build a Better World theme we decided to do a “Building Story Time” for six weeks. Kids will have a story time about a Build A Better World topic and then do a building activity or craft. This program for kids ages 3-6.

This was our first one and it went very well! I had three boys who were “too cool for school” and didn’t participate in the songs or finger play stuff. BUT they sat quietly and not ruin the experience for everyone else so they were good boys. They actively participated in the building activity though so I think that’s the reason they came.

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Six Little Ducks

Book: Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by David Roberts


Of course we had to read this one. I always make sure the kids see his bare bottom in the beginning and the underpants on the bridge at the end. A guaranteed laugh both times. 😀

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Because spiders build webs …

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Book: Young Frank, Architect by Frank Viva

young frank.jpg

This book was about Young Frank and his grandfather Old Frank and exploring old and new architecture.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen

if i build a house.jpg

This book was a big hit. Highly recommended. One of the kids even asked me to check it in so they could take it home and read it again. I always think that’s a sign of success! (Another kid asked for Iggy Peck, Architect as well so it really made me feel like I was making good selections!)

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Baby Shark goes over so well every time I do it I will sing it at every story time I do until the end of time.

After story time I provided three building challenges for them to complete using only mini binder clips, jumbo Popsicle sticks, and clothespins. I got the idea here. I narrowed it down to tallest, strongest, and building using only triangles. The kids did great and seemed to really enjoy using their imaginations.

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