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, September 26, 2007

Dragon Storytime...Redux

I was a little apprehensive when I first saw another dragon storytime coming up on my list, but since my crowd this fall is a lot different from when we did dragon storytime earlier this summer, I thought that it might be OK. And it was more than OK, even though we read some of the same books, the activities were different.
Before I read the first book, If I Had a Dragon by Tom Ellery, I had the kids practice making dragon noises. This was accomplished by me holding a dragon and making different farm animal noises, as in: "Does a dragon go 'oink' or does a dragon go 'moo'?" Once the kids "taught" me how to make dragon grunts and such, we practiced "breathing fire" by blowing bubbles.
Then we read The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, one of my all-time favorites, and Who Wants a Dragon? by James Mayhew. Both of those books had been read at the other dragon storytime I did this year, but because different children were in attendance, it worked out fine.
Our craft project was making Chinese New Year's-style dragons out of construction paper and tongue depressors, which made look like they were moving when the kids moved their hands. It was pretty fun.
All in all, I think everyone had a great time.