I decided to make robot costumes. I had my coworkers and parents bring in their brown bags from the grocery store. I cut a slit up the back, arm holes a head hole and then very carefully turned the bags inside out so that all the logos were on the inside. I gave the kids tinfoil, crayons, foam shapes, sequins, jewels and feathers. They all created amazing costumes. (Note that this is the costume I made and it is my very skinny adult sister modeling it, the costumes will fit the kids better.)
For the story time portion I had only three books planned since I wanted to give the kids plenty of time to decorate their costumes.
Boy + Bot by Amy Dyckman
Robot Zombie Frankenstein! by Annette Simon
Hello Robots by Bob Staake
I had two squirmy boys show up on time for my story time. After reading Boy + Bot I felt like they were just not feeling stories. I asked them if they wanted to try a robot song to get the wiggles out or if they wanted to start working on their costumes. The boys really wanted to get started on costumes. When my late arrivals showed up 10 minutes later, they were disappointed to have missed the stories so I did send them home with some of my robot books. As much as I was sorry to skip some of the stories a lot of the kids did spend more than 45 minutes on their costumes. Everyone's costumes came out colorful and fun.