SLC Book Boy

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Tools Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Monkey With a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem – Chris Monroe

monkey tool belt

(The kids were quite engaged with this, despite it’s length. I did clip some of the busier pages together. Fun story!)

Activity: Matching game


Each of the professions was introduced, and placed on the flannel board. Then I would bring out a tool and have the kids tell me which person needed it for their job. It was fun, and having actual tools seemed to generate greater interest. Painter-brush, Construction worker-hammer, Doctor-Bandaid, Chef-Pizza Cutter, Postal Worker-Letter. I also thought about having a superhero with a cape, but didn’t manage to get the prop I needed.)

Book: Toolbox Twins – Lola M. Schaefer

toolbox twins

(This was a replacement because my original choice failed miserably! It certainly worked better, though I feel it’s still a bit tedious)


(the biggest book flop I’ve had. No one was engaged, so I replaced it for my second storytime of the week.)

Activity: Construction song

 The backhoe scoops the dirt.
The backhoe scoops the dirt.
Hey-ho! Look at it go!
The backhoe scoops the dirt.

(Act out the motions, and continue with:)

The dump truck dumps the dirt…
The roller rolls it flat…
The cement mixer spins…
The crane lifts up and down…

(This was a nice get up and move activity. We cycled through the list twice.) 

Book: Machines Go to Work in the City – William Low

machines go to work

(This was well received, though I stretched the theme a little. Nice fold outs add interest.) 

Activity: 5 Little Nails

Five little nails

Standing straight and steady

Here come a builder

With a hammer ready!

Bam! Bam! Bam!

The nail goes down

And now there are Four nails left to pound!

(continue with remaining nails)


(Sometimes I think props aren’t the best choice, a finger play version of this might have been better with the fingers of one hand as nails, and the other fist pounding them down. Ideally you could do both!)

Book: The Magic Toolbox – Mie Araki


(A nice simple story with bright illustrations. A great way to finish.)

Activity: Toolbox Craft



(I had the kids identify the tools in my pre-made box, then let them make their own. [two sheets of paper, one folds to make the toolbox, the other has the tools and handle to cut out])

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