Parachute ideas for all kinds of programs!

Stumped for ideas for using the parachute at storytime?

Think outside the picture books stacks!

Here are some great ideas for incorporating material from other areas of your collection.

Want to make your own clip art?

Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started!

Some easy ways to spice up your site!

Be sure to suggest your favorites in the comments!

Ideas for incorporating factual materials into storytime

There is lots of great nonfiction for kids out there. If I missed your favorite, leave a comment!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Outer Space Storytime... Out of this galaxy!

One of my favorite things to do (now that I have an apartment that comes with its very own private porch) is to lay back in my hammock and look up at the stars. I was very excited to have Outer Space as our theme at story-time this week. It is our last before we take a nice, long break through the month of August and come back in early September, so I tried to make it count.

Astronaut PiggyWiggy by Diane Fox
Goldilocks and the Three Martians> by Stu Smith and illustrated by Michael Garland. I love Michael Garland. His Mystery Mansion is one of my favorites. I thought this was actually the more interesting of the books that we read today. I normally try to vary the age range, but since our friends from the daycare could not come today, this one was a little old for the children who were present this morning. C'est la vie, I guess.

One of my other favorite space-themed books that we did not read because it slipped my mind until I was going through some notes is by author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite notables in children's literature. It's called How to Catch a Star.

-Planet toss (used decorated coasters as planets and tried to get kids to put them back "into orbit" by tossing them towards cardboard stars placed around the floor in the program room)
-Moon bounce race (basically a race of long jumps--this is one where I actually tried to win against small children and still lost. It's tricker than it looks and being bigger is not necessarily an advantage).

-Astronaut coloring page
-Design your own rocket ship

Friday, July 20, 2007

Art Storytime

When I was putting together this week's storytime, I was saddened by how few ideas were floating around on Ye Ol' Internet. There are plenty of craft ideas related to the theme of "art," but a lot of the books are too young for the kids who come to my storytime.

So here's what we actually did wind up doing:


The Dot by Peter Reynolds
Ish by Peter Reynolds (His books have been SO GOOD for my art self-efficacy)
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont

We made masks together. Perhaps not the most original thing, but it is a classic craft for a reason!

Sample Craft:

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Circus storytime

Our theme this week at the library was the circus. Storytime for us is usually a bit of a circus, but this time around it was a bit more deliberate.

-Tightrope Poppy, the Highwire Pig by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.
-Clowns on Vacation by Nina Laden. (I don't know why the reviewers were so harsh on this one.)

-Clown Costume relay race (throw piles of different articles of clothing on the floor, have the kids "get dressed" and run back into line)
-Tightrope walk (you could use a jump-rope, masking tape, 2 by 4s, etc.)
-"Lion taming" (have the kids pretend to be lions and jump through a hula hoop--decorated to look like it's on fire with construction paper)
-Pin the nose on the clown (I used colored pom-poms, but you could use circles cut out of red construction paper)
-Gave out prizes for Best StrongMan impression, Silliest Face, Best Clown Costume, etc.

-Elephant Mask from