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, January 30, 2008

Whither Weather Storytime

No storytime this morning as the library system opened at noon, instead of normally scheduled hours due to a huge winter storm that rolled in last night. Funnily enough, the scheduled theme was to be "weather," so I guess we all got a little lesson in that today.

We also did not have the normal TAB meeting yesterday as the school was closed yesterday. They have had 3 snow days so far in January. That means I will do no programming this week. It is a little weird to say the least.

I did however play a game of Zombie Fluxx with a regular teen who stopped in after finishing his duties as Official Library Snow Remover.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Playful Penguin Storytime

I lost my notes for this week, so this is from memory of what we did at penguin storytime this week.

IF YOU'RE A PENGUIN AND YOU KNOW IT
sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"
If you're a penguin and you know it, flap your wings (flap, flap)
If you're a penguin and you know it, flap your wings
If you're a penguin and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're a penguin and you know it, flap your wings

Other verses:
...waddle your feet (waddle, waddle)
...bite a fish (bite, bite)
(Adapted)


THE PENGUIN WENT OVER THE ICEBERG
To the tune of "The Bear Went Over the Mountain"
The penguin went over the iceberg,
The penguin went over the iceberg,
To see what he could see
To see what he could see
The penguin went over the iceberg,
The penguin went over the iceberg,
To see what he could see.

The other side of the iceberg,
The other side of the iceberg,
Was all that he could see
Was all that he could see
The other side of the iceberg,
The other side of the iceberg,
Was all that he could see.
(Adapted)

Let’s Hear You Roar!
Let’s hear you roar like a lion!
Let’s see you jump like a frog!
Let’s see you snap your jaws like a crocodile!
Let’s hear you howl like a dog!
Pretend you’re an elephant with a big, long trunk.
Pretend you’re a monkey. Let’s see you jump, jump, jump!
And now you’re a mouse… Just let me see
How very, very quiet you can be!
(From Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love)

Book: Your Personal Penguin (Boynton)
Book: The Puzzled Penguin (Faulkner)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wake UP, Bear!

Decorations: Make a bear cave with blankets and chairs, tape bear prints on the floor

"Hibernation Song" (to the tune of "Are you Sleeping?"/"Frere Jacques"):

Bear is sleeping, bear is sleeping
In the cave, In the cave,
I wonder when he’ll come out. I wonder when he’ll come out.
In the spring, In the spring.

Birds are flying, birds are flying
In the sky, in the sky
I wonder when they’ll come back, I wonder when they’ll come back,
In the spring, in the spring.

Where is Bear? (Egg-Shaker Song)
(Tune of “Where is Thumbkin?”)
Where is bear? (hide shaker behind your back)
Where is bear?
Here I am! Here I am! (bring shaker out and shake)
How are you this winter? (pretend to talk to the shaker)
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep.
Go to sleep. (hold shaker like sleeping baby)


Teddy Bear (Egg-Shaker Song)
Teddy bears, teddy bears (jump shaker to beat)
Like to sit in teddy chairs. (“sit” shaker in hand)

Then—they—like—to
RunaroundrunaroundrunaroundrunaroundRUN! (sing very fest with shaker in “standing” position, running fast in a circle)

And then be quiet!

Teddy bears, teddy bears
Like to climb up teddy stairs.

Then—they—like—to
RunaroundrunaroundrunaroundrunaroundRUN!

And then be quiet!

Wake Up, Bear
Wake up, bear (quiet)
Wake up, bear (medium)
Wake up, bear. (LOUD)
It’s SPRING TIME, TODAY!

Quiet Down Song: "Roar like a Lion" from Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love (page 196) Really cute, fun, and it works! One of the moms, who works in a school daycare during the afternoon, asked me for a copy of it.

Read Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Activity: Bear Crawl Race
Activity: Snoring Contest

Craft: Bear masks
Snack: Apple Juice and Teddy Grahams

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

What happens in storytime, stays in storytime

I found this great list of "10 Tips for Making Story Time Memorable" at PreschoolRock.com and it has solified what is my current pet peeve with my library school education: in my literature classes, all we do is talk about books and not about how to make books come alive for kids. Maybe people who have children do not need this type of education, but reading to kids takes practice and that is something childless library workers like myself do not get much of before being thrown into the job.
Here are a few that I would add:
-It's OK if the attendees like the crafts (or the snack, if you serve one) better than the story
-It's OK if it takes you a few months (or longer) to really get a rhythm going.
-Play games
-Don't be a slave to the theme, although some parents are ALL about the theme. Sometimes I just throw in a phrase like "and now for something completely different!," which I think is a trick I picked up at
If you have any tips, I would love to hear them!