Vrooooooooooom! Into Story Time
This week for story time we got into digging with construction vehicles. We read Dig by Andrea Zimmerman, Curious George and the Dump Truck by H. A. Rey, Dig Dogs Dig: A Construction Tail by James Horvath. Other titles that I considered using but did not have time for were Bulldozers Dig a Pond by Stacey Gabel, Tonka Power Reading Construction Action by Victoria Hickle, and Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri D. Rinker. One boy who is obviously really enthusiastic about trucks kept jumping up out of his seat and coming to the front to touch each picture of a truck and declaring, "I would drive that truck!"
We sang I'm a Little Dump Truck and did a couple of finger rhymes from the CSLP summer reading manual including Tall Buildings in our Town and Tractor Tractor. We sang a version of Little Old Wagon but changed the words to Little Old Dump Truck using a prop made from a manila envelope which I had cut the shape of a dump truck out of and then laminated the top side of the envelope. I then filled the envelope with different colored papers and as we sang each verse we changed the color of the truck by saying a magic word and I would dramatically pull out the first sheet to reveal the next color. And for some variety we did the chant Hi, my name is Joe and I work in a button factory. Silly and good for getting out lots of wiggles. I used the recorded version of this one that is on the CD Wiggles Jiggles and Giggles by Stephen Fite.
Using a simple outline of a truck we made a truck that could "dump" using a brass brad to connect the truck part to the dumper part. The kids colored the truck any color that they liked including quite a few rainbow striped trucks and lots of pink ones too.
Next Week: Underground Critters
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian