Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pre-K Robot Storytime, Friday, August 12 @ 10:30


There are two great reasons for doing a robot storytime. One is doing the robot voice, and the other is those great robot crafts. Seriously, we teach children how to baaa like a sheep -- the robot voice is much more fun. 

Robots, like Fancy Nancy, are known for their large vocabularies. Story? It's a book-with-many-pictures. Song? Musical-interlude. Kids? Small-humans. Parents? Large-humans. Dance? Wiggling-of-the-body.


  • Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman.  What's the difference between a boy and his robot? This funny book is juuuust enough of an adventure to grab attention.
  • R is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet by Adam F. Watkins.  Great intro. A is for AHOOGAH, Z is for ZAP! Great for teaching sounds. I was going to use just a few letters from this alphabet book, going by children's names. But I had a surprisingly big crowd and I couldn't have done everyone.  So next time, plan on doing a short word, like Greetings.  
  • Rolie Polie Olie by William Joyce.  I'm not sure if Rolie Polie Olie is an alien or a robot, but he's awfully cute and leads a rich and varied life we all would like to emulate. Might need to shorten a bit, but I esp. like the daily routine in this book of a good little Rolie. 
  • If You're a Robot and You Know It by David Carter. Pretty great; a pop-up book AND a great theme song you can dance to. Doesn't get better than that.
  • Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell.  This has two chapters, you might want to just pick one.  In the first they have to pick what to have on their pizza (veg for Rabbit, nuts and bolts for Robot), or Chapter Two, when they settle in to watch TV, only to discover that Rabbit has lost the remote.  This Robot says things like, I have some data that will interest you."
  • The Three Little Robots and the Big Bad Alien by Margaret McNamara.  This is just a bit too long for the 2 - 4s.
  • Swing Otto Swing by David Milgrim.  Short and sarcastic.
  • Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino.   Doug is a young robot who decides to unplug himself and go see the real world.  Beginning to see a theme?  This book succeeded with a crowd of three year olds who got the giggles.
  • Hello, Robots! by Bob Staake.  This would be a fun one to do by making flannelboard.  Four happy robots bustle about doing their own tasks until -- whoops! --  shower of water ruins their mechanics and they jumble their tasks.  Easy fix: they switch heads and all is well.
  • Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin. Soooo strange. Book turns into a robot book.
  • Robot Zombie Frankenstein! by Annette Simon.  Robots + shapes = pretty good time.


Parts of a robot body:  

Sensors: Eyes, noses, mouths
Control system: Brain
Power Supply: Stomach
End Effectors: Arms & Legs.


If You're a ROBOT and You Know It by David A. Carter.  Only the best!


Hadn't saved any CD cases, so I thought I'd try Gliding Robot Craft

Used some geometric shapes plus stickers and googly eyes to create robots out of construction paper.

An old CD case and a few nuts and bolts becomes a robot — and you can open him up and tinker with him too. Pretty cool, huh?

We did this today. I set out empty CD cases, sheets of paper to cut inside, squares for heads, strips for arms and legs, tinfoil for whatever, an assortment of nuts, bolts, washers, brads and buttons, round stickers, paper reinforcers, and pipecleaners. I loved what the kids came up with. Some folded the paper strips to make arms. Others added tinfoil hands. All the heads turned out a bit different. One little girl added a heart to hers and soon they were all making hearts out of tinfoil, pipecleaners, and bunches of buttons. One little girl even added the head of a robot inside the CD tummy of her robot — a pregnant mommy robot!

Next time I’ll be sure to set out double sided tape or glue dots to attach the buttons and washers.

Just Dance Kids 2 - The Robot Song (Wii Rip)

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