Picture book activities

There are some amazing picture books out there and we have recently done some great craft activities based on our favourite books. Both the kiddies really love making the connection between what we read and what we make.

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We made the MASSIVE COOKIE from ‘Wild Boars Cook’ (Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall). The recipe is on the last page of the book.

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I remember ‘Corduroy’ (Don Freeman) from when I was little, and this is a follow-up. When I was at primary school, we made knitted bears and Mum helped me sew overalls for my bear to look like Corduroy.

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Both my little ones love ‘A river’ (Marc Martin). They trace the river on every page of the book and also make sure they find the boat every time. For this activity, we drew patterns with crayon like the patchwork in the book, then painted over it with watercolours.

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‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ (Eric Carle)

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And perhaps a lesser known Eric Carle book, ‘The Bad-tempered Ladybird’. The best bit of this activity was discussing which way we were going to put the mouths to make both a happy and a grumpy ladybird.

 

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‘The Rainbow Fish’ (Marcus Pfister)

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We actually made this entire book again redrawing the illustrations because she loved it so much. It’s a great story – very cute! ‘Crayon’ (Simon Rickerty)

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This one looks a little crude, but it was a LOT of entertainment. Especially when we went hunting around the house for all the elephants we could find! We also kept this box for a long time as a play thing. ‘Too many Elephants in this House’ (Ursula Dubosarsky).

What’s your favourite picture book activity? Please comment below.

I try to keep my pinterest files up-to-date with our latest fave reads if you need some library-inspiration:

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A “Very Hungry Caterpillar” birthday party

I couldn’t resist doing something special for her first birthday… special, but simple! We planned to have a park picnic, so I wanted something that we could easily transport outside, however, we were thwarted by the pollution and had a living room party instead.

We had to be a little bit flexible with some of the foods. We couldn’t find strawberries, so we used Happy Baby strawberry snacks instead. I didn’t want to be serving ice-cream on such a hot day, so we did wafer biscuits. The head of the caterpillar was a chocolate cake, and the body was banana cupcakes – baby friendly ones, but the icing wasn’t baby friendly!! So I left a few aside for the little ones. All in all, quite a success, and pretty darn easy too!

The printables were found here.

There was quite a bit of sentiment in the cooking too. The chocolate cake is my great-grandma’s recipe, and the cupcake recipe is my Mum’s favourite that she always baked for our birthdays as kids. Below is my adapted, baby- and allergy- friendly version.

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Banana cupcakes

  • 60g butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cup SR flour
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • olive oil (2 eggs worth)
  • 3-4 tbsp soy milk
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Mix together. Put into patty pans. Bake for about 12 minutes. Makes about 16.