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!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Beach Storytime

My new library system creates themed tubs and sends them to the branches each week for storytime*.  The tubs are created by 2 of our intrepid youth services staff members at one of our other branches. They always include some fun stories and activities I haven't seen before, so I love this approach for expanding my storytime repertoire. I always use a few things, but then I supplement the tub's contents with my favorite stories as well.

 I'm lucky to work at a big branch that has two other staff members who do storytimes. I'm assigned the 2's and 3's groups (3 per week). This week I also covered the 4's and 5's and all-ages family storytime for a colleague who was off for a few days. I did just about the same things with each group.

This past week's theme was fish/beach/pond.

Books: 


Activities:

The Waves on the Lake
The waves on the lake go up and down, 
Up and down, up and down
The waves on the lake go up and down
All through the day. 

The fish in the lake go swim, swim, swim...
The turtles on the lake go snap, snap, snap... 
The swimmers in the lake go splash, splash, splash... 
The ducks on the lake go quack, quack, quack...
The seaweed in the lake goes sway, sway, sway...


*My first library system also used this approach when I worked there, but since my last library system only had 1 branch that did storytimes regularly, I was on my own with creating storytime plans. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

"Filmore Fish and Friends" Puppet Story

I'm so lucky at my new library system to have extremely talented co-workers. One of them is the inimitable Miss Elizabeth at our other branch in the city. Here's a song she paired with these truly awesome semi-cannibalistic fish puppets.

Filmore Fish & Friends

Poor ole me swimming in the sea
Not one friend to swim with me
BURP (burp up a fish) 'Scuze me!
Hi Buddy! Let's do a Loop-the-Loop!

Poor ole me swimming in the sea
Not one friend to swim with me
BURP (burp up a fish) 'Scuze me!
Hi Pal!.... Let's do a deep sea dive!

Poor ole me swimming in the sea
Not one friend to swim with me
BURP (burp up a fish) 'Scuze me!
Hi Tiny!... Let's do a flying fish!

WHEEEE! 

I changed them a little to best suit my absolute failure of an ability to memorize:

Poor ole me swimming in the sea
Not one friend to swim with me
BURP (burp up a fish)
Hey, buddy! Wouldya swim with me? 

I used my deepest voice with the first verse, normal voice with the second, and highest for the last. I really drew the burps out for maximum effect and because it was actually kind of hard to get just one fish out of there.