Free Printables and Unit Studies for Eric Carle’s Books

September 5, 2018

Sarah Shelton

Sarah Shelton

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Eric Carle books are a favorite book to read to our little ones in our home! We just adore the Eric Carle books and have a nice library of them. I prefer the sturdy, hardback ones and I always keep them low on a shelf right at eye level for my kids to pull out whenever they want. These Free Printables and Unit Studies for Eric Carle’s Books will help you expand on what your kids are learning through these beloved books. 


My toddlers love pulling these books out, looking at the pictures, and pretending to “read” them. After they are old enough to start really enjoying them, they quickly learn the names of the animals and colors just by being read aloud to on a regular basis. 

Once you have built your library of amazing Eric Carle books, then you can start creating your own lesson plans using some of the free Eric Carle printables listed below by title. We enjoy using activities alongside the books to add many different learning opportunities. 

Ways to Get the Most Out of Eric Carle’s Books

Do you have an amazing bookshelf full of beautiful picture books that you want your child to flock to? If you answered yes, good for you, if not, don’t sweat it, it’s never too late to start building your homeschool library. 

  1. Collect as many of Eric Carle’s books that you can. You can often find used Eric Carle Books at ThriftBooks starting at just $3.99 a book. I like buying books at ThriftBooks because it saves me money and I can usually get free shipping. 
  2. Keep the books easily accessible for your children to reach and encourage them to look through them all, not just their favorite.
  3. Keep a list of the titles you own and jot down a few learning ideas that you can use for each one, that way you can grab Little Coud when your older child is learning about clouds in science. 
  4. Often times you will discover teaching opportunities that a book can help solidify. Is your child grumpy today? Then grab The Grouchy Ladybug and try and cheer them up. 

BIG List of Free Eric Carle Printables

If you love Eric Carle books, then you are going to love all these awesome free printables and unit studies to go along with some of our favorites. After you discover Eric Carle preschool worksheets, printable activities, lesson plans, you will also find  Eric Carle writing activities, coloring pages and book activities listed by title. 

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Printables & Activities

If you are looking for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? activities, you will find these Eric Carle printables helpful.

  • Sequencing Cards and Clank Can Idea – Sequencing cards are a fun activity for early learners and Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? is a great book to use for such activities. 
  • Tot Pack for Brown Bear, Brown Bear – Toddlers love doing “school” and using a fun toddler activity pack for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a fun way to get them excited about learning. 


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables & Activities

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is Mr. Carle’s most popular book, and there’s no wonder why. It’s a delightful picture book that shows children how caterpillars become butterflies. Use these free printables for The Very Hungry Caterpillar to make the book come alive for your kids. 

  • Matching Game – This Eric Carle game of matching is a fun small-motor skill game.
  • Story Mini Book – Print off a mini-book, flashcards and worksheets for the Very Hungry Caterpillar.


The Mixed-Up Chameleon Printables & Activities

My oldest daughter always loved The Mixed-Up Chameleon. It’s fun to expand on this book with activities about camouflage. There are also some fun chameleon crafts you can do to incorporate art activities. 

  • Writing Activity – Your kids will get creative as they write their own version of the story.

The Grouchy Ladybug Printables & Activities

Who doesn’t love ladybugs? Incorporate some fun activities to go along with The Grouchy Ladybug and talk about feelings and how you can properly express them and how to have self control. 

  • Lapbook or Center Activity – We love lapbooks in our homeschool. This is a hands-on lapbook and preschool and kindergarten activity.
  • Expressing Feelings – This worksheet will help your children learn how to express their feelings. 
  • Ladybug Clock Craft – This is such an adorable craft where you kids will create their own ladybug clock. 

The Little Cloud Printables & Activities

If you are studying weather in science with your older kids, grab your Eric Carle book Little Cloud, your toddler will love it! You can even do some easy and fun crafts with cotton balls to represent clouds. 

Ten Little Rubber Ducks Printables & Activities

Rubber ducks – who doesn’t love them? This book is a great counting book and can help your little one learn how to count up to ten. 

  • Kindergarten Nana has some of the cutest ideas for this book: lesson plans including printable numbered ducks to cut out and use in activities.

Interesting articles on the real story of the rubber ducks:

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