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Dear LM_Netters,

Wow and thank you for the response you gave me regarding the book-related
craft activities. As promised, I am posting the responses I got. I'm also
including the email addresses of the sources to give credit where it's due
and in case anyone has any questions. Below is the list of hits I got. Thanks
again to all & good luck this school year!

Rita Mayer
Media Specialist
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Miami, Florida USA

Book-Related Craft Activity Hits:

FROM Wendy40@aol.com:
<A HREF="http://familycrafts.about.com/library/blspecdays.htm">Special Days
to Celebrate - Holiday Crafts and Activities</A>

FROM lansbro@webtv.net:
this is something I am interested in
why not do different kinds of puppets paper bag , finger puppets ones
made of clothes pins - children can make them
flannel board strories
find book with little cut and paste activities make little creatures out
of craft balls with glue gun or fabric paint
make dioramas of stories
use pellon (interacing to make flannel board characters
go to teacher stores and find these books
scholastic books also have some of these small cut and paste stories
that the children can make

FROM sg93xaw8@hans.math.upenn.edu:
go to www.dogpile.com or your favorite search engine and search on the
following string:
+free +printable +"coloring pages"
Another search would be
+(paperdolls OR "paper dolls") +printable
You can also be specific if you have a particular book or illustrator
or topic in mind.
+"coloring page" +"sea shells"
brought up the fllowing link, for example:
Here are my favorite book related craft activities:
We made stick puppets of the Berenstain Bears and acted out thee story
Inside outside Upside Down.  Then we acted out The Three Bears using
our puppets, Sister Bear was Goldilocks, and Brother Bear was Baby
Bear, Mama and Papa Berenstain played Mama and Papa bear.  Once I read
the story in German, and made oatmeal "porridge" for the children to
We used the Berenstain Bears paperdolls and clothes when I read Jessie
Bear, Jessie Bear
What will You Wear?
We made paperbag handpuppets of the old lady who swallowed a fly and
Bown Bear Brown Bear What do you See? I have the commercial puppets
that go with the books (the Old Lady and Bill Martin's Brown Bear) and
the children really enjoyed acting out the story's and then
making puppets.  One girl told me a week later that she is still
playing with her puppet.
The older children drew the animals (I demonstrated how they can use
shapes like rectangles, triangles and circles to make a primitive but
recognizable representation of each animal the old lady ate--Mom's were
impressed)  The younger children received a coloring page of the
animals which they colored, cut out, and pasted to old card catalog
cards to make them stiff.  The pieces were put into a big pocket we
made on the paperbag puppet, as the old lady "ate" each animal.
I also used the following url for making a flip-page coloring book to
accompany "I know an old lady who swallowed a fly".


There are also other coloring pages for rhymes.

This is the url for the Brown Bear coloring pages:
Sometimes the children just colored while I read.  They loved the
Arthur pages when I read Arthur books.

One other paperdoll page I handed out for coloring was

Another page I liked for its costumes was
It was not working today when I checked, but maybe it will come back up
when school

Another page for paper dolls is
is a pages that offers graphic organizers and other resources for new
teachers.  Although not directly on nyour topic for crafts, it looked

FROM Jerart@aol.com:
As a former art teacher, I would suggest providing paper, markers, scissors,
construction paper, glue (depending on how much mess you want to deal with)
and picking a theme from the story and letting the children illustrate it.
Keep it simple.  Don't overwhelm them with choices, but you might have them
illustrate the main characters,or pick and draw the scariest part, the
funniest part, the part they liked best, etc.  Let them know that whatever
they do is ok and their work doesn't have to be perfect.  It might be helpful
to reread part of the story to them as they work to keep it fresh in their

FROM murphy1620@aol.com:
DLTK's Printable Crafts for Kids        http://www.dltk-kids.com

FROM Marliztay@aol.com:
Daisy Head Maisie by Dr. Seuss- We made daisy heads that the children wore as
they left the library.  A band, a stem, a flower with petals, and some
leaves.  You can picture it, I'm sure.
Simple- cut-outs and glue and staple the band.

FROM lmilner@wi.rr.com:
I get some ideas from
commercial books with blackline masters.  We make a lot of puppets, etc.

FROM barbara@austarmetro.com.au:
Grab this opportunity for collaboration with both hands!!!  It will lead to
so much for you, the kids and the teacher.

Why not discuss with the teacher the theme being followed in class, and then
find some storybooks that support this. Together choose the one that you
will read and then have her suggest the art/craft activity to follow.  As
you become more experienced you will be able to make suggestions too.

Display the finished products in the library with acknowledgement - that
gets the kids, their peers and their parents in - as well as given the kids
a great thrill to see their work has purpose and is valued. Have them write
a description of the story that started it, how the product was made and so
forth,  That gives the kids an opportunity to  explore procedural writing as
well as helping them make the links between all that they have done.
(Apparent to teachers but not always to kids and parents.) Add some photos
too and maybe even some speech bubbles with the kids' opinion of the book or
what they have learned about the topic. Self-assessment begins early.

Next thing you know, other classes will be begging for their teachers to
collaborate with you too - and you are on your way!

FROM jjjgerlach@hotmail.com:
Hi - I love to do The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush with 2nd graders.
After reading this story, take a large piece of white construction/drawing
paper and a box of pastel chalks - divide the class into groups of 4 - and
then have each group work together creating their own sunset on their own
pure white buckskin (construction paper).

Also with Anansi the Spider stories the students can create their own little
spiders by taking a piece of black construction paper - folded in half -
about the size of their hand.  Have each student trace his four fingers at
the fold and then cut out this shape.  The result - an 8-legged spider!

FROM rderva@infi.net:
I'm not sure if this applies but many of the teachers guides to language
arts books have suggested crafts and follow-up projects for use with
featured books.

Another source is the Frank Schaffer periodical, the Good Apple.

Back in the old Whole Language days many of our K-2 staff got their arts
and craft follow-up ideas from these magazines. They usually have a few
good seasonal book activities every month.

FROM llpalmer@bellsouth.net:
Try enchantedlearning.com
Use Ellison die-cuts (or
other die-cuts) and having the kids color those
and then using a strip of paper (Sentence strips
cut in half work well) you can either tape, glue
or staple their colored die cut onto the paper and
then staple it so it will fit onto their heads as
a headband i.e. bunny headbands, cat headbands,
whale headbands and so forth.  These can tie in
easily and well with stories and most Kindergarten
and 1st graders enjoy making them.


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