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Rosie Revere, Engineer

Today was another day of building storytime fun!

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After our opening rhyme we began our book, Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. This is a fantastic book, but it is pretty long, so we broke it up into two parts. We read the first half before we took a break.

Before moving on to our craft, we talked a bit about what exactly makes a house: walls, windows, doors, chimneys, etc. Then the kids went to one of the craft tables, grabbed a paper bag and started making their own houses:

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These were so easy to make, and the kids had a great time. They decorated with crayons and markers first. Next I invited them to choose some paper from a pile of construction paper scraps and scrapbook pages. I told them they could cut and glue the paper however and wherever they wanted. Once they were done decorating, I gave them a discarded library magazine and had them rip out pages. They made little paper balls and filled the paper bag about 2/3 full so it would stand up on its own. They picked out a final piece of paper for their roof, cut it to the size they wanted, and held it in place while I stapled it. Some of the kids even built their houses in different ways, which was great.

Once all the kids were done with their crafts, we played two games. The first was letter matching game. We have carpet squares with letters on them that the kids sit on when we read. I had them put all of the squares down, then I passed out bean bags with letters on them. Their job was to match bean bags with carpet squares.

Once we were done, I had them put the bean bags in a box and pile their carpet squares in the corner while I brought in our next game: a giant version of Ker-Plunk. It’s a super tall tube of chicken wire attached to a wooden base with a hole in it. The kids put long, thin wooden sticks in the holes, threading them through to the other side. Then I passed out hollow plastic balls (the kind you’d find in a ball pit) and let them go crazy. We cleaned up together, first by pulling out and collecting all the sticks, then by putting away the balls.

We repeated our “Five in the Truck” rhyme:

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!

Next, we finished Rosie Revere, Engineer. I can’t recommend this book enough! It’s a rhyming story, so it’s fun to read out loud, and the rhymes are never forced or funny sounding. The pictures of all the different contraptions Rosie makes are funny and silly and bright. Best of all, the book has a great message: the only way to fail is to give up.
Definitely one of my new favorite picture books!

We finished, like usual, with our closing rhyme. This week was the last building storytime. The theme for April storytime will be water!

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