Storytime Crafts, Printables and Take-Home Materials
A storytime take-home sheet generally includes:
Kiz club Learning Resources -- some great printable props for storytimes, etc.
Paper Bag Puppets -- http://abcteach.com/directory/fun_activities/crafts/paper_bag_puppets/ -- SWILSA has die cut pieces for making a sheep, a lion and a bunny. If you are looking for other animals, this is a good place to find them!
Storytime Source Page -- a blog with storytime ideas, rhymes, etc.
Crafts and book suggestions for fun ways to learn the alphabet -- http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/storydetails.cfm?TopicID=1.
Cute clipart for creating flannelboards, etc. -- http://www.pppst.com/clipart.html. Includes a cute alphabet chart.
Very Hungry Caterpillar:
Wheels On the Bus: print out the lyrics for parents to take home.
All sorts of coloring pages -- http://www.coloring.ws/coloring.html -- look under "Simple Characters and Shapes" for some good, basic outlines.
Every Child Ready to Read -- ALSC (a division of ALA) offers these printable brochures for parents.
A Rhyme A Week: Nursery Rhymes for Early Literacy -- Traditional rhymes with downloadable graphics -- http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/wil/rimes_and_rhymes.htm
Printable bookmarks for parents and caregivers -- on the Early Childhood Literacy website at http://www.ilsa.lib.ia.us/ECL/awareness.htm.
Reading Tip Sheets from ˇColorín Colorado! -- http://www.colorincolorado.org/guides/readingtips -- note that the sheets are available in Spanish and several other languages.
Scholastic's "Books & Reading" -- including video clips for parents. Recommend this site to parents: include it on a flyer or put a link on your library web page.
Looking for materials in other languages? Washington Learning Systems at http://www.walearning.com/ has free printable materials in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Somali, Russian and Mandarin. Especially check out their "On the Go" activities for parents at http://www.walearning.com/Otg.html.
Starfall.com -- website to recommend to parents of beginning readers.
International Children's Digital Library -- nearly 4000 short books online in English, Spanish, Finnish, Mongolian, German, Arabic, Swahili, Portuguese, Farsi and more.
Crinkleroot's Outdoor Pages (Jim Arnosky) -- Good for nature themes (Earth Day, etc.)
Ducks Don't Wear Socks -- patterns for flannelboard or coloring.
Free Activity Pages from Mother Goose -- http://www.mothergooseprograms.org/osc/index.php?cPath=1.
The Bookworm -- a free printable parent newsletter from the Idaho Commission for Libraries -- http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/bookworm.
Zero to Three -- look for the "Download of the Week"
Many of our die cut shapes are obvious choices for crafts -- hearts for making Valentines, doorhangers and visors to decorate, and so on. Many of the shapes make perfect nametags which are good for showing small children the connection between print and real things and are good take-home items. Teddy bears, dinosaurs, puppies, apples, and crayons are a few of the most popular nametags.
Die Cut Sets for Flannelboards:
Libraries may order these sets from the Southwest District Office. Just add a piece of velcro or felt to the back for flannelboard use.