A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa

A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa

We’re on our third week of building storytime!

After our opening rhyme, we read Demolition by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock, the author and illustrator of last week’s Construction. Like ConstructionDemolition is a fun, noisy story that is lots of fun to read aloud. It also provided a good opportunity to talk about what demolition means and how it relates to construction.

Next, we played with the parachute, which is one of the kids’ all-time favorite activities. We played the following games:

  1. “Ring Around the Rosy:” we walked around in a circle while singing the classic nursery rhyme, and we all fell to the floor at the end (we also repeated the rhyme and walked in the opposite direction)
  2. “Pop Goes the Weasel:” I put on a YouTube clip that played the nursery rhyme, threw some soft toys in the middle of the parachute, and told the kids to lift the parachute as high as they could whenever they heard the words “pop goes the weasel”
  3. “The Dance Along Gong Song:” I told the kids what a gong was, put on Jim Gill’s “The Dance Along Gong Song,” and we walked around in the circle, shaking the parachute up and down every time we heard the gong
  4. The Name Game: on the count of three we all lifted the parachute up as high as it would go, and the kids whose names were called ran under the parachute and switched places
  5. “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star:” on the count of three we lifted the parachute as high as we could, went under the parachute and sat on the edges, then sang “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” in our makeshift tent.

For our craft this week, the kids were allowed to free build with Magic Nuudles:


Our last activity was bubbles. I started our bubble machine, passed out bubble wands, and let the kids blow bubbles, catch bubbles, and pop bubbles. This is another favorite of theirs.

Our final book was A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa by Jonathan London and Denis Roche. This is a bright, colorful book with lots of noisy action, which made it a fun read.

After A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa, we repeated our rhyme from last week, “Five in the Truck:”

There were five in the truck
And the little hen clucked,
Move over, move over!
So they all moved over,
And one fell out…

There were four in the truck…
There were three in the truck…
There were two in the truck…

One hen in the truck
And the little hen clucked,
I’ve go the whole truck to myself,
I’ve got the whole truck to myself,
I’ve got the whole truck to myself!

We finished with our closing rhyme.

Join us next week for another building storytime!


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