Friday, December 27, 2013

Beep, Boop... Robots! - A Storytime Outline

I started out my summer storytimes with the awesome theme of Robots. The children LOVED it! One newcomer thought it was awesome that they got make a craft and take it home with them!

Hello, Robots written and illus. by Bon Staake (T)
This was a really good book. I wish I had it a big book format so that the little toddlers could see the pictures better. This is book is great for asking questions. What is that robot doing right now?

If I Had a Robot written and illus. by Dan Yaccarino (T, P)
Make sure you ask the children what would their robot do if they had one. Some kids thought it was a good idea for a robot to eat the vegetables that they did not like. Everyone liked the end about chocolate cake... that you don't need a robot to eat that for you.

Oh, No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World written by Mac Barnett and illus. by Dan Santat (P)
This was a good book, but because there was not a lot of descriptive words to help say what was going on you have to make sure to really show the pictures and help the children understand what is happening. The preschoolers did get most of it.

Doug Unplugged written and illus. by Dan Yaccarino (P)
The preschoolers only understand part of this story, but they did like the book overall. I hope the parents understood it more.

Open, Shut Them (T, P) 
follow actions
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Lay them in your lap
Creep them, creep them up to your chin
Open your mouth wide, but don't put your fingers in!
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a big clap
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Lay them in your lap. 

If You're A Robot And You Know It (T, P)
I made lots of felt circles for the kids to hold or wear that acted as their robot buttons that they need to press during the song.

If you're a robot and you know it clank your coils (clap hands)
If you're a robot and you know it clank your coils
If you're a robot and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're a robot and you know it clank your coils

Other lyrics
Clunk your gears (stomp feet)
Press your buttons (felt beep boop)
Do All Three (clap hands, stop feet, press felt button - beep boop)
Source: AnnesLibraryLife

Touch Your Nose (T, P) 
follow actions
Touch your nose
Touch your chin
That's the way this game begins
Touch your eyes
Touch your knees
Now pretend you're going to sneeze!
Touch your hair
Touch one ear
Touch your two red lips right here
Touch your elbow where it bends
And that's the way this touch game ends.

Egg Shakers (T)
Can't get enough egg shakers!

Build-A-Bot (T, P)
All the children got to play mad scientist and join together to make a felt robot. I used my one pattern (just different shapes) to create the body, buttons and switches. The children loved it!

Mini Robots (T, P) 
Everyone got to make their own miniature robots that were made out of toilet paper tubes that were wrapped in aluminum foil. To make different parts of the robot there were squares, rectangles, googly eyes, and antennas (pipe cleaners). You will have to use both tape and a glue stick for this craft. The children thought it was awesome. Some of them even used their imagination to create a special job that their robot can do.

Build-A-Bot flannel board,
created by Dorothy WP-CC, 2013
Mini Robots, Toddler and Preschool Storytime craft,
created by Dorothy WP-CC, 2013.


  1. Great job! It looks like you had a lot of fun. I need to go check out If I Had a Robot now.


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