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Parachute Storytime: Hats Off!

7 Mar


I got a chance to do two parachute storytimes yesterday and it’s fun to see the kids who really love the parachute get a chance to release some energy with lots of movement. A few kids come in with much more trepidation, but most will stay and just observe. This was a stand alone storytime program, although we have offered this in a six-week session and kids will often become more comfortable after seeing the parachute week after week. My first group of kids had a lot of energy, so the books were harder to get through, but they loved the activities. My second group of kids is an integrated storytime with families as well as a small group of children from our early intervention services program from the county – this group was a little bit older and they all did an amazing job listening to not only the stories but also the directions. At the beginning of parachute storytime I teach the kids that when I say “FREEZE!” our parachute is placed on the floor (which works well for a little classroom management). Overall, the kids had a ton of fun playing with parachute, releasing some winter energy and the adults were having a great time watching their kids, taking pictures and enjoying themselves as well!


  • A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller, illustrated by Rob Hodgson
  • You Must Bring a Hat! by Simon Philip, illustrated by Kate Hindley

Rhymes & Songs:

  • Introduction: Hello Parachute (Jbrary)Hello parachute, hello parachute (gently shake parachute)
    Oh so grand, oh so grand
    I can lift you, I can lift you (lift parachute)
    With my hands, with my hands
  • Song: “The Tempo Marches On” by Jim Gill (Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi On His Toe Leg Knee)
  • Rhyme: Grand Old Duke of York
    Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
    He had ten thousand men,
    He marched them up to the top of the hill (raise the chute)
    And he marched them down again (lower)
    And when they’re up, they’re up (raise)
    And when they’re down, they’re down (lower),
    And when they’re only half-way up, (raise half-way)
    They’re neither up nor down (raise, lower). 
  • Song: “Battu” by Angelique Kidjo (Putumayo Kids: African Playground)“Popcorn” with balls tossed on the parachute
  • Rhyme: Bananas Unite
    Bananas unite!
    Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas
    Chop bananas, chop chop bananas
    Mash bananas, mash mash bananas
    Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas
    Go Bananas!
  • Song: “Aves” by Guillermo Anderson (Putumayo Kids: Animal Playground)
  • Closing: Goodbye Parachute
    Goodbye parachute, goodbye parachute (gently shake parachute)
    Time to go, time to go
    I can help you, I can help you
    Parachute low, parachute low (bring the parachute to ground)

Parachute Storytime Theme: Interactive Books

10 Nov

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This was our last week of storytime for the fall!  And I had a pretty small group, which really worked with the books I had.  The kids loved Shark in the Park, especially when they got to yell, “SHARK!”  They, of course, loved Polar Bear’s Underwear as well.  Which is not surprising… underwear is always a sure-fire win!  And because the group was so small they were able to get nice and close to look for ladybug in Yoo-Hoo Ladybug.  I’m excited for a little bit of a break from storytime to refresh some ideas and learn some new things to add in – maybe I’ll finally have time to master at least one song on my ukulele!

Opening: “Shake Your Body Down” The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band – Laurie Berkner Band

Early Literacy Tip: Quick reminder – children are more likely to become readers if they see their parents/caregivers spending time reading!

 Book 1: Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

Transition: “ABC” Jackson 5 (popcorn)

Book 2: Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera

Transition: “I Like to Hop” Born to Wiggle – Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies

Book 3: Yoo-Hoo Ladybug by Mem Fox

Closing: “Dance ‘Til I Drop” Just Say Hi – Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

Parachute Storytime Theme: Characters with Names that Start with the Letter “C”

4 Nov

cvr9781416979067_9781416979067_lgI’m not really sure what’s happening but every week I have fewer and fewer kids for Parachute Storytime.  It worked out well for this week as I chose extra long books (even though it probably wasn’t the best choice).  All my books had the common theme that the characters’ names began with the letter “c”  The kids really liked seeing The Cat in the Hat even though the book lasts forever!  But, what they really wanted to do was play under the parachute while the adults shook it (which we did)!  And if you haven’t read C. R. Mudgeon, do your self a favor and read it right away!

Opening: “Shake Your Body Down” The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band – Laurie Berkner Band

Early Literacy Tip: Did you know? The library has pulled alphabet, counting, colors and shape books into a separate concept book area for easy access.

Book 1: C. R. Mudgeon by Leslie Muir

Transition: “ABC” Jackson 5 (popcorn)

Book 2: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Transition: “Shaky Shaky” Yummy Yummy – The Wiggles

Book 3: Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg

Closing: “Dance ‘Til I Drop” Just Say Hi – Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

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