The heat is on and rain is nowhere in sight-at least not REAL rain. Here is a simple, inexpensive way to make a rain prop for storytimes. Cut strips of clear plastic, gather together and tape to a stick. You can also draw blue raindrops on the plastic strips with a permanent marker if you like. Move the stick back and forth quickly to make the rain illusion. Use this prop with songs, fingerplays and stories.
Thanks to Ellen Scott at the Austin Public Library for this idea. She and Karen Carlson used this prop in the puppet show “Chicken Big” based on a book by Keith Graves. Great show!!!
Nancy from West Public Library shares:
Last Saturday a lady and man (I’d never seen) came to the library to get a card. They are new in town from Maine so I showed them around the library. At some point she heard a mom ask about our next story time. The lady (Janice) came up and said, “Do you have story time?” And here we go………
Janice has a registered therapy boxer named Braille who is blind. This dog has been in a Boxer magazine, in Eastland shoe ads, in an Animal Planet promotion commercial, and in fashion parades. She has visited nursing homes, children’s museums, etc. The web site is www.askmrseamus.com (click on Braille) in case you wish to see photos or read a story or two. I got a bit teary eyed. Braille can do little tricks. Now, she does run into things a bit until she gets comfortable.
Braille was born blind and left on the street in San Antonio. She was placed in a shelter but at nine months was going to be “put to sleep.” She was rescued and shuttled cross county by a small aircraft pilots group or something. Janice adopted her at nine months and began training immediately.
Anyway, we are making this into our Valentine’s Day story time: A Very Special Love Story. The teens are reading Brave Norman, the true story about a shelter dog that goes blind but saves a little girl’s life. Then Janice will tell the kids about Braille’s story and have her do tricks. Her message is a very strong: DON’T LET ANYTHING HOLD YOU BACK! We will be collecting towels for Fuzzy Friends, a local animal shelter as part of our program. Our craft will be to make rattle toys for the shelter. Oh, and it’s free.