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, March 28, 2016

Seuss Celebration 2016

We have an annual Dr. Seuss Celebration in March at all of our branches. Here's a quick write-up of what we did at my branch this year. We also had a reading corner and gave out cookies while the families listened to Seuss stories. We also had a page do face-painting (cat's nose and whiskers) but I don't have a picture of that. 



Lorax Craft: 
We made Lorax puppets using straws, pipe cleaners, pom poms, and googly eyes. The Lorax buddies are Ellison pumpkin cutouts. I cut the second arm out of each one by using a different copy and lining it up and cutting it (no tracing). It took about an hour to do 100 while I was on the desk (so I was answering phone calls and helping people in between cutting.) The idea for this craft came from here, although we changed it from a finger puppet to a stick puppet. The easiest way to stick all the parts on was double-stick tape although we tried glue sticks, and glue dots.









Cat in the Hat bowling:Used red solo cups as bowling pins and added white duct tape for the stripes. I found this idea on a Google image search and I believe their version was painted. The staff member who did this had trouble with the duct tape so if we were to do it again, we'd probably paint the stripes. Used a foam bowling ball. 




Seuss Hats:
Used a pattern we had on hand and bingo dot markers. Used double-stick tape to attach and close the headband. Easy. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Flannel Friday Roundup for Friday, March 18, 2016

Happy Flannel Friday!

Thanks for joining us. I'm excited to bring you this week's posts.

It seemed like lots of us are thinking spring this week! Kathryn brings you some beautiful flowers based on Lois Ehlert's classic picture book Painting a Rainbow.

Speaking of flowers, Bonnie from Buckeye Librarian (hey neighbor!) shares her homemade flower puppets, complete with the cutest bee I've ever seen.

Nikki from Hey There, Library shares some super cute felt rabbits she found at her Target's dollar spot. She has a couple of great ideas for using them, so be sure to check it out.

In other animal news, Storytime Ukelele brings you the chords and some adorable felt pieces to accompany "Little Bird, Little Bird." I've long been a fan of Elizabeth Mitchell's lovely version of this classic song myself.

Flannel Board Fun has THREE posts for you to enjoy. An adorable set for the classic "Little Mouse" game, a mitten matching game, and a story song called "Oh I Wish I Were".

Calling all Jbrary fans! Lindsey's bringing you a flannel set of the pieces from their world-famous "Zoom Zoom Zoom" song. And I love the pirate version--had missed that one. It will be perfect for my city's tall ships festival this summer!

Jane shares my love for Peter Reynolds, with her felt version of The Dot. I'm adding this one to my to-make list for sure!

P.S.-- If you're looking for an idea for National Library Week, Jane suggests photobombing your patrons.

That's all, folks!

Next week's roundup will be hosted by Kim at Literary Commentary. Thanks for helping us out, Kim! Also mark your calendars for Friday, April 22nd because my good friend Lisa will be hosting a Summer Reading Club extravaganza, so if you have ideas for this year's theme (sports and playing are the themes I believe for iRead and CSLP), please do so! I might have to make something myself. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Flannel Friday Placeholder for March 18, 2016

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