Who loves to dig up dirt and have lots of fun doing it? Why construction trucks and dogs, of course! Our last “Just Dig It” storytime for the summer was about a little backhoe trying to dig out a rock, a construction crew building a neighborhood truck and a bunch of dogs digging in all the wrong places.
A dump truck name Tom, mentors Digger, a little backhoe, in “Digger and Tom” by Sebastien Braun. Digger attempts to move a rock at the construction site, but realizes it is much bigger than he first thought. Soon the other construction trucks boast that they will move it with no problem, but they can’t, either! With encouragement from Tom, Little Digger starts anew to dig the rock out, and he does! Cheers go up for Digger’s accomplishment from the truck crew.
“The Construction Crew” by Lynn Meltzer was a good book with rhyming text that had the children joining in and finishing the sentences. If the children couldn’t read the rhyming word for the truck, they were able to identify the vehicle from the pictures. Children also joined in to talk about their neighborhood and some that were moving to another town.
The last book was “See Me Dig”by Paul Meisel. This was just a fun book. A group of dogs first start digging in the “front yard” of some woodland creatures. The creatures get mad and start to chase the dogs. The dogs then run far enough away to start digging in some tropical sand where they then open it to unleash pirate ghosts. Oh boy – do the dogs run now! This all ties into construction when the group of dogs end up finding a backhoe at a construction site. Finally a place to dig!
A dump truck with a moveable parts was the craft. Using brass fasteners, the bed of the truck was attached to the body of the truck. The wheels were glued on with markers rounding out the craft experience. Children drew in people and other details on their trucks.
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