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!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Down on the Farm Party for Woolbur

One of the events my library hosts every fall is a celebration party in honor of that year's Michigan Reads* book selection. This year's honoree is Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski, so we threw a Down on the Farm station-based party. This party was staffed by 3 people (1 at the cakewalk, 1 at the bean bag toss, and another helping with crafts) and attended by 41 people. Pretty much everything we did was inspired by this awesome birthday party, to give credit where credit's due. So enjoy some pretty pictures without much blathering on! Our stations were: petting zoo (with puppets), water table fishing pond with rubber ducks, cake walk with farm animals, and bean bag toss.

Die for Woolbur's Walk
As far as the cake walk goes, it was "cake-less". Instead we called the game "Woolbur's Walk." We gave the winners a small toy instead of a cake. I printed out clip art pic
Woolbur's Walk
tures of 6 different farm animals and taped them to these spots we have in storage (given to us graciously by one of our other branches who was cleaning out their storage). I put the same pictures into the 6 spots on the changeable die that I have also used for Roll a Rhyme. When I stopped the music, whichever kid(s) was on the animal whose

picture rolled up was a winner. This allowed us to have more winners than drawing a number out of a hat and the animals tied in with the farm theme. A mom said she was going to steal this idea for her child's birthday party next month!

Fishing Pond (water table was mine, other pieces borrowed from another branch)
 We put our farm animal puppets (plus a dinosaur because why not?), a selection of farm-themed pop-up books, and my daughter's plastic tractor to create a puppet petting zoo. One of my staff members had the genius idea to use bulletin board paper as the background and she taped down the blanket on the floor for boundary marking/comfort.
Puppet Petting Zoo

Craft 1: Popsicle stick puppet Sheep (or magnet)

Craft 2: Chicken Headbands

We had a raffle for copies of the book as well as some donated stuffed dogs

Fish bean bag toss
 *Michigan Reads is a partnership between the Library of Michigan, Target, and the Lions Club of Michigan.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Guest Post at Green Bean Teen Queen

Just dropping in to say that I've written a guest post at Green Bean Teen Queen blog where I share my favorite middle grade books. Thank you Sarah for asking me to participate many, many, many months ago. Sorry that I am such a slacker and also that I talked about toilet reading. Yikes!!!