Breathing Fire in the Storytime Room (Dragon Storytime)

For the spring storytime session my partner and I decided to do dragon stories in general as our semester long theme. To introduce it to the group, I decided to read all dragon books and do a full on dragon storytime this week.

I am starting to find myself using Kelly DiPucchio books an awful lot, but I have no shame because her books are perfect for my preschool age kiddos. I started with another great one of hers, Dragon Was Terrible. This is about a dragon who is tormenting a village in some pretty silly (but still terrible) ways.

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Next, we practiced our fire breathing with this song I found from the Jacksonville Public Library. I handed out scarves that we used as our fire breath while singing the song, “Breathing Fire,” to the tune of “London Bridge”.

Little Dragon, breathing fire
Breathing fire, breathing fire
Little dragon breathing fire
Little dragon!
toward the ground
on your head
on your nose
in the sky
The second book we read was The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino.  This adaptation of The Ugly Duckling, features a dragon living in a family of crocodiles. It provides a lot of good opportunities for asking the kids questions about what they think might happen next.

crocodilenotlikewater

I then did a variation on “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.” I found this “Dragon Hunt” rhyme from the Johnson County Library. I printed out pictures to match each obstacle we faced in the rhyme, and then used a dragon puppet at the very end when we find a dragon.

We’re going on a dragon hunt, and we’re not afraid

There’s a tall mountain

Can’t go under it, can’t go around it, guess I’ll go over it

We’re going on a dragon hunt, and we’re not afraid

There’s a wide river

Can’t go over it, can’t go around it, guess I’ll swim across it

We’re going on a dragon hunt, and we’re not afraid

There’s some tall grass

Can’t go over it, can’t go around it, guess I’ll go through it

We’re going on a dragon hunt, and we’re not afraid

There’s a castle!

Can’t go over it, can’t go under it, guess I’ll go in it

We’re going on a dragon hunt, and we’re not afraid

OH! It’s a dragon!

Run out of the castle, go through the grass, swim across the river, climb over the mountain, run home, open the door, jump into bed

We went on a dragon hunt, and we weren’t afraid.

Finally I read (or should I say sang) There Was and Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Parker Klostermann. While I was reading this I happened to catch the one kiddo in my group who usually just sits there stony faced through storytime SMILING. So this book is clearly a winner in my opinion.

dragonswallowedknight

For this week’s craft we worked as a group to paint a giant picture of a dragon with paint dots. Since we could only have about 4 or 5 kids working on this at a time, I also had out dragon pictures that they could color with crayons. The large dragon will be the starting point for our semester build this spring.

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