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When a Dragon Moves In - Storytime Online

Hello everyone! We hope you are all excited for When A Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore!

Leanna and I have put together a bunch of fun activities and crafts for the little ones. Starting on Monday, August 2nd (today), the kits will be available to pick up for our online storytime.

Enjoy a borrowed copy of the book, and have fun doing the activities. Please return the book after you are done; everything else is yours to keep!

"When A Dragon Moves In" by Jodi Moore

“On a beautiful day at the beach, a young boy brings his bucket, shovel, and imagination, and builds a perfect sand castle. Right away, a dragon moves in. The boy decides to befriend his dragon and they spend time roaming the shore, flying a kite, braving the waves, defying bullies, and roasting marshmallows—all while Dad is busy sunbathing and Mom is engrossed in her book. Unfortunately, no one believes the boy when he tries to share the news of this magnificent creature. That’s when the mischief begins, and the dragon becomes a force to be reckoned with. While adults will recognize the naughty antics as a ploy for attention, children will dissolve into giggles as the dragon devours every last sandwich, blows bubbles in the lemonade, and leaves claw prints in the brownies. Maybe the dragon really is running amok on the beach, or maybe it’s a little boy’s imagination that is running wild.”

You will have to return this book to the library; everything else is yours to keep!

You will have the book read to you by actor and filmmaker Mark Duplass. He did such a great job; we hope you enjoy his reading as much as we did!

Kits include:

  • a borrowed copy of When A Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore

  • information page

  • colors game (5 colored sandcastles)

  • a flyer for this website

  • 4 activity pages

  • 2 coloring pages

  • rhymes/song pages with web links (instrument included)

  • Sandcastle craft with a seashell

  • 3 magnets from the story

  • stickers

HANDOUT GAMES – play with included castle handouts

Can You Show Me…?

(tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

Can you show me the red castle?

Red castle, red castle?

Can you show me the red castle?

And wave it in the air?

Green… yellow… purple… blue

Hold It High – Choose one castle from handouts

Hold your castle high and stand

Now wave it around in gestures grand!

Hold your castle below your chin

Now hold it way up high again

Hold your castle against your nose

Now touch the castle to your toes

Touch your castle to the ground

Now wave that castle all around!

Hold your castle in front of you

Now turn around – one time, two!

Hold your castle and jump up high!

Now let your castle fly fly fly (throw it in the air)

SONGS & INSTRUMENTuse included instruments

Fly Like a Dragon by Ryan's World

Day at the Beach! by AO Kids

Dragon in My Wagon by Funny Friends!

Happy Dragon by Helen Doron Song Club

BOUNCE RHYME (bounce along with child in lap)

A Day at the Beach

Whoosh goes the wind

Sniff sniff goes my nose

Crash goes the waves

Splish splash go my toes

(tickle child’s toes)

I'll hunt for seashells

You sift the sand

Let's build a sand castle

as high as we can!

(lift child up high)

for lunch we'll have crackers

some juice and a peach

Oh my! what fun

is this day at the beach!

(clap hands)


Little Dragon

Little dragon counts to three.

Little dragon bends one knee.

Little dragon whistles and sings.

Little dragon flaps his wings.

Little dragon touches his toes

Little dragon scratches his nose.

Little dragon makes a funny face

Little dragon runs in place.

Little dragon lays on the floor.

Little dragon starts to snore.

5 Green Dragons

Five green dragons making such a roar.

One danced away and then there were four.

Four green dragons dancing around a tree.

One danced away and then there were three.

Three green dragons dancing around you.

One danced away and then there were two.

Two green dragons dancing in the sun.

One danced away and then there was one.

One green dragon having lots of fun

She danced away and then there were none.

Fly Dragon, Fly

(Tune: "Skip to My Lou")

Fly, fly, dragon fly.

Fly, fly, dragon fly.

Fly, fly, dragon fly.

Way up in the sky!

Hop, hop, dragon hop.

Hop, hop, dragon hop.

Hop, hop, dragon hop,

stop dragon stop!

Turn, turn, dragon turn.

Turn, turn, dragon turn.

Turn, turn, dragon turn.

Sit, dragon, sit!

Down at the Seashore

Down at the seashore, isn't it grand?

Wiggling my toes in the soft warm sand

(wiggle toes)

Building a tall sand castle where the dragon can stay

(building motions)

But when the tide comes rushing in

(wave arms for the tide)

He will have to move away!

(wave goodbye)

Splashing in the water of the cool blue sea

(wave hands in splashing motions)

Playing wave tag, in and out, you can't catch me!

(step forward and back)

Holding up a seashell tightly to my ear

(hold fist to ear)

Shhh! It's telling me a secret that only I can hear

(other hand holds finger to lips)


Jodi Moore’s website:

Flashlight Press’s page on When A Dragon Moves In:

Let us know what your little ones thought of When A Dragon Moves In! What did they think of the activities? Do you have any suggestions for us?

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