I’m so pleased to offer this guest post from Nichole King of the Morgan Hill Library, Santa Clara County Library, in Morgan Hill, CA. I wasn’t supposed to host Nichole’s entry to this year’s Guest Post Palooza. The blogger who was paired up with Nichole was unavailable and I was the back-up, so this feels a little like fate. When Nichole planned her blog post, I don’t think she knew that I am a participant in the blog Robot Test Kitchen. This isn’t about Robot Test Kitchen, rather it’s about adapting old storytime favorites using current and contemporary themes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Mollie is hosting the Guest Post Palooza. Please visit her blog for the whole Guest Post Palooza round-up. Enjoy, Sharon
Beep! Boop! Bop! It’s Robots!
As a staple for storytime I’m always looking for a way to use the “B-I-N-G-O” tune with my current theme. For this specific storytime we used R-O-B-O-T. I used our Ellison machine to cut out circles and letters to create the flannel and I made up the words:
There is a machine that goes beep-beep and Robot is its name-o!
R-O-B-O-T, R-O-B-O-T, R-O-B-O-T
And Robot is its name-o.
The other one I like to reimagine is “Teddy Wore His Red Shirt”. For robot storytime I changed it to Robot wore his blue shirt. The words to this song are:
Robot wore his blue shirt, blue shirt, blue shirt
Robot wore his blue shirt all day long.
Robot wore his striped pants, striped pants, striped pants
Robot wore his striped pants all day long.
Robot wore his green shoes, green shoes, green shoes
Robot wore his green shoes all day long.
Robot wore his polka dot hat, polka dot hat, polka dot hat
Robot wore his polka dot hat all day long.
First I showed the robot “naked”:
Then with his blue shirt:
Then with his striped pants:
Then with his green shoes:
Then with his polka dot hat:
This of course can be adapted to add more clothes, sillier clothes (like underwear) and with other creatures besides Robots.
These are just a couple of examples of adapting staple storytime flannel boards for more current themes.