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Picturebook inspired crafts & activities

We love doing picture book inspired crafts!

Doing a book or story related craft can help children to consolidate their understanding of a story as well as provide them with an opportunity to talk about what they have just read. My daughter often creates her own activity as a result of reading a book, for example she came up with the idea of using Lego to make Pig’s Trocket from Emer Stamp’s The unbelievable top secret diary of Pig.

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We would love to see some of your picture book inspired crafts, here are some of our favourites.

Little Cloud – Rainbow Craft

A very easy, fun craft. The cloud shape is created using seven white circles covered in cotton wool. Different coloured paper strips make the rainbow.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Apple Printing Craft

A great craft for using all your autumn windfalls. Cut your apples in half and print using green paint for the body and a red head. Add legs and a face and you have a Very Hungry Caterpillar!

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Giraffes Can’t Dance – Footprint Giraffe Craft

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This giraffe’s head is made using a footprint and then stuck on a long piece of paper. Ears and horns come next and then the fun part – fingerprinting the spots before adding a wooly mane.

Elmer – Candle Holder

One of our favourite Elmer crafts and very easy even for the littlest people. Use wallpaper paste to stick squares of coloured tissue paper onto a jam jar then add a nightlight.


Ella – Ladybird Headband

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We made this Ella inspired headband for Valentines’ Day. Start with a red strip of card for the headband then add a black card semicircle for the face. The spots are made using black hearts, large pink hearts are used for the wings and the antenna are made using by sticking smaller pink hearts onto black pipe cleaners.

Room on the Broom – Toadstool Craft

These toadstools were made using papiermache. Stick layers of newspaper onto a bowl and a balloon using wallpaper paste. When they are dry paint them red and stick white sticker spots on. One of the stalks is made using a kitchen roll holder painted white, the other is a small bottle.

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Just Ducks – Handprint Craft

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These ducks are so easy to make. Draw around your hand making sure that your fingers are close together and your thumb is sticking up. This will give your duck shape, add a beak and then colour them. A silver foil pond gives the ducks somewhere to swim.

The Paper Dolls – Paper Doll Craft

Paper dolls are fun and easy. We made ours using the template from Pan Macmillan but you can experiment and make your own.

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16 responses to “Picturebook inspired crafts & activities”

  1. Angela avatar

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Do You See what I see, is a book you can make a craft with.

    1. Catherine avatar

      So many of Eric Carle’s stories are great for inspiring crafts 🙂

  2. Stacey Guilliatt avatar

    Oh these are brilliant! We haven’t done any crafts for a while actually, I must dig the craft drawers out now we have moved #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Have fun, I hope that we have inspired you 🙂

  3. Hannah -- hibabyblog avatar

    What a great collection! I’m looking forward to these little projects when Luisa is older 🙂 x

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thanks Hannah. Picture books can provide some great inspiration for craft activities.

  4. Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!! avatar

    Some lovely ideas. We have an Elmer crafted out of the top half of a milk carton #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I’ve seen the Elmer milk carton craft, it also looks fun to make 🙂

  5. Janet Yarwood avatar

    There’s some lovely ideas here. I help run a baby book club and will definitely be using some of these

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love your baby book club blogposts 🙂

  6. chantelle hazelden avatar

    Love all of these crafts, perfect for rainy days!! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Great fun for rainy days – luckily we haven’t had many of those this summer 🙂

  7. Lindsay @ Newcastle Family Life avatar

    I love the idea of making crafts about a story, I am looking forward to doing things like this with my own children when they are older x #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Some stories are just perfect for inspiring a craft and I’m always looking out for new book inspired crafts.

  8. Jemima Pett avatar

    Wow! That’s really impressive. I know I used to do drawings of my favourite stories. That’s one reason I did a couple of outline drawings for people to colour in – they’re on the Princelings website. But I had no idea that crafty people like you did such wonderful and attractive things! Thanks for sharing on the Kid lit Blog Hop!

    1. Catherine avatar

      We often draw pictures from our favourite stories but sometimes the drawing activity goes a stage further!