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Indoor Blizzard

Do you know what you get when you combine a parachute and 3 bags of jumbo cotton balls? An indoor blizzard! I tried this for the first time at my storytime this week and it was so much fun. Whether your library is somewhere that gets snow or not, your kids will love this.

My top tip would be to try and pour the bags out in the middle of the parachute for maximum snowosity. After all the snowballs flew out of the parachute, I had the kids run and grab them so we could play again. The second time, we had a contest to see who could pick the most up and bring them to me.

Has anyone done this before? I don't think I saw this on a storytime blog, but maybe? If you posted it, let me know and I'll edit this. 


  1. I love this idea! Hopefully, I can use it at a future storytime!

  2. We have done this before! We use white shower loofah's instead. (They can also double for popcorn.) We got the idea from Carole Peterson.

  3. I am totally unfamiliar with Carole Peterson (except I have heard a few songs), so I will check that out.

  4. OMG,thank you,Anne! I am SO doing this at programs next week--will try it out on my favorite preschool class this week!

  5. Love the parachute! I do a snowball fight with cotton balls every year--we just throw them around, but never with the parachute. Love it!

  6. What a fun (and easy!) idea! I love this. Thanks for sharing it!

  7. I used this idea this morning at storytime. It was perfectly simple and the kids and parents LOVED it! Thanks!


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