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, August 31, 2012

Old MacDonald ABCs

Today I'm sharing a fun adaptation of Rob Reid's "Old MacDonald ABCs" which can be found in his new book What's Black and White and Reid All Over?  (starts on page 27 in "Now I Know My ABCs" chapter). I won't post all the words because of copyright considerations, but the first verse goes like this: 

Old MacDonald had a farm,
And on her farm she had an alligator,
With a Snap-Snap here
and a Snap-Snap there.
Here a Snap, there a Snap,
Everywhere a Snap-Snap,
Old MacDonald had a farm
 After going through animals from our friend the alligator to the inimitable yak, the song ends like so: 
Wait! Old MacDonald didn't have a farm! She had a ZOO! (slap forehead)
I don't know about other people, but I absolutely would never remember all the words and noises and need something to follow along with. Rather than just make a cheat sheet, I decided to turn this into a PowerPoint for storytimes with big crowds. I also printed a copy off to use as a book with smaller crowds or when I don't have a computer/projector/screen handy. To illustrate it, I used clip art from, one of my all-time favorite resources.

It took me about 90 minutes of on-desk time to put this all together, so it's very doable. It may have only taken 30-45 minutes of off-desk time. 

If you'd like to check out more of Rob's work, he has a blog of his own: Heart of a Child.