Continuing with my theme of revisiting previous storytimes, in March the focus was on balloons (what I did before). I was hoping to find some fun books that dealt with air, but I must not have been creative enough because I wasn’t able to find any that were suitable for a storytime setting. They would have been perfect for one-on-one reading, but not in a larger group setting with children who have varying attention spans.
“Hello, Hello, How Are You?”
“Zoom Zoom Zoom”
Songs (Parachute Play)
“Let’s Go Riding on an Elevator” (Jbrary)
“The Parachute Goes Up” (Storytime All-Stars)
(Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)
The parachute goes up
The parachute goes down
The parachute goes up and up
And then it goes back down
1. Balloon Rockets – This is a simple, if somewhat logistically tricky experiment if you forget the clothes pins. Supplies needed are: balloons, straws, tape, clothes pins, and a long piece of string. Blow up the balloon and clamp closed with the pin. Use 2-3 pieces of tape to attach a straw to the balloon. Thread the straw onto the string (the other end being either held or tied to a chair), unclamp the pin, and watch the balloon rocket off. The experiment can be repeated several times with the same balloon/straw, though you will need to use fresh pieces of tape.
2. Dancing Balloons (from Babble Dabble Do) – This is a very simple activity requiring only a circular fan and balloons. Poster board tube optional (very useful if using water balloons). Our experience: