C is for Construction: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Letter of the Day

Book: Construction by Sally Sutton 
[Have group repeat each repeating phrase. "Hoist the wood!" "Hoist the wood!"]


Book: Dalmatian in a Digger by Rebecca Elliott

Action Song (seated): "Bumpity Bumpity" 
(to the tune of "Ten Little Bubbles." 2x, second time superfast)

Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck [stomp feet to bumpity-bumpitys]
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,

DUUUMMMMMP out the load!

Song: Dance, Freeze, Melt by The Learning Groove from their album Rockin' Red

Book (sung): Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz

Action Song a cappella: "I Can Work with One Hammer"

Action Rhyme (if time): "Five Little Nails"
Five little nails standing straight and steady--                                                                           Here I come with my hammer ready!                                                                                         BAM! BAM! BAM! One nail goes down.                                                                                     Now there are four nails left to pound.

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with "C". Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: Car! [beep! Beep!] Cookie! [nom nom nom]

Reorder/omit elements as audience age demands

Alternative Action Song (standing): "The Vehicles at the Site"
(To the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell")

The backhoe scoops the dirt.
The backhoe scoops the dirt.
Hey-ho! Look at it go!
The backhoe scoops the dirt.
 The dozer pushes dirt…
The dump truck dumps the dirt…
The mixer spins around…
The crane moves up and down…


Tool Chant
[Show four tools and count them out loud together. (Saw, hammer, screwdriver, level, etc)]

I have four tools.
Show me four [kids hold up four fingers].
[OR: "How many?" "Four!" with group answering with number]
What's this called and what's it for?

I have three tools.
Show me three.
Tell me, what could this one be?

I have two tools.
Show me two.
Tell me, what does this one do?

I have one tool.
Show me one.

How does this one get things done?


Alternative book: Backhoe Joe by Lori Alexander
Alternative book: Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia