Teacher, homeschooler, a parent looking for something fun (and educational) to do with the kids – whoever you are, you have got to check out these amazing kids book crafts. Most of them are made from items you might already have around the house or things you can easily pick up at the dollar store.
These are inexpensive ways of extending a book experience with your kids. Kids remember, absorb, and learn more from the books they read if they have some sort of book-related activity to do with it. It helps round out their language skills with a hands-on activity. And best of all, it’s fun!
For more fun educational activities, check out the kids’ STEM activities we have rounded up here.
Kids Book Crafts
There’s something here for a wide variety of books. Remember, that in some cases you can easily adapt these crafts to suit different books than originally intended too!
If your kids are big fans of the Lorax, let them make some framed Truffula trees to hang up in their room or playroom!
Who doesn’t love the Pigeon books? Your kids will have so much fun using their handprints to create a pigeon of their own.
This one would also work for The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle.
Another one inspired by Eric Carle, this adorable firefly glows in the dark.
We seem to have a theme going on with Eric Carle books but they are so popular and so beloved. And seriously, how cute is this cricket?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an icon. Make the caterpillar and then all the foods he eats and you and the kids can act out the entire story.
The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise is a fun story that kids love. This craft could be easily adapted for any other farm-related story.
A polka-dot leopard finds his place in the world in this fun story and craft to go with it.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its variations are favorites with most kids. This easy paper plate craft allows them to extend the experience. Maybe they could make a mouse too!
Another one for the Lorax fans out there – these puppets are simply adorable.
Back to Eric Carle with a spider web craft to go along with the Very Busy Spider. This one really works on those hand-eye coordination skills too.
Use this for Fox in Socks, Fox on a Box, or any other fox themed books.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, will there be enough room? Anyone else have that stuck in their heads? This is a fun craft to go along with the book.
Start with this one and then give the kids a whole variety of craft materials and let them try their hand at making all the wild things! They could make Max too!
This craft was inspired by Rainbow Fish but it could certainly work for One Fish Two Fish as well.
Pull out The Windy Day book when you’re experiencing windy weather in your area and then follow up with this fun craft. It’s a great way to keep the kids busy when the weather is too blustery for playing outside.
The Kissing Hand is a sweet childhood classic, often read in Kindergarten. Make your very own Chester the Raccoon as a reminder of its sweet message.
If you haven’t heard of the book Beautiful Oops before, it is a must-read. It talks about how you can turn a mistake into something beautiful. These fun folded animals are a great accompaniment for it.
Adapt this monster craft for any monster book – perfect for Halloween too!
What a fun way to spend Taco Tuesday! Read the book, make the craft, and then, of course, have tacos for dinner!
We love the big red dog! If your kids are big fans too, you have got to make these simple paper plate Cliffords with them.
Horton Hears a Who is a favorite around here! We love the idea of making our very own Horton.
Another option for a fish-themed book. Kids love making things out of popsicle sticks!
Handprint crafts are really popular with many kids and they make a great keepsake. This one uses The Grouchy Ladybug as its inspiration.
Another fun chameleon idea that the kids will love!
We love these ideas! Let them inspire you to make some book-related art with your kids. What’s your favorite children’s book?