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!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Library Mini-Golf!

This year, we decided to host a small, indoor mini-golf (AKA putt putt golf) course at work for National Library Week! Our program ran from 4-5:30 and we had people register for 30 minute tee time blocks at 4 pm, 4:30 pm, or 5:00 pm. Next time we will try 15 or 20 minute blocks to spread everyone out a little better.

Adult size golf clubs were located by the teen department for their mini-golf after hours event previously. I believe most of them were thrift store finds. We borrowed those clubs from the storage area. We also had a some small plastic toddler size clubs which we used for decorations for last year's sports-themed summer reading program. I bought 2 more sets for this program as well. The sets each came with plastic "holes" which I used masking tape to secure to the library's carpet. We were short a few of these, so I substituted plastic reusable drinking cups on a few holes.

Some of the materials I used to build holes: pool noodles, cardboard blocks, construction cones, stuffed zebra, cushioned blocks for the tunnel. A co-worker made speed bumps out of foam core board. We used pipe insulation, more pool noodles, and poles we already had for hole borders. The hole flags are made out of craft foam, chopsticks, and styrofoam containers. We plan to re-use them for similar programs in the future.

I found a scorecard online and cropped it for my purposes. I only had enough prep time (about 2 hours) to make 6 holes but I had originally hoped for 9. Instead, I allowed kids to repeat 3 holes for a total of 9 holes. The library was open while I was prepping so I started with the last three holes, in our separated program room. As the time grew nearer to the program, I completed the first three holes in the nonfiction stacks nearest the program room doors.

When families arrived, they checked in at a table in the program room, picked out a club, ball, scorecard and golf pencil and then proceeded to hole 1. If a number of people arrived at the same time, I had them start at a later hole and circle back.

We all had a great time and I would love to do this program again! Here are some pictures:








Friday, April 21, 2017

Shapes Poem

Today for Flannel Friday, I'm sharing a poem I did during my STEM playgroup on shapes! I found it in 1-2-3 Math by Jean Warren. Instead of making it a felt board, I used some snack containers I found at Dollar Tree a while ago. The kids had fun taking off the lids and putting them back on so there was a bonus small motor skill element to this task.

Shapes Poem

The circle is a shape
That's easy to be found.
It has no corners on it.
And is completely round.

The triangle is a simple shape,
I think you will agree.
Count its sides and corners
And you will find just three.

Here's a shape that you should know,
A square has its name.
It has four corners and four sides
That measure all the same.

This shape is called a rectangle,
It's found most everyhwere.
It has four corners and four sides,
Sort of like a square.

But if you call this shape a square,
You would be very wrong.
Since two of its sides are short
And two of them are long.

--Author Unknown