Pre-K Storytime: Robots

This week I did a new-to-me theme:  Robots!  We had another big crowd for this one, and while there were 4 and 5 year olds present, the crowd tended to skew to the 2 and under side of the age range.  Due to this, I felt that the two shorter books worked better than the two longer ones.  Still, this was a really fun, high-interest theme.

Opening Song:  Open, Shut Them


Robot Books

Beep and Bah by James Burks
When Bah the goat finds a single sock one morning, his robot friend, Beep, insists upon finding its missing mate.  The two embark on a journey that involves a lot of stopping to ask random animals about the missing sock.  When the two come to the end of the road and turn around, it’s revealed to the readers that the missing sock is on Bah’s backside!  This is a fun book, but one that I think would work better with slightly older children, or for a one-on-one sharing.  It’s written in a comic book-esque style with mostly dialogue, which I personally find challenging in a read-aloud.  Still, the kids really loved making the various animal sounds as we met the characters, and there were great opportunities for me to ask ‘what’ questions during the story.

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman
Boy and Bot are friends, but when Bot’s power is switched off one day, Boy thinks Bot is sick and tries to nurse him back to health.  That night, when Bot regains power and Boy’s fast asleep, Bot thinks boy is malfunctioning!  This is a sweet story that seemed to hold the older kids’ attention, though not so much with the younger kids.

Hello, Robots! by Bob Staake
Hello, robots!  Metal robots!  Smiling bolt to bolt!  In this colorful story, four robots each have their own job to do, but when they get stuck in the rain, their robo-brains get fried and they confuse their jobs.  Lucky for them, they’re robots and can switch heads to correct the malfunction.  This book was the best received by all the children.

The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli
A toddler receives a puppy as a birthday present, but is more interested in using the box that the puppy came in for imaginative play.  I love this book because I believe that every child should use a cardboard box to pretend to be a robot at least once in their childhood.


Five Noisy RobotsFive Noisy Robots Clip Art – Credit:  Open Clipart via What Happens In Storytime
Five Noisy Robots Rhyme – Credit:  Anne’s Library Life 

Five noisy robots in the toy shop,
Shiny and tall with antennae on top.
Along came a girl with a penny one day.
She bought a noisy robot and took it away.

(continue with 4, 3, 2, 1 noisy robots)

I’m a Little Robot – Credit:  Anne’s Library Life

[to the tune of I’m a Little Tea Pot]

I’m a little robot, short and strong.
Here are my handles, just turn me on.  (press sticker ‘on’ button)
When I get all warmed up, watch me go.
Sometimes fast, sometime slow.  (march in place fast and slow)

If You’re a Robot and You Know It – Credit:  Anne’s Library Life

If you’re a robot and you know it, clank your coils (clap).
If you’re a robot and you know it, clank your coils (clap).
If you’re a robot and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
If you’re a robot and you know it, clank your coils (clap).

…clunk your gears (stomp feet)
…press your buttons (beep, beep)

Rhyme Cube:  Itsy Bitsy Spider and I’m a Little Tea Pot

Closing Song:  Children, Children Turn Around

How It Went:

The activities were a big hit with this group.  Prior to storytime starting, I gave each child a sticker to wear on his/her shirt or hand.  Then for I’m a Little Robot and If You’re a Robot and You Know It, we pretended that the sticker was our on button and that’s what we pressed when the rhymes instructed pressing buttons/turning on.  The kids loved this!


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