I was recently chatting with a storytime mom and we were talking about the importance of doing a craft in storytime. So it got me thinking, do you use crafts in your storytime? I put a poll up on my blog, so be sure to answer it, I want to know!
I myself am a big advocate of using crafts in storytime. For one, I feel like it brings the storytime together at the end and gives the parents and children a chance to talk about all the great things they learned that day. Second, it gives the child something to bring home and remind them of the good time they had at the library. I can’t even count the number of times a parent has come to me weeks after a ST and told me that their child STILL plays with the old craft. And they still talk about the things we did! I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty cool.
I know that it may be hard for some to prepare crafts due to time, staffing, huge crowds etc. so I know it’s not for everyone. I usually have my teen volunteers take care of most of the prep work, which is very helpful. But I think even having a coloring sheet for them to take home is a great idea. Again, something for them to TAKE so they will talk about it.
Please let me know if you have any thoughts about this, I am curious! And be sure to answer the poll on my blog :)