Dig Into Reading: Construction Storytime

Our toddler storytime theme for the second week of dig into reading is Construction!

After crowd sourcing the Flannel Friday facebook page for some tips and insight on using sign language in storytimes I have decided to start each toddler storytime with two ASL words that go with our theme.  I am picking words that will come up in the songs and books for that day so kids get multiple opportunities to learn them.  I introduce the words with a little sign for each one.  Here are our signs for the construction storytime:

Build and Truck ASL

This is my second week doing it and it seems to be going pretty well so far!

Construction Picture Books:

dino dig
Dinosaur Dig By Penny Dale
Roadwork by Sally Sutton,
Illus. by Brian Lovelock
hush little digger
Hush Little Digger by Ellen Olson-Brown,
Illus. by Lee White  (I think the parents enjoyed this one even more than the kids– it is a really great read with hilarious pictures!)

Songs & Fingerplays

“Scoop and Dump”
inspired by Scoop and Dump from Neo Today (although changed quite a bit)
(tune to “Mary had a little lamb”) and with the sign for TRUCK

Scoop! Goes the TRUCK in the dirt, in the dirt, in the dirt,
Scoop! Goes the TRUCK in the dirt, scoop up all the dirt!

Reach! Goes the TRUCK into the sky, to the sky, to the sky,
Reach! Goes the TRUCK into the sky, holding up the dirt!

Fast! Goes the TRUCK on the road, on the road, on the road,
Fast! Goes the TRUCK on the road, carrying the dirt!

Dump! Goes the TRUCK into the hole, to the hole, to the hole,
Dump! Goes the TRUCK into the hold, filling it with dirt!

I passed around egg shakers and we danced and shook to “If You’re Happy and You Know it, Start Your Truck” from the TONKA Dig it Sandbox Tunes. We also did our weekly favorite- “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum”.


In addition to the songs I had two flannel activities. One was Johnny’s Hammers, which was on this week’s flannel friday. I also printed out and blew up the images of the different trucks in the SLP 2013 manual (sorry! I don’t know what page!) and then copied them onto colored paper. We talked about what colors the trucks were and what kind of trucks they were. I did this kind of last minute because I had noticed last week that we should be talking about our colors a bit more as they are much more comfortable with counting than colors.

This craft is also from the SLP manual and I also do not have the page number on me atm (sorry, I suck!). Anyways, I had everything pre-cut and the kids just colored the two pieces, and glued on the truck part. I then had them bring their artwork up to Miss Meg and I fastened the dumper onto the piece of paper. The kids really loved it and they all turned out great!

I have also started something else new with this round of storytimes!  I have started to make little half sheets with the songs, books, and a literacy tip for parents and caregivers to take home.  It seems to be going great so far and I plan on writing up a blog post about it in the coming week.

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Miss Meg.