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Literacy-Based Crafts: Rocket Ship

One way to prompt conversations between a child and their grown-up during your craft time is to include some written questions as part of the project materials. For example, if you are handing out a coloring sheet, can you write in an open-ended question or two before you photocopy it?

This very simple rocket craft adds an “outer space” coloring sheet with a couple of prompts for the grown-ups to read as the children play.

Rocket Ship

First, the rockets!

Literacy-Based Crafts: Pipe Cleaner Constructions

Here’s a very simple project that can go along with a Houses or Tools or Building storytime! Simply hand out three or four pipe cleaners to each child and ask them to “build” something. It can be an object from one of your storytime books, or something imaginary. (Purchased in bulk, pipe cleaners are just a penny or two a piece. You can cut the pipe cleaners in two before you begin, so children can use a greater variety of colors.)

Literacy-Based Craft: X Marks the Spot Maps

Many of our storytime families will be traveling this summer! Here’s a craft you can use with a Things that Go or Travelling storytime that starts with recycled maps.

Ask your staff or patrons if they have old maps they can bring in, or call your local AAA office to see if they have out-of-date maps they would be willing to donate.

Cut the maps into smaller pieces, and cut triangles and squares out of construction paper. If you have a diecut machine, you can use it to cut Xs, but if you don’t, skinny rectangle shapes can be glued criss-cross to make your own Xs.

Literacy-Based Craft: Cloud Collage

Recently we wrote about using crafts as a component of literacy-based storytimes. Here is an example of a simple craft that can be an effective conversation starter.

Cloud Collage

You can make a cloud collage as part of a storytime about Birds, Spring or Summer, Weather, Things that Go, Balloons, Up and Down...what else?

Early Literacy-Based Crafts: Talk About It

In this series, we’ve looked at the benefits of craft time at library storytimes, how an open-ended library craft time can support early literacy learning, and provided some tips for creating and choosing literacy-based craft projects.

Early Literacy-Based Crafts: Tell a Story/Sing a Song

In this series, we’ve looked at the benefits of craft time at library storytimes, how an open-ended library craft time can support early literacy learning, and provided some tips for creating and choosing literacy-based craft projects.

Early Literacy-Based Crafts: Incorporate Print

In this series, we’ve looked at the benefits of craft time at library storytimes, how an open-ended library craft time can support early literacy learning, and provided some tips for creating and choosing literacy-based craft projects.

Creating Storytime Crafts that Support the Six Skills and the Five Practices

In literacy-based storytimes, books and activities are carefully chosen to highlight and support one or more of the six early literacy skills. When crafts are part of storytime, they too can offer opportunities for early literacy learning. By emphasizing the process of creation and encouraging the parents and caregivers to work and talk together with their children, we can provide fun and meaningful learning experiences.

Selecting and Presenting Enriching Storytime Crafts

There are thousands of craft ideas to choose from!

Budgets, library program schedules, the storytime space, age of storytime children, available preparation time, and staff preferences are just a few of the factors that influence which crafts are chosen to present at storytime. How should we be selecting which type of crafts to offer at literacy-based storytimes?

Benefits of Crafts in Library Storytimes

To begin our new blog series on library storytime crafts, we’d like to start with a general list of benefits of providing crafts as part of storytime.

How do storytime crafts add value to a family’s library experience?

Crafts Expand the Storytime Experience:

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