25 Books with Crafts To Match

craft ideas for preschoolWhen I started No Time For Flash Cards I started it with the intention of trying to give my friends who were at home with their kids some fun activities to fill in their day. When I taught I would always link the book I read at opening circle time with our art exploration for the day. It gave the students focus and padded the learning on both ends. We didn’t hit the kids over the head with facts or structure but a little themed continuity went a long way in our exploration of the chosen topic.  After more than 5 years of blogging I have paired countless books with crafts. Consider this list of 25 a cheat sheet. I hope you find it useful.

For the full craft tutorials click the craft title under each pair. The book title is an affiliate link and will take you to Amazon.com
 

craft for if you give a mouse a cookie 1. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff and Puffy Paint Cookie Craft .

knight craft and book

2. Small Knight and George by Ronda Armitage and Knight’s Shield Craft readmake14

3. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert and Sticky Window Flower Garden readmake21

4. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and Spider Web Walking . readmake19

5. Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington is a wonderful read before working on writing and counting with our  Count & Write Fire Trucks .readmake17

6. How Big Is a Pig? by Claire Beaton and Paper Plate Pig Craftreadmake22

7.The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems goes perfectly with this Squeeze Painting Hot Dog Craft.

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8. The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle and our popular Band-aid Fireflies Craft. craft for leo the late bloomer

9.Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus goes well with our Paper Bag Tiger Puppet. activity for alphabet under construction

10. Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming is the perfect read before you Build With Letters.activities for the big red barn book

11. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown can be read before or after you play with this Farm Sensory Bin. tacky the penguin craft idea

12.Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester and our Simple Penguin Craft . craft for Frederick by leo lionni

13.Frederick by Leo Lionni and a craft especially made to look like Frederickalphabet craft with cars

14. Alphabeep!: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Debora Pearson and our Car Alphabet is a great match! readmake9

15. Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson and our Easy Peasy Paper Plate Frog Craft. craft for goodnight moon

16.Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and our Homemade Puffy Paint Moon.craft for the grouchy ladybug

17. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle and our simple Ladybug Craft.trashy town craft

18. Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha has been a favorite for years and goes perfectly with our Shape Garbage Truck Craft. swimmy craft idea

19. Swimmy   by Leo Lionni is a wonderful to share while creating this cool School Of Fish Craft. craft for dinosaur vs the potty

20. Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea will have your kids laughing and this Dinosaur Craft with have them using their fine motor skills. chicka chicka boom boom craft

21. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault was the inspiration for this craft. bulldozer books and craft

22. Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo is a great read before learning about shapes with the Shape Bulldozer. princess craft

23. The Very Fairy Princess Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton is sweet just like our Shape Princess Craft . cloudy with a chance of meatballs craft

24. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett is a perfect match for our DIY Weather Station. how to catch a star book and craft

25. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers goes so well with our Make Your Own Constellation Craft.

 

 

 

Easy Easter Egg Craft

easter egg craft

We just got back from a nine day family vacation so I wanted to re-establish a routine quickly but gently. This Easter eggs craft was a perfect way to do that. It’s very process focused and I let the kids direct as much as they wanted. I had the paper cut out in eggs but also had extra as plain paper that they could make into any shape they wanted. This was quick for my son who was eager to play with new Lego sets (spoiled by a Great-Grandma) but my daughter explored for a long time after her brother was done. Expect a mess and enjoy!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper, bubble wrap ( the big ones works well), paint, a tray or plate for paint, brushes ( love ours from craftprojectideas.com) , some painter’s tape , scissors and if you want to display it a few sheets of construction paper and glue.
  2. Start by cutting out some paper eggs. I made sure to have plain paper on hand too but my kids just made a few eggs each.bubble wrap easter eggs
  3. Next attach the bubble wrap to the table. My daughter loved popping the wrap which is great for fine motor development.
  4. Dish out the paint. I have been teaching my son about colors and how adding white changes the tint so we did that. Adjust this step to your child. My daughter hated mixing and when we helped her with the first she started crying . My son mixed all hers for her after and showed her how he mixed his and then she was fine but I will find a new way of approaching this with her next time.
  5. Mix.
  6. Paint the bubble wrap. My daughter wasn’t sure at first so I sat down and painted with my son, soon she was asking for the brush too.
  7. My son painted with his brush but my daughter and I took turns, she often used her hands. Then wanted them wiped off, then … well it was a long back and forth but that’s ok.
  8. Print the paper on. She insisted on printing one in the same spot as her brother.
  9. Voila !
  10. Glue to construction paper and you have a super easy Easter craft for all ages.

Easter Egg Books

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Ollie’s Easter Eggs (a Gossie & Friends book) by Olivier Durea is a cute book about friends working hard to dye their Easter eggs, well all but one Ollie who is playing and looking incredibly adorable in bunny ears while the others work hard.  However Ollie may have missed out on dyeing the eggs but he makes up for it by masterminding a true egg hunt!  My 4 year old son loved this book and how sneaky Ollie was as he snatched the hidden dyed eggs and re hid them! Cute addition to this popular series.

Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz is a great way of having an Easter egg hunt while reading a story. If you aren’t familiar with the ” Where are  Baby’s …” series of life the flap books, they are simple books where the reader searches for an item finding other things first before finally finding the title object, in this case Easter eggs. My daughter loves these books and plays with them even when we aren’t reading them together. I love the bright illustrations and the simple holiday theme.

Easter books

The Best Easter Eggs Ever! by Jerry Smath .The story follows the Easter bunny and his 3 young assistant bunnies as they prepare for their big day. The Easter Bunny is getting tired and a little bored of his polka dot design for the eggs and decides to send out his assistants in search of new designs. The little bunnies head out with one egg and paints to all different places to find inspiration. When one of the little bunnies is captivated by the night sky she doesn’t notice how dark it is and how lost she has gotten. The Easter Bunny and his other assistants find her and in the morning the new designs are celebrated. My son loves an inside look at any sort of secret place like  the Easter Bunny’s or Santa’s workshop so he was drawn into this book immediately. I liked the illustrations and how detailed they were , it certainly got me excited about Easter.

Space Themed Crafts & Books

space crafts for kids

Space is such a fun theme to use for play, crafts and of course learning. Here are some of our favorite space themed crafts that we have done over the years. We have lots of space themed books too.

Sandpaper Sun
Make Your Own Constellation
Crescent Moon
Alien Headband
Puffy Paint Moon
Recycled UFO
Recycled Rocket
Hand Print Sun
Soft and Shiny Rocket
Paper Plate Planet
Shooting Star
Sponge Painted Stars

 

Click the image for detailed reviews of the space books.

Cork Painted Wreath

I love it when I can do one craft with both my kids. With a 5 year old son and a 18 month old daughter it’s not as often as I wish. This super easy but completely festive Christmas craft fit the bill, they both happily painted and now my kitchen is merry and bright with one on the pantry and the other on the closet door.  Holiday crafts are my kids’ favorite and unlike many of our other creations these are kept, stored and brought out year after year.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate per child, corks ( do you know how long it took us to save up these corks? Since 2006 I have been almost always pregnant or nursing. It took a long time… ), paint, a plate or two for the paint, some ribbon , scissors and hot glue.
  2. Start by cutting the middle out of the plate. If we were painting with brushes or something that offered more coverage I’d do the cutting after the paint dried but with corks you want to make sure they hit the wreath and not all in the middle of the plate.
  3. Add paint to a plate.  I put a different cork in each color to encourage my kids to try each color. Also the corks I used for my daughter who is presently trying to put all things not bolted down into her mouth , are the solid plastic? ones.  I did a bite test and they were solid. Still PLEASE watch vigilantly and make sure your children are ready and able to do the craft safely, you can always opt for finger painting .
  4. Paint!
  5. She was more interested in the feeling of the paint than banging the corks on her wreath. This is normal for toddlers, they are exploring and it doesn’t mean the craft failed.
  6. My son quite liked the marks the corks left and had a ball. 
  7. After they were dried I made bows and hot glued them on, then put them on my doors with painter’s tape.

Easy Peasy Wreath Cookies

Check out these cheater cookies we made when we needed something fast for a holiday pot luck, they were tasty and super easy for my son to help me make.

6 Clothespin Crafts!

I get emails often asking for ideas based on materials so today I compiled some of our crafts that use clothespins. Our favorite is the Clothespin Dinosaur Craft above but over the years we have used clothespins for a whole bunch of learning.

Paint Chip Color Match

Clothespin Teaching Turkey

Color Wheel Match

Jack and The Beanstalk

Clothespin Patterns