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!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Little Mouse (Chinese Nursery Rhyme)

Last time I checked in with Flannel Friday, I posted a Japanese nursery rhyme. I was inspired to look through the rest of our international collection and see what else I could adapt for use in storytime. I was excited to discover that the same publisher behind Japanese Nursery Rhyme: Carp Streamers, Falling Rain also has a Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes book. For me, the Japanese title is more successful overall, but I did find a cute little rhyme called "Little Mouse" (not to be confused with this Little Mouse) which the book pairs with Hickory Dickory Dock.

It goes a little something like this: 
Little Mouse
The little mouse climbed up the lamp
To find some oil to nibble. 
Can't get down!
Meow, meow, meow. 
Here came the cat. 
Ji-li-gu-lu down fell the mouse. 

And I couldn't resist sharing this video of a little girl reciting "Xiao lao shu," as it's called in Chinese. 

Once again I used Open Clip Art for the pictures of the mouse and lantern. You can download my file here. I did this so quickly that I didn't even cut up the pieces. So pretend they're nice and laminated and on a flannel board instead of just on a piece of paper sitting on my desk.