I’m excited to have Chelsey from Buggy and Buddy here to share activities inspired by children’s books! These activities are ones I’ve loved when she’s shared, and I’m so happy to be able to share them! For more fun from Chelsey, also check out her salt art and balancing robot posts!
I’m absolutely thrilled to be guest posting here on The Pleasantest Thing today! I’m Chelsey, and I blog over at Buggy and Buddy about all kinds of learning activities for kids. I have a 3 year-old boy and 6 year-old girl who serve as my main inspiration. Today I’m sharing some children’s activities based on two of my favorite things- art and books!
My children and I are huge fans of children’s books. Not only does reading frequently to and with children help to develop early reading skills, but it’s also a great way to initiate conversations. Often the kids will point things out in books that remind them of something they’ve experienced. Other times they’ll comment on the illustrations or come up with questions and want to learn more about the subject of the book.
The five children’s books I’m sharing today are some of the most popular books for preschoolers and Kindergarteners, and they’re also favorites of my children! They’ve each inspired a fun art project for kids that I can’t wait to share with you!
5 Art Projects for Kids Inspired by Popular Children’s Books
Recently we made a paper plate ladybug craft after reading Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug. Often when we read the story the kids would talk about why the ladybug was grouchy. This would then lead to discussing all kinds of feelings people can have. To help the kids share more about feelings, I included a printable to go with the craft. On the printable the kids illustrate times when they’ve felt happy, sad, angry, and happy!
Elmer by David McKee is a great story to initiate discussions about being proud of your differences. The kids were fascinated with the design of the patchwork elephant so I created this sponge painted elephant project. The kids loved coming up with all kinds of patterns using colors.
I think one of the most popular books ever for young children is Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Both my kids have always enjoyed reading it with me over the years. It’s led to conversations about healthy eating, the caterpillar life cycle, collage artwork and even inspired lots of counting practice! My son became fascinated with caterpillars after reading this so I came up with this sponge painted caterpillar craft. He loved counting the circles he stamped on the paper as he made his very own caterpillar!
One of our favorite authors is Oliver Jeffers. The book, How to Catch a Star, is one of our favorites by him. It’s a great story to open up conversations about friendship and perseverance. The kids and I just fell in love with the illustrations. We made our own version of one of the illustrations using watercolors and salt!
If you haven’t read A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry, definitely take the time to find a copy. It’s such a simple book about trees and their importance to us. The kids always seem to really connect with the story and readily share all kinds of memories they have involving trees. They are also always fascinated with how different many trees can be. With my Kindergarten enrichment class we did some tree sketching on wooden panels based on the book. They were so proud to take them home and share them with their families!
Do you enjoy creating with your child? I’d love to invite you over to Buggy and Buddy where you can find many more ideas to create with your child in meaningful and fun ways!