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, July 31, 2017

STEM + Stories: Coasters and Mazes

July's STEM + Stories theme was Roller Coasters and Mazes. 

Book read: Roller Coasters (Thrill Rides series) by Valerie Boden. 

Station 1: Paper plate and drinking straw mazes (used mini-pom poms as marbles)

Station 3: Foam pipe insulation marble roller coasters  The kids really enjoyed this activity although only 2 children chose to begin at this station! But almost all of them joined it eventually and we had foam pipe insulation going everywhere! A few of the parents said they were going to grab some from the hardware store to make marble runs at home too. :) We used the 3 foot long size but I have seen it done with 6 foot as well (Cut the insulation in half to double your track). I spent about $40 on the insulation you see here (8 sets of these) and we will be able to reuse it again and again.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Guest Post: 5 Whales in the Bathtub

I'm hosting a guest post by Syntha Green, a Youth Services Librarian at Troy Public Library this week. Here's what Syntha had to say about "5 Whales in the Bathtub"

I am doing a summer fun theme for storytime and one of the books I am reading is I Won A What? by Audrey Vernick. I remembered the 5 Sharks in the Bathtub Flannel I made for a shark storytime a few years ago (found on Flannel Friday, of course), and decided to turn it into 5 Whales in the Bathtub.
One whale in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands twice)
Splash, splash (slap your knees twice)
Come on in! (wave to enter with both hands)

(Repeat with 2,3,4 whales)

Five whales in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, knock

Splash, splash
It all fell in!

I simply made a whale tail, cut 5 out of different colors and I'm all set since I'm reusing the bathtub.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Flannel Friday Roundup for July 21, 2017

I'm hosting Flannel Friday again this week so please leave a link to your submission in the comments below! Look for the roundup late Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Syntha shared 5 Whales in a Bathtub for some good clean fun.

Laura contributed her version of Stone Soup, one of my favorite traditional tales.

Kathryn posted her Crazy Traffic Light, and is that GLITTER FELT I see??

Kate shared 5 Little Kites!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

STEM + Stories: Fairy Tales

For the second summer, I have been doing STEM + Stories programs. I start by reading a few stories to the kids and then we explore some STEM projects loosely, sometimes very loosely, inspired by the reading portion. For this program, we concentrated on fairy tales: specifically Cinderella (time) and the 3 Billy Goats Gruff (bridge engineering). I also threw out some other stuff we had on hand and tied it into the theme with the explanatory signs. 
3 Billy Goats Gruff bridge design from Family Engineering

Rapunzel's tower with KEVA blocks

Cinderella's Clock from Bedtime Math

Cinderella's Silly Stunts: kids timed themselves writing all the letters of the alphabet, looking up "temporal" in the dictionary, and other tasks

Hansel and Gretel's Sweet Shop Gears
The stories I selected to read were The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Interstellar Cinderella