Construction Toddler Storytime

construction toddler

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Hello, Hands. Good-bye, Hands.
Hello, hands. (Wave hands in front of face.)
Good-bye, hands. (Hide hands behind back.)
Hello, hands. Good-bye, hands.
My hands were feeling shy today. (Keep hands hidden.)
But now they’re feeling better! (Bring hands out, wave frantically, and smile HUGE.)
Repeat with feet, face, etc.
Source: King County Library System

Book: Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges

Song – “Hammer Ring” – Barry G and the Dream Jam Kids

This is the Way We Build Our House
This is the way we pound our nails,
pound our nails, pound our nails,
This is the way we pound our nails,
So early in the morning.
This is the way we saw our wood…
Turn the screw
Stack the bricks
Paint the walls
Source: Everything Preschool

A House for Me
The carpenter’s hammer
Goes rap, rap, rap, pound hand with fist
And his saw goes see, saw, see,
Move arm in sawing motion
He hammers and hammers, hammer
And he saws and saws, saw
And he builds a house for me.
Make house out line with fingers
Source: King County Library System 

Book – Tip Tip Dig Dig

Steam Shovel
Here is a steam shovel. Hold right forearm erect, hand drooping
And here is the ground.
two arms enclose area
See the great boom right elbow stationary, forearm moving side to side
Swing round and round.
It dips, it, bites, forearms dips, thumb and fingers in grasping motion
It lifts, it throws, forearm lifts,
thumb and fingers spin
My, how the hole In the ground grows! two hands enclose circle
Digging, scooping,
Lifting, throwing,
See how the hill
forearms with hands meeting
Beside it is growing
Source: Pre-K Fun

Dump Truck
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuump out the load.
Source: Pre-K Fun

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

Rainbows in my Bubbles
(Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early literacy tip:   Encourage movement in your toddler! Some ideas include:

  • push-and-pull toys from eight months
  • any music
  • simple songs and rhymes that let your toddler copy actions
  • ride-on toys from 12 months
  • playground equipment from 12 months
  • different-sized containers to help your toddler practice fine motor skills by putting small containers into larger ones
  • puzzles and large Lego
  • soft balls to roll and toss and kick
  • Go outside!

 

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