story time

Engineering Story Time (Building)

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: Alice the Camel
Alice the Camel has three humps
Alice the Camel has three humps
Alice the Camel has three humps
So go Alice go
Two // One
Alice the Camel has no humps
Alice the Camel has no humps
Alice the Camel has no humps
‘Cause Alice is a horse

Book: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by David Roberts


Of course I had to read this for engineering story time!

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

The kids love, love, love using scarves! I might have to research an additional song or rhyme for next week …

Book: If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

if i built a car.jpg

I hope Chris Van Dusen writes more about this innovative little guy. They’re fantastic for story time and always a big hit.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Wiggle: Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance them to the side,
And dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed.
Source: King County Library System

Book: Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing by April Jones Prince; illustrated by François Roca

21 elephants.jpg

This book is a little uneven as a read aloud. Some parts rhyme, some don’t so it almost sounds as if you’re reading it incorrectly. However, the story is so much fun. And one of my families asked to take it home with them so it must have been enjoyed at least a little!

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

Our activity today was building a bridge to hold 21 elephants! I got the idea here. The kids really enjoyed building their own bridges. I used the tops of those baby food squeeze packets to represent elephants. I’d gathered about 50 of them over the past month or so! One little one built her own elephant amusement park and playground instead of a bridge. Brilliant!

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