SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Robot Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi


Book: Rolie Polie Olie – James Joyce

(Just a smidge long, so we clip some pages. A very fun story though, the kids quite like it.) 


Activity: Build a Bot

(A fun way to identify shapes, and have kids predict what each shape would be used for.) 


Book: Boy + Bot – Ame Dyckman

(A really sweet and funny story. It demonstrates that differences don’t mean you can’t get along.) 


Activity: Lights on the Robot

Tune: The Wheels on the Bus

The arms of the robot swing up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The arms of the robot swing up and down,
All around the room.

The legs of the robot move back and forth…
The head of the robot turns side to side…
The lights on the robot blink on and off (blink eyes)…
The hands of the robot open and close…
The voice of the robot says beep, beep, beep…

(build on each thing, so by the end all of the actions are being done)

(A fun activity for identifying body parts and working on motor skills.) 


Book: Fix This Mess – Ted Arnold

(A very fun book in both the illustrations and the premise. The boy does not like how his robot cleans, and eventually the robot finds the best solution.) 


Activity: Robot Zot 
adapted from the book by Jon Scieszka

(A really engaging ‘puppet’ show. It’s very simplified from the original text.) 

“Robot Zot—Wham Bot! Robot Zot—Bam Bot!
Robot Zot—never fall. Robot Zot—Conquer all!”

Robot Zot crashed his attack ship on earth, there he meets a dangerous enemy!

Bring appliance into view (follow pattern with each)…interact with kids…”does this look like a dangerous enemy? Robot Zot thinks so! Who will win? Robot Zot yells his battle cry,

 “Robot Zot—never fall. Robot Zot—Conquer all!”

Mock battle with Robot Zot and the appliance, Robot Zot wins, hurrah! Then, another appliance (three in all, a vacuum, blender, and mixers)…until the last round, with the pink and blue toy.

Does this look like an enemy?

“This not enemy, is Queen of all Earth.
Robot Zot—rescue bot, Robot Zot—hero bot! ”


Book: Robot Burp Head Smartypants – Annette Simon

(The kids love fthe ake burping, and the baby with the biggest burp.) 


Activity: Instruments

(We ended with instruments this week.) 

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Shapes Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Mouse Shapes – Ellen Stoll Walsh

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(I was a bit reluctant to include this book, the pictures are on the small side for my group. It worked well enough though!)

Activity: Build-a-bot

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(After we saw the mice make things from shapes, we made something too! I had the kids identify each shape as I added it to our creation, and then tell me what we made. They were quite excited during this activity. Then ‘Boop’! we pressed the star and turned it on.)

Book: Press Here – Herve Tullet

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(And this book was all about pressing the dot (circle)! A great interactive adventure.)

Activity: Shape Matching

(The kids were so good at following the books directions, we decided to do some more direction following. I passed out various colored shaped to the kids, and then held up my copies one at a time, and if they had matching shapes the kids help up theirs too. We matched colors, and then had them returned by shape. The kids had fun with it!)

Book: Perfect Square – Michael Hall

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(This was probably the most dryly received. Even so, it worked all right.)

Activity: A House for Rosy (from the book A House for Birdie by Stuart Murphy)

Rosy does not have a house.

Whenever it rains she gets wet, when the wind blows she gets cold.

So she decided to ask her friends to help her find a house.

On the way they find lots of houses that fit her friends perfectly,

but nothing for rosy!

Finally, the friends decide to build her a house.

And it fits just right!

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(The kids were very excited about his one. It was difficult keeping them off the flannel board when a new house appeared, they just Knew which bird was supposed to go in it!)

Book: It looked Like Spilt Milk – Charles G. Shaw

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(Then I mentioned that shapes can look like anything, as long as it goes all the way around. The kids loved yelling out the shapes, my favorite was a little boy who had me turn the page back to the cake to correct me and say ‘It’s a boat!’ )

Activity: Bubbles!

(Finally, what shape are bubbles? Circles! And the kids had a grand time playing in them.)

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Outer Space Storytime

This underwent considerable revision between the Tuesday and Thursday programs. I was surprised at how few good storytime books there are for the theme! Even looking for ‘alien’ etc. I think it’s because most of the stories were narrated, rather than having characters ‘interact’. See what I cut out at the end of the post.

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Austronaut Piggy Wiggy – Christyan and Diane Fox

(No one in the crowd seemed very interested in this story. I’ve used the pirate Piggy Wiggy before and it was much more popular. Not sure why this one flopped.)

Activity: Robot Zot (based on the story by John Scieszka)

(Zot with the ‘dangerous enemies’, and his Queen)

Bring Robot into view,

“Robot Zot—Wham Bot! Robot Zot—Bam Bot!

Robot Zot—never fall. Robot Zot—Conquer all!

 Robot Zot crashed his attack ship on earth, there he meets a dangerous enemy! “

 Bring appliance into view (follow pattern with each)…interact with kids…”does this look like a dangerous enemy? Robot Zot thinks so! Who will win? Robot Zot yells his battle cry,

 “Robot Zot—never fall. Robot Zot—Conquer all!”

 Mock battle with Robot Zot and the appliance, Robot Zot wins, hurrah! Then, another appliance (three in all, a blender, mixers, and hand vac)…until the last round, with the pink and blue toy.

“Does this look like an enemy?

This not enemy, is Queen of all Earth.

Robot Zot—rescue bot, Robot Zot—hero bot!

 Robot rescues toy and runs off behind flannel board.

 And off they go in the spaceship to explore another distant galaxy.

(I was glad to have a chance to use this again, it was so popular during my Robots theme. These crowds weren’t quite as excited about it, but it still had a good reception.)

Book: Moon Plane –  Peter McCarthy

(A simply story with very nice pictures. It’s fun to throw in some vehicle noises as well.)

Activity: If you’re going to the moon

sung to  ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It,’

If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, and you want to get there soon
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)

…wear your suit (ziiiiiiip)

…wear your gloves (clap, clap)

…wear your helmet (pat, pat)

(then we blasted off!)

Rocket

I am a rocket crouched on the ground,

(put arms over headfor rocket’s nose)

Waiting quietly without a sound (put finger to lips)

Light this fuse on my little toe, (wiggle toe)

Ready for blast-off? Here I go!

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Whoooooooosh!

(jump into the air)

Book: There was a bold lady

(This is a nice variation of swallowing the fly. I got some good guesses about what she wanted the star for!)

Activity: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (with sign language)

(I’ve used this before, I  don’t remember what the theme was, so it was easy to stick in as a last minute replacement. It was so popular we did it three times!) 

Book: Star Climbing – Lou Fancher

(Really nice illustrations, but I’m not sure the kids understood the concept of constellations. Still, we had fun identifying the animals and making their noises.)

Activity: Bubbles

(The we pretended the bubbles were stars and caught them! Played Zoom Zoom from the CD Purple Collection by Ladybug Music. Such a fun song!)

What got kicked out–

I had Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy as part of the storytime, with some pages clipped together, but it was too similar to Astronaut Piggy Wiggy. I also cut Green Wilma Frog in Space by Ted Arnold. I think it could work, but it switched it for the less wordy Moon Plane. I also replaced There Was A Bold Lady Who Wanted a Star (which I had prepped as a flannel board) with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star so I could tell it in the original book form.

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Robot Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Robots Everywhere – Denny Hebson

 

(I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book.)

Flannel board: Five Noisy Robots (see at end)

 (A variation of 5 green and speckled frogs.)

Book: Rolie Polie Olie – William Joyce

 

Activity: Lights on the Robot (see at end)

 (A variation of Wheels on the Bus.)

Book: If I Had a Robot – Dan Yaccarino

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Puppets: from Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka (see at end)

 

(Used a toy robot, and battled kitchen appliances with it. Then the ‘Queen’ wins Zot’s heart. It was really popular, got an encore.)

Book: Robot Dog – Mark Oliver

 

Activity: Build a Robot (see at end)

(Emphasizing shape recognition, we assembled a robot!)

Play with Instruments

The Parts:

Five Noisy Robots (to the tune of “5 green and speckled frogs”)

Five noisy robots ran, around an oil can

trying to keep their joints all free

creak, creak,

One felt a drop of rain, and could not move again,

Now there were four robots that ran.

Huff, Huff

(count down remaining)

Lights on the Robot (To the tune of “Wheel on the bus”)

The arms of the robot swing up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The arms of the robot swing up and down,
All around the room.

The legs of the robot move back and forth…
The head of the robot turns side to side…
The lights on the robot blink on and off (blink eyes)…

The hands of the robot open and close…
The voice of the robot says beep, beep, beep…

-build on each thing, so by the end all of the actions are being done-

Robot Zot: from the book by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon

Bring Robot into view,

“Robot Zot—Wham Bot! Robot Zot—Bam Bot!

Robot Zot—never fall. Robot Zot—Conquer all!”

“Robot Zot crashed his attack ship on earth, there he meets a dangerous enemy!

Bring appliance into view (follow pattern with each)…interact with kids…”does this look like a dangerous enemy? Robot Zot thinks so! Who will win? Robot Zot yells his battle cry,”

 

“Robot Zot—never fall. Robot Zot—Conquer all!”

Mock battle with Robot Zot and the appliance, Robot Zot wins, hurrah! Then, another appliance (three in all, a lamp, blender, and mixers )…until the last round, with the pink and blue toy.

“Does this look like an enemy?

“This not enemy, is Queen of all Earth.

Robot Zot—rescue bot, Robot Zot—hero bot!”

 

Robot rescues toy and runs off behind flannel board.

” And off they go in the spaceship to another distant galaxy. “

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