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Craft Tips for Programs

I’m a guest writer on the ALSC blog today! Come check out my craft tips to use in storytimes, after school clubs, and outreach programs:  

September 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Day the Crayons Quit

My new favorite picture book is now a flannel story! I wanted to use this book with my outreach programs, but some of my groups are pretty big. So, while I … Continue reading

August 14, 2013 · 4 Comments

One-Person Puppet Shows

It took me a while to use puppets in storytime. I was hesitant because this was something I didn’t learn about in grad school. Every professional workshop I attended about … Continue reading

June 21, 2013 · 10 Comments

Revised Puppet Bins for Outreach

About six months ago I wrote about my Puppet bins. I love them and have been using them weekly ever since. But oh my goodness! Rubbermaid now makes an All … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I cannot take credit for this imaginative “flannel” story (it’s actually made from foam). This story has been in my library’s basement for years, and some other children’s librarian created … Continue reading

May 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Arthur’s Nose

I was totally inspired by So Tomorrow’s Shadow Puppet story for Arthur’s Nose, I decided to make my own version. I know it’s not nearly as cool, but it works … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

This is Not a Stick

After my very successful storytime prop of Not a Box, I decided to try making one for Not a Stick. I went to the hardware store and bought a 1″ thick … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

This is Not a Box

I love this book! It’s so fun and creative, but it’s slightly small to use with big storytime groups. I decided to make a prop to tell this story for my … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · 7 Comments

Using Puppet Bins for Outreach

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to use my puppet collection more in storytime. As I was poking through the clearance isle at my local department store, I saw … Continue reading

January 6, 2013 · 4 Comments

After School Clubs for Kids

Flannel Friday

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