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, November 24, 2014

Tween Book Club: Smile

For November, my tween program was a book discussion of one of my favorite graphic novels Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Only three kids joined me for this program, sadly, but they really enjoyed the book and we had a fun discussion. They also liked the craft (which I think would be a fun passive program activity on its own) and YouTube videos.

As the kids came in, I gave them a word search I made featuring characters from the book (PDF). This was to keep them busy for a few minutes and served as a sort-of ice breaker.

I put together a playlist of neat YouTube videos featuring Telgemeier to show the kids and compiled discussion questions from The Mother Daughter Book Club (PDF) and Pierce County Library System (DOCX).The playlist also includes the video on how to play this month's Minute to Win It game: Baby Blockin'. The kids each got a plastic dinner plate and 5 wooden baby blocks and had 60 seconds to balance them on top of their head.

Our craft was emoji portraits. I found emoji pumpkin decorating patterns on a lifestyle blog and then I created a quick circle background (PDF) using the basic shapes drawing tool in Publisher. I printed these on yellow paper to match the book's cover but any color would be fun. I made sure there was enough for everyone to do more than one portrait if they wanted.

Here's my portrait. I call it "Stressed Out and Wearing a Tiny Hat": 
My Emoji Portrait


Monday, November 17, 2014

Minute to Win It Round 3

Time for another Minute to Win It program!  We had one parent mention to us that one of our local districts is now getting out of school so late that it is hard to make it to the library in time for our 4:00 programs. We will be looking at pushing them back a little bit later to try and make things more convenient for our families.

But! Onto the fun part--the games! We have done two Minute to Win It programs in the past and they are such a joy to plan. I love seeing our normal supplies get twisted into games and I also enjoy the logistical aspects of putting this program on. Each one requires a slightly different set up.

The games I chose this time around were: Stack Attack, Floatacious, Back Flip, Don't Blow the Joker, and A Bit Dicey.  I put together a YouTube playlist so you can learn the rules:



Here's a list of the supplies you need for each game (per player in each round):

Back Flip: 6-8 pencils
Stack Attack: 28 plastic cups (video says 36, whichever works better for you)
Don't Blow the Joker: 1 soda pop bottle (you can use new ones or wash ones out of the recycling and fill with water) and a deck of cards
A Bit Dicey: Popsicle sticks and 6 die
Floatacious: 6 soda pop cans with the tabs removed, a bowl filled with water, and a plastic plate

I like to make signs for the stations because it makes it look more polished.




Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Librarian Approved Horse Picture Books

A while back, I asked on the Flannel Friday Facebook page for recommendations for good (non-historical fiction preferred) horse picture books. I've been doing a huge weeding project and I noticed our horse books circ like crazy (some over 100 times!!) and get pretty worn. But I always seem to have a hard time finding things of high quality that are still in print (not all of these are still in print, but I'm including them because there are Ways Around That.)  The good people in the Flannel Friday community always come through though and here's a list of what we came up with...

Horse Picture Books for Preschoolers

Brett, Jan. Fritz and the Beautiful Horses.
Cantrell, Charlie. A Friend for Einstein: The Smallest Stallion.
Dockray, Tracy. The Lost and Found Pony.
Doyle, Malachy. Horse.
Goble, Paul. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.
Haas, Jessie. Appaloosa Zebra: A Horse Lover's Alphabet.
Hart Addy, Sharon. When Wishes Were Horses.
Hoban, Russell. Rosie's Magic Horse.
Hubbell, Patricia. Horses: Trotting! Prancing! Racing!
Kumin, Maxine. Oh, Harry! 
Jeffers, Susan. My Chicoteauge Pony.
Lawson, Dorie. Tex.
Lewin, Ted. Stable.
Markle, Sandra. Race the Wild Wind.
Provensen, Alice. Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm.
--The Year at Maple Hill Farm
Rash, Andy. Are You a Horse?
Schindel, John. Busy Horsies.
Smee, Nicolai. Clip Clop.
-- Jingle Jingle.
--Splish Splash.
Wilson, Karma. Horseplay.
Yolen, Jane. Hush Little Horsie.

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Turkey Finger Puppet Rhyme

I won't be doing a Thanksgiving storytime this year, but I spotted this rhyme in Easy-To-Make Puppets And How to Use Them by Fran Rottman (1978 edition) and I thought I would share:

The Turkey
"Gobble, gobble,"
Says the turkey.
"Soon 'twill be
Thanksgiving Day--
Will you eat me? 

How you treat me! I will run away." 

I found a quick turkey finger puppet to pair it with.

This week is Flannel Friday's Thanksgiving Extravaganza and Miss Mollie is hosting! Happy Thanksgiving flannel-making to everyone!