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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Parachute Fun

photo credit:  amanky (flickr)

I found the best idea on the So Tomorrow Blog about using cotton balls and a parachute together to create a storytime blizzard!  What fun!  That got me wondering what other great ideas for using parachutes were out there.  

Storytime Source Page has a great list of ideas/songs/books that work well with a parachute.

I also found a Pinterest page devoted to parachute ideas!

There's lots more out there, what are your favorite activities?  Remember, there is a parachute in each of the IFLS Large Motor Story Kits, and also a parachute in the Mischief and Color story kits.  If you want to try before you buy, reserve one of these kits and see what all the fuss is about.

One caveat:  when I used parachutes a lot in a toddler program, there was the occasional kid who was very scared of the parachute.  Be sure to let parents know that you are going to get the parachute out, and to watch the kids--if anyone is feeling scared under the parachute, parents can scoop them out to help hold the parachute with the adults, or even watch the whole proceedings from a safe distance, across the room!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hold On To Your Tighty-Whities!

Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-BoxersThe latest Captain Underpants book is coming out today!  Are you a fan?  More importantly, are the kids in your community fans?  Many libraries around the country are capitalizing on the excitement generated by the book and are planning some pretty silly parties.  Scholastic has a teacher's guide for using Captain Underpants in the classroom, and some of the ideas would translate well to a library party, and the general Scholastic page about Captain Underpants is worth a gander, too.  Are you doing something?

Thanks to an alert from the ALSC listserv, I heard about a great piece on NPR's Morning Edition today, which included interviews with Dav Pilkey, Intellectual Freedom advocate Pat Scales, and some enthusiastic 2nd grade boys.  Definitely worth a listen