70+ Crafts Inspired by Your Favorite Children’s Books

September 23, 2019

Annette Breedlove

Annette Breedlove

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As a mom, I am always looking for ways to add some learning and education to everyday life. I love that as a homeschool mom, I can control and help navigate these waters a little more. One of those ways is cultivating a love of reading in my children. Honestly, I have never been a big reader. Since college, I have read one series and maybe a handful of other books. I just fall asleep!

However, my kids are still young and can take it. So I have been looking for ways to make them more keen to listening to read alouds or help them retain the information they read on their own. And a few weeks ago, it hit me…crafts. Yes, I know, I loathe doing crafts and most of the time I will steer clear, but there’s just something about celebrating the end of a book with a connected craft that makes me smile!

70+ Crafts Inspired by Your Favorite Childhood Books

Of course, as I began to search for some amazing crafts to go along with our favorite books, there are literally hundreds of options! I was so impressed, but completely overwhelmed at the same time. So I have chosen some of our favorite books and crafts to share with you today.

And what I love about most of these crafts is that they can be made with common materials you might often find in your home. That saves you a trip to the store and some extra stress too. 

Do your kids have some favorite books? Your little ones will love these creations of their favorites!

Corduroy the Bear Craft | Sugar Spice and Glitter

Put Me in the Zoo Paper Plate Children’s Book Craft | Surviving a Teacher’s Salary

Pancake Paper Plate Craft (If You Give a Pig a Pancake) | Little Pinch of Perfect

Fidgety Fish Puppet Craft | The Inspiration Edit

Paper Plate Muffin Kid Craft (If You Give a Moose a Muffin) | Glued to My Crafts

If You Give a Dog a Donut Book Craft | Frogs Tails and Puppy Dog Tails

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Craft | The Crafting Chicks

Create Your Own Toy Like Piggie’s (I Love My New Toy by Mo Willems) | Play Dr Mom

Mouse Puppet Craft (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) | Kathy’s Art Project Ideas

Constellation Glow Jar (Goodnight Moon) | Design Mom

Rainbow Fish Craft | Mom on Timeout

Rainbow Fish Suncatcher | Mrs. T’s First Grade Class

Kids Craft Elmer Elephant | Chesire Mum

Sponge Painting Elmer Elephant | Buggy and Buddy

Super Cute Paper Plate Fish Craft for Kids (The Rainbow Fish) | Natural Beach Living

Paper Plate Corduroy Craft | I Heart Crafty Things

Paper Plate Taco Craft (Dragons Love Tacos) | Glued to My Crafts

Pigeon Paper Plate Craft (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus) | A Little Pinch of Perfect

Dancing Giraffe Wall Art (Giraffe’s Can’t Dance) | Arty Craftsy Mom

Toilet Paper Roll Stars (How to Catch a Star) | In the Playroom

Paper Plate Clifford the Big Red Dog | Crafty Morning

Narwhal and Jelly Paper Plate Crafts | Crafts on Sea

Paper Plate Chick (There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick!) | Glued to My Crafts

Go, Dog, Go Paper Plate Crafts | Glued to My Crafts

Corduroy a children\'s book coverCorduroyBuy from Amazon button imageElmer 10 book Collection Set - Children Picture Flats illustrated Elephant Pack by David McKeeElmer 10 book Collection SetBuy from Amazon button imageDragons Love TacosDragons Love TacosBuy from Amazon button imageI Love My New Toy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)I Love My New Toy!Buy from Amazon button imageIf You Give a Moose a MuffinIf You Give a Moose a MuffinBuy from Amazon button imagePut Me in the Zoo (I can read it all by myself' Beginner Books)Put Me in the Zoo Buy from Amazon button image


Very Hungry Caterpillar Crafts

Very Hungry Caterpillar Painting | Lil’ Scholars University

Popsicle Stick Colorful Caterpillar Craft | Crafts 4 Toddlers

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft Using Sponge Painting | Buggy and Buddy

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppets | Read and Create

3D Paper Caterpillar Craft with Template | Easy Peasy and Fun

 Very Hungry Caterpillar Headband | Libraryland

FREE Printables and Unit Studies for Eric Carle’s Books

Free Printables & Unit Studies for Eric Carle\'s Books

More Eric Carle Book Inspired Crafts

Eric Carle Inspired Firefly Suncatcher Craft (The Very Lonely Firefly) | I Heart Arts n Crafts

Colorful Chameleons (The Mixed Up Chameleon) | Tippytoe Crafts

Flower Potato Stamping Craft (The Tiny Seed) | A Little Pinch of Perfect

Eric Carle Inspired Glow In The Dark Handprint Firefly (The Very Lonely Firefly) | I Heart Arts n Crafts

Eric Carle Inspired Lady Bug Craft (The Grouchy Ladybug) | I Heart Crafty Things

Eric Carle Paper Plate Cricket – Kids Craft (The Very Quiet Cricket) | Glued to My Crafts

The Grouchy Ladybug Handprint Craft (The Grouchy Ladybug) | A Little Pinch of Perfect

Ink Blot Cloud Shapes Craft (Little Cloud) | Teach Beside Me


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Crafts

Mini “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” Trees | The Crafting Chicks

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Tree | School Time Snippets

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Name Craft | Toddler Approved

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Tree Craft | I Heart Crafty Things

The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Hungry CaterpillarBuy from Amazon button imageThe Grouchy LadybugThe Grouchy LadybugBuy from Amazon button imageThe Mixed-Up Chameleon Board BookThe Mixed-Up Chameleon Board BookBuy from Amazon button imageThe Tiny SeedThe Tiny SeedBuy from Amazon button imageThe Very Lonely Firefly board bookThe Very Lonely Firefly board bookBuy from Amazon button imageThe Very Quiet Cricket Board BookThe Very Quiet Cricket Board BookBuy from Amazon button image

47 Children\'s Books Printables & Activities

Crafts for Upper Elementary Books

Chester the Raccoon Paper Plate Craft (The Kissing Hand) | Simply Kinder

Paper Plate Spaghetti (Spaghetti with the Yeti) | Glued to My Crafts

Fancy Nancy Feather Pen | Creekside Learning

Emeraldalicious Sparkle Wand Nature Craft | A Little Pinch of Perfect

M is for Madeline Craft | Sugar Spice and Glitter

Blueberries for Sal Craft | Heart of Deborah

Where the Wild Things Are Craft | Matsutake

Cow Paper Plate Mask (Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type) | Simply Today Life

Handprint Family Tree (The Giving Tree) | Read and Create

Cat in the Hat Toilet Paper Roll Craft | Planning Playtime

3 Fun Lorax Crafts | Lalymom

Knuffle Bunny Storytime Craft | CampClem

Chester the Raccoon Envelope Puppet Craft (The Kissing Hand) | A Dab of Glue Will Do

Paper Plate Max (Where the Wild Things Are) | Glued to My Crafts


Pete the Cat Crafts

Popsicle Stick Groovy Buttons Crafts | Glued to My Crafts

Pete the Cat Face with Popsicle Stick | Surviving a Teacher’s Salary

Cotton Pad Cupcakes | Glued to My Crafts

Popsicle Stick Pete Cat Puppet | Glued to My Crafts

Pete The Cat Paper Plate Craft: Four Groovy Buttons | Surviving a Teacher’s Salary

Pete the Cat Magical Sunglasses Craft | Sight and Sound Reading

Paper Plate Button Craft | Glued to My Crafts

Pete the Cat Paper Bag Puppet | Pre-K Pages

Rocking in My School Shoes Craft |The Chirping Mom

Paper Plate Pilgrim Cat | Glued to My Crafts

Paper Plate Mayflower Thanksgiving Craft with Pet the Cat | A Little Pinch of Perfect

Five Little Pumpkins | Glued to My Crafts

K-cup Pete the Cat Craft | Artsy Momma

I Love My White Shoes – Pete the Cat Craft | Crafty Pammy

Pete the Cat DIY Shoes Tutorial | Surviving a Teacher’s Salary

The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series)The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series)Buy from Amazon button imageSpaghetti with the Yeti[SPAGHETTI W/THE YETI][Paperback]Spaghetti with the Yeti[SPAGHETTI W/THE YETI][Paperback]Buy from Amazon button imageFancy Nancy children\'s book coverFancy NancyBuy from Amazon button imageEmeraldalicious (Pinkalicious) children\'s book coverEmeraldalicious (Pinkalicious)Buy from Amazon button imageBlueberries for SalBlueberries for SalBuy from Amazon button imageWhere the Wild Things AreWhere the Wild Things AreBuy from Amazon button imageThe Giving TreeThe Giving TreeBuy from Amazon button imageKnuffle Bunny: A Cautionary TaleKnuffle Bunny: A Cautionary TaleBuy from Amazon button imagePete the Cat: I Love My White ShoesPete the Cat: I Love My White ShoesBuy from Amazon button image



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