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 21, 2016

Sunflower Story and a Craft

A few weeks ago, I held a Sunflower Story and Craft program for kids aged 2-5.

I read:

We sang along to Raffi's version of "Mr. Sun" and danced with scarves. 

I borrowed my daughter's flower builders play set and the kids were also able to play with the pieces from my 5 Little Flowers flannel board. 

We made foam sunflowers and crows from an Oriental Trading craft kit they appear to no longer sell, but there is an even cuter idea in from Artsy Toddler Storytimes for a more homemade one. 

Fingerplays and Action Rhymes: 

One Little Seed*
One little seed is all I've got
Watch me plant it in my pot.
With sunlight and a rainshower,
What do you know?
Up pops a sunflower.


Five Little Flowers (from PreschoolEducation.com)
One little flower had nothing much to do,
Out popped another one, then there were ________. 

Two little flowers were smiling at the bee,
Out popped another one, then there were _________. 

Three little flowers were growing by the door,
Out popped another one, then there were __________. 

Four little flowers were glad to be alive,
Out popped another one, then there were __________.


Little Flower Open Up (from Artsy Toddler Storytimes)
Little flower open up (Start crouched down and then begin to stand)
Open up your petals bright (Open up arms to the side)
Swaying in the sunshine light (Sway side to side)
Little flower in the night, (Put arms back to sides)
Closing up your petals tight (Bring arms back in and hug self)


*I adapted this from a rhyme accompanying pop-up counting puppets from Discount School Supply. I wanted it to make it more about sunflowers. I didn't actually use the puppet. 

Monday, November 07, 2016

Flannel Friday Roundup for November 11, 2016

I'm taking over the hosting of this week's Flannel Friday roundup due to a technological problem over on Sharon's blog. If you're participating in this week's roundup, please leave a comment below and I will compile all the entries. I will delete your comment after I get your link in the roundup. :)

Thanks!
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Keith has Jelly in a Bowl and I adore his Kawaii-style felt characters. So distinctive and beautiful!

Jennifer has Five Nervous Turkeys wearing costumes to avoid being Thanksgiving dinner.

Kate has 5 Rubber Ducks and it's good clean fun!

Kathryn blew me away with her original rhyme called Giraffe Has a Snack