Preschool LEGOs and Stories: Animals

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This fall I started a new preschool program called “Preschool LEGO’s and Stories”. We start out with a regular story time, then we finish with LEGO building time, usually related to the theme of the story time (this can be difficult sometimes, since the LEGOs are so expensive, it is hard to buy LEGOs for every theme.)
Preschool LEGO Food COVER

Today’s theme is Animals.

Opening Songs
If You’re Ready..
If you’re ready for a story, take a seat
If you’re ready for some LEGOs, take a seat
Clap your hands and stomp your feet Make your hands all nice and neat
If you’re ready for a story, (& some LEGOs) take a seat
(Adapted from Storytime Katie by Leslie Blount, Fall 2015)

LEGO Song
(To the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)

Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue,
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue,
These are LEGO colors, true!
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue.
(Adapted from Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Leslie Blount 2015)

Video Book: Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Girard can’t dance, and the animals in the jungle make fun of him. He finally finds his rhythm with the help of a friend.  I used this as a video book from https://vimeo.com/33829782.  I haven’t used a video before because they seem a little slow for story time and I think parents would rather see reading.  This book, however, is fun with music and dancing so it worked great.

Song: The Giraffe by The Wiggles, Furry Tales
This is a fun song describing the traits of the giraffe.  We used the rhythm sticks to tap to the beat.

Book: Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson
Realistic looking baby bunny has adventures on a beautiful spring day.

Felt board: Five Little Bunnies
I actually made twelve bunnies so the kids I didn’t call for the numbers could come up for “other friends”.

Five Little Bunnies
One little bunny wondering what to do,
Another bunny came along and then there were two.
Two little bunnies hopping like me,
Another bunny came along and then there were three.
Three bunnies jumping by my door,
Another bunny joined them and then there were four.
Four little bunnies so fluffy and alive,
Another bunny joined them and then there were five.
Five little bunnies ready for some fun,
Hopped away with their other friends in the warm, spring sun.
(Found in “Magic File” in my department)
Five Little Bunnies

Book: My Elephant by Petr Horocek
A little boy has no one to play with, so he calls on his elephant.  The elephant gets in quite a bit of trouble!  A good book about using your imagination.

Song (and Dance): Elephant Pokey based on the Hokey Pokey
I found another animal doing the Hokey Pokey, so why not an Elephant.  We pantomimed the long trunk, the big ears and the tail to make it more fun.

Elephant Pokey
You put your elephant foot in, you put your elephant foot out,
You put your elephant foot in, and you shake it all about
You do the elephant pokey, and you stomp yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

You put your long trunk in, you put your long trunk out,
You put your long trunk in, and you shake it all about
You do the elephant pokey, and you stomp yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

You put your big ear in, you put your big ear out,
You put your big ear in, and you shake it all about
You do the elephant pokey, and you stomp yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

You put your swishy tail in, you put your swishy tail out,
You put your swishy tail in, and you shake it all about
You do the elephant pokey, and you stomp yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

LEGO Build: Build an Animal
There are a thousand things to build with regular size LEGOs, but only a few with DUPLO’s so I have to make up my own. For this build, I purchased the Animal Bingo game from LEGO but used the pieces for building instead.
Animal Bingo
When we do LEGOs as part of story time, I place the LEGOs for each child on a plate and pass them out. I go over how to build the item together.  This one there was a building card from the game and they all were different.  I think this was a little difficult so I encouraged the children to build with their parents.  Not all of them came out like the picture, but that is fine too!

Goodbye Song
(To the tune of Farmer in the Dell)

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.
(Credit: Sunflower Storytime Winter 2010 — Winter 2013/2014)

LEGO Building Time
I put out all the normal LEGOs this month and added some wooden animals from some other toys.  I do have one LEGO Zoo set that I always use, and that was very popular this month.

Preschool LEGOs and Stories: Colors

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This fall I started a new preschool program called “Preschool LEGO’s and Stories”. We start out with a regular story time, then we finish with LEGO building time, usually related to the theme of the story time (this can be difficult sometimes, since the LEGOs are so expensive, it is hard to buy LEGOs for every theme.)
Preschool LEGO Food COVER

Today’s theme is Colors.

Opening Songs
If You’re Ready..
If you’re ready for a story, take a seat
If you’re ready for some LEGOs, take a seat
Clap your hands and stomp your feet Make your hands all nice and neat
If you’re ready for a story, (& some LEGOs) take a seat
(Adapted from Storytime Katie by Leslie Blount, Fall 2015)

LEGO Song
(To the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)

Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue,
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue,
These are LEGO colors, true!
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue.
(Adapted from Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Leslie Blount 2015)

Book: Dogs Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
This is one of my favorite books.  Dog is white, but throughout the day he accumulates spots of different colors, brown mud, yellow mustard, etc.

LEGO Build: Make Dog’s Bone
There are a thousand things to build with regular size LEGOs, but only a few with DUPLO’s so I have to make up my own. For this build, I based it on Dog’s colorful bone on the book cover.
LEGO bone
When we do LEGOs as part of story time, I place the LEGOs for each child on a plate and pass them out. I go over how to build the item together.  This one we tried to find the right color and then stack them on top of each other.  I think this was a little difficult for some of the kids, but some did it perfectly and were so proud of themselves!

Book: Color Dance by Ann Jonas
This book is an introduction to colors and features dancers with scarves.

Song: Just Three Colors by Sesame Street
We danced with scarves to Just Three Colors featuring Big Bird.

eBook: Where is Kitty? by Leslie Blount
This was one of my first LEGO story times, so I was really looking for books that featured DUPLOs.  There wasn’t that many, so I decided to write my own book and put it up on the Power Point.  I used our LEGOs in different scenes.  The kids really enjoyed it, but it was a bit of work. Below are the first few slides of the story.  Ryan can’t find Kitty, so he asks everyone where he went.  It has (of course) a happy ending.
Where it kitty 1
Where it kitty 2
Where it kitty 3

Game: Which LEGO is Next?
I have a large touch screen to present the Power Points. The children can come up and touch the item the next LEGO in the pattern. If they touch the wrong color it disappears. If they touch the correct LEGO, it goes to the next screen where a happy face pops up.
Which lego is next 1Which lego is next 2Which lego is next 3

Goodbye Song
(To the tune of Farmer in the Dell)

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.
(Credit: Sunflower Storytime Winter 2010 — Winter 2013/2014)

LEGO Building Time
Nothing special for this building time, I think colors are inherent in LEGOs, I just encouraged the kids to make towers of patterns like our game. I also gave them the LEGOs from the kitty story and encouraged them to tell their own stories with the LEGOs.

Preschool LEGOs and Stories: Cars

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This fall I started a new preschool program called “Preschool LEGO’s and Stories”.  We start out with a regular story time, then we finish with LEGO building time, usually related to the theme of the story time (this can be difficult sometimes, since the LEGOs are so expensive, it is hard to buy LEGOs for every theme.)
Preschool LEGO Food COVER

This week’s theme is Cars.

Opening Songs
If You’re Ready..
If you’re ready for a story, take a seat
If you’re ready for some LEGOs, take a seat
Clap your hands and stomp your feet Make your hands all nice and neat
If you’re ready for a story, (& some LEGOs) take a seat
(Adapted from Storytime Katie by Leslie Blount, Fall 2015)

LEGO Song
(To the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)

Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue,
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue,
These are LEGO colors, true!
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue.
(Adapted from Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Leslie Blount 2015)

Book: Cars Galore by Peter Stein
A cute rhyming book about different types of cars.

Song: Drive the Car
We started out by pretending to get into the car and put on our seat belts, then did the movements to the song.

Drive the Car
(To the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Drive, drive, drive your car,
All around the town.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Up the hills and down.

Turn, turn, turn the key,
Make the engine roar,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Let’s go to the store.

Press, press, press the pedal,
Give the engine gas,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Now we’re going fast.

Turn, turn, turn the wheel,
This is how we steer.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Make a turn right here.

Push, push, push the brake,
Make the car slow down.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Now we are in town.
(From PreschoolEducation.com)

Book: Toot, Toot, Zoom by Phyllis Root
Pierre has no friends, so he goes out in his car to find some on the other side of a large mountain.  Along the way he picks up some passengers, which he realizes are the friends he was looking for the whole time!

LEGO Build: Make the Letter C
There are a thousand things to build with regular size LEGOs, but only a few with DUPLO’s so I have to scramble for ideas sometimes.  This comes from the LEGO Education Build! Explore! Learn! CD.  They have printouts of how to build all the letters.  When we do LEGOs as part of story time, I place the LEGOs for each child on a plate and pass them out. I go over how to build the item together.
letter c

Book: Red Light, Green Light by Anastasia Suen
This is a nice short book about vehicles with great pictures which ends with “Red light stop, green light go!”

Game: Red Light, Green Lightcars
I had to spend some money of LEGOs this month because, what is a LEGO car program without a lot of cars?  I purchased a knock off set from Amazon “The Community Rescue and Car Set”.  I usually try to buy real LEGOs, but in this case the reviews were so good and the LEGO cars were so expensive, I went with the knock off. They were great quality and lots of fun!

So, every child got a car and we started at one end of the carpet and drove the cars for the Red Light, Green Light game.   We had to play several times because the kids were having so much fun!
Red light green light
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Goodbye Song
(To the tune of Farmer in the Dell)

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.
(Credit: Sunflower Storytime Winter 2010 — Winter 2013/2014)

LEGO Building Time
For today’s building time I made some roads on top of one of my tables.  I also made stop signs, and building stickers to give it some interest.  The kids had a great time racing across the table!
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Preschool LEGOs and Stories: Food

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This fall I started a new preschool program called “Preschool LEGO’s and Stories”.  We start out with a regular story time, then we finish with LEGO building time, usually related to the theme of the story time (this can be difficult sometimes, since the LEGOs are so expensive, it is hard to buy LEGOs for every theme.)
Preschool LEGO Food COVER

My first theme is Food.

Opening Songs
If You’re Ready..
If you’re ready for a story, take a seat
If you’re ready for some LEGOs, take a seat
Clap your hands and stomp your feet Make your hands all nice and neat
If you’re ready for a story, (& some LEGOs) take a seat
(Adapted from Storytime Katie by Leslie Blount, Fall 2015)

LEGO Song
(To the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)

Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue,
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue,
These are LEGO colors, true!
Red, yellow, green and blue, green and blue.
(Adapted from Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Leslie Blount 2015)

Book: Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchel Sharmat
The book is really cute and funny. Gregory wants to eat healthy food while his parents want him to eat

Song: Apples and Bananas
I played a CD of the song along with the kids singing. This song is really good for language development.

Apples and Bananas
(From Raffi: One Light, One Sun)

I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas
I like ate, ate, ate epples and benenes I like ate, ate, ate epples and benenes
I like to eat, eat, eat eepples and beeneenees I like to eat, eat, eat eepples and beeneenees
And I like to ite, ite, ite ipples and bininis I like to ite, ite, ite ipples and bininis
I like to ote, ote, ote, oplles and bononos I like to ote, ote, ote, oplles and bononos
And I like to ute, ute, ute upples and bununus I like to ute, ute, ute upples and bununus

Book: Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper
This book is about how Cupcake is just a vanilla cupcake, nothing special compared to all her fancy decorated friends, but she finds out she can be special too!

Song: Cupcake Shop
I adapted this song and made a flannel board of cupcakes so each child could come up and pick a cupcake. I even thought of making nickels for them to give me to pay, but I ran out of time. Felt board idea from Anne’s Library Life.
cupcakes
Cupcake Shop
Down the corner at the cupcake shop
There were 6 yummy cupcakes with sprinkles on top
Along came _________ with a nickel to pay,
S/he bought the _________(color) one and took it away!

Book: Worms for Lunch by Leonid Gore
The book talks about what different animals eat leading into my next activity.

Game: What Does the Animal Eat?
I have a large touch screen to present the Power Points. The children come up and touch the item the animal eats. If they touch the wrong thing it disappears. If they touch the correct food a happy face pops up.
Preschool LEGO Food game 1
Preschool LEGO Food game 2
Preschool LEGO Food game 3

LEGO Build: Make a Fruit
There are a thousand things to build with regular size LEGOs, but only a few with DUPLO’s so I have to make up my own. I have started adding foam pieces that connect to the tops to make them more interesting. Today, I just used four blocks and added a leaf on the top to make it look more like a fruit. When we do LEGOs as part of story time, I place the LEGOs for each child on a plate and pass them out. I go over how to build the item together.
fruit
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Goodbye Song
(To the tune of Farmer in the Dell)

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.
(Credit: Sunflower Storytime Winter 2010 — Winter 2013/2014)

LEGO Building Time
For today’s building time I made little scenes so the children could pretend they were going shopping. I already have the StoryTales from LEGO Education, so I just made up a few more background and backed them with cardboard (a picture on both sides) then stood them up with LEGO blocks. I made groceries by printing various items on stickers and then I stuck them to two DUPLO blocks. We also had some fruit counters that I added. I encouraged the parents to talk to their children about the scene and what they like to get when they go shopping.
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Welcome to Preschoolers Love Story Time

Preschoolers love story time

Preschoolers Love Story Time is a blog for me to share what we are doing at our story times.  I have learned so much from other sites that I would like to share some of the things I am doing too.  I have a little different spin on things because I used to be a scientist before I became I librarian.  I incorporate a lot of science into my story times.  I also have a special needs child, who has taught me patience and that I need to find ways to include every child in story time.   My goal is to make sure Preschoolers love story time as much as I love teaching them!