Storytime: Dragons!

It has been a month since my last storytime post!  Oops!  I blame the holidays keeping me busy and away from my blogging duties.  I am back this week with a very fun dragon storytime!

Opening Song:  Open, Shut Them.

Book #1:  When a Dragon Moves in by Jodi Moore

In this book, a boy builds a perfect sandcastle at the beach, and a dragon moves into it (because you can’t have a castle without a dragon, don’t ya know).  While having a dragon live in your sandcastle may seem like fun, this particular dragon is a bit mischievous and tends to get the little boy into trouble.  So the boy destroys his sandcastle and vows to never build another one again…until the next day.  With the beach setting, this book is probably better for a summer dragon storytime theme, but it worked pretty well this week.  The kids were all riveted.

Activity #1:  Five Little Dragons

I found this rhyme in Storytime Magic (what would I do without that wonderful book?).  While the book does provide a dragon template, I decided to go with something cuter, so I used some Microsoft Word clipart as my guide for the flannel pieces.  The kids would cry out “Ouch” with me, and we’d breath our fire (blowing three times), and then would flap our arms as we flew away.  They loved it!

Five little dragons with great big scales,
One lost his balance and bumped his tail.
He cried “Ouch!” and breathed some fire,
And then he flew away, higher and higher.

Four little dragons…

Book #2:  Dragon Dancing by Carole Lexa Schaefer

This is a story about a group of school kids who decide to make themselves into one big dragon while in arts and crafts one day.  It’s a great story about using your imagination, and I love how the dragon trapezes through different scenery — it gave us an opportunity to talk about where pandas come from, the differences between butterflies and moths, and to even find the ducks in the pond (at which Quacky got very excited).

Activity #2:  Matching Baby Dragons to their Dragon Eggs

This is a very straightforward activity where we matched different colored (and different patterned) baby dragons to their corresponding eggs.  We did this one as a group, and I started by asking the kids to describe the baby dragon.  The solid colored dragons were easy to describe, the patterned ones required them to use their words (yellow with purple hearts!).  I would then say something like, “Well, if this fella is orange, then he must go with the white egg with gray polka dots.”  The kids would of course shout out no, and I would then suggest another wrong egg and eventually have them tell me which one is the right egg.

Activity #3:  Dragon, Dragon

After our flannelboard, we practiced being dragons again with this rhyme (also from Storytime Magic):

Dragon, Dragon, swoop and sway,
Dragon, Dragon, fly away.
Dragon, Dragon, fly even higher,
Dragon, Dragon, breathe your fire!

Book #3:  Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzychi

In this book, a young boy decides that he would like to have a dragon as a pet.  There are some definite similarities to When a Dragon Moves In, but the dragon in this story isn’t as mischievous.

Closing Song:  Children, Children, Turn Around.


7 thoughts on “Storytime: Dragons!

  1. I love your Five Little Dragons (countdown) fingerplay. So cute! I have been looking for a countdown to pair with my dragon count-up fingerplay for my Chinese New Year storytime tonight. This one is perfect! ❤ Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

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