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10 Crafts Inspired by Your Favorite Children's Books

Bust out the art supplies for a bookish crafternoon inspired by kid-lit classics.

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Classic kids' books like Where The Wild Things Are and The Rainbow Fish are filled with timeless characters, imaginative art, and engaging stories. No matter how old you are, they are always fun to revisit, especially through a craft project. Craft your own adventure with some of your favorite childhood classic book characters!

"The Rainbow Fish" Handprint Craft


Fun Handprint Art

If you love The Rainbow Fish, its shiny scales, and the lovely message about sharing, you’ll probably be a big fan of this handprint craft as well. To recreate this friendly fish on paper, you’ll have to get a little messy as your painted hand is what makes the fish. As you wait for your fish to dry, create an ocean scene on another sheet of paper for your fish to swim all around in. When both sheets are dry and ready to go, combine the two and finish decorating your fish, giving it an ample amount of shiny scales to share. 

"Where the Wild Things Are" Paper Bag Mask


Red Ted Art

Join Max on his daydream through the jungle and become one of the Wild Things with this paper bag mask craft. To jump right into Max’s world, you’ll need a paper bag, basic crafting paint, glue, and some scissors. The biggest decision you’ll have to make is if you want to king of the Wild Thing like Max or if you want to embrace your wild side and become one of the Wild Things. Either way, you’re in for a good time. 

"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" Handprint Pigeon Craft


Simple Everyday Mom

I think we can all agree that pigeons shouldn’t be driving buses. However, this grumpy pigeon from Mo Willems award-winning book series would beg to differ. Recreate your very own pigeon from cardstock and show the stubborn bird that driving a bus probably isn’t the best idea. Head on over to Simple Everyday Mom where you can find all of the details to make your very own unreasonable-but-lovable pigeon. 

"Dragons Love Tacos" Fire-Breathing Dragon Craft


Grace, Giggles & Naptime

If you love the book Dragons Love Tacos, you know how much dragons love tacos, but hate salsa. One little drop of the tasty condiment makes the dragons go wild and triggers their fire-breathing abilities. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happens at the end of Adam Rubin’s clever tale when the dragons accidentally get a taste of some mild salsa. See how you can recreate this fiery part of the story and make a fire-breathing dragon of your own over on Grace, Giggles & Naptime. It will definitely give you an up-close reminder to keep your salsa away from those dragons!

"The Lorax" Popsicle Stick Truffula Trees


Simple Everyday Mom

“Speak for the trees” and bring your very own Truffula trees to life with this popsicle stick craft. Head on over to Simple Everyday Mom where you’ll find a full rundown on making your own mini Truffula trees. You’ll want to stick with bright colors to make it look just like the illustrations in the book. While this craft is all about Truffula trees, it’s a great technique to use to make trees in future craft projects. Just swap out of the bright colors for different shades of green. 

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Puppet


Rhythms of Play

Your next reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is about to be very animated thanks to this caterpillar craft puppet. The simple craft takes Eric Carle’s famous illustrations right off the page and into the hands of your little ones. Not only are the puppets fun to play with, but they will help your kids get a different grasp on the simple story. As you read, let them follow along with the puppets and see if they make any new connections.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" Paper Umbrella Craft

That Kids Craft Site

Meatballs falling from the sky? I know it seems crazy, but in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, it’s just another day. Recreate the beloved illustrations from the childhood classic with this paper craft from That Kids Craft Site. If meatballs aren’t your thing, pick one of your favorite food items from the clever tale and see if you can recreate it on your own to hang underneath the umbrella. You can even turn on the movie adaption for a little creative inspiration. 

"Pete The Cat" Headband


SImple Everyday Mom

This lookalike headband from Simple Everyday Mom is here to show you how to stay cool just like Pete the Cat. This project is a perfect challenge for those little ones who love Pete, both in his books and on screen. The template also allows for different options depending on how detailed you want to make the project, so choose which one works best for you. No matter which one you choose, you’ll have to make sure you channel your inner Pete and keep a cool attitude.

"A Color Of His Own" Mosaic Chameleon


No Time for Flash Cards

Just like the book A Color of His Own, this craft project is all about going in your own direction and creating something unique. In this craft, each chameleon gets its one-of-a-kind look from foam sticky blocks. The little stickers mimic mosaic tiles and even help little ones practice their fine motor skills by peeling off the backs — a small bonus to the project. The best part about this craft is there is no right or wrong way to decorate your chameleon, since they're all true originals, just like the chameleon in the book.

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" Paper Tree Craft

Think you’ll have enough room on your very own coconut tree? There's only one way to find out. Head on over to I Heart Crafty Things to find out how you can build your very own coconut tree, just like the one from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Hopefully, your coconut tree will be a little more spacious and give the letters some room to spread out!