90+ Book Week Costume Ideas

90+ Book Week Costume Ideas

Book Week Costume Ideas

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Book Week Parade.

Do those three words inspire fear in you?
Or do they have you rubbing your hands gleefully together at the thought of all the hot-glue-gun-action that’s about to take place?

Unfortunately at my school, only the Infants kids get to parade. So during the Book Week Parade, I’ll be valiantly trying to get my class to concentrate whilst the fabulous costumes are paraded in the quadrangle right outside our classroom. (Wish me luck.)
So I’m going to have to live vicariously through all of your dressing-up efforts. (By “your” I totally mean “your kids.”)

Here’s a collection of bookishly delightful costumes ideas for the kids to parade in this Book Week.

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Picture Books About Anxiety and Worrying

Picture Books About Anxiety and Worrying

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Picture books are perfect conversation starters.
They provide a safe and comforting way for children to discuss some of the big issues and emotions filling their worlds.
Here are 8 picture books about anxiety and worrying that deal with this topic in beautifully sensitive ways.

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Rhyming Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhyming Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhyming Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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This post was initially titled “9 Rhyming Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers.”
I quickly realised that I could not narrow the list down to 9.
Every home library needs to contain a variety of rhyming books. Why?
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Make Paper Beads Using Old Picture Books

Make Paper Beads Using Old Picture Books

This is a fun and simple way for children to reuse and recycle your old picture books by turning them into paper beads. #kidscrafts #kidsactivities

What do you do with the picture books that are beyond being well-loved?
You know the ones- often not attached to their covers, pages missing, battered and torn…
My book-loving heart can’t bear to throw them out.
Here’s a way to extend their life by turning them into paper beads.

Watch how to make your own paper beads:

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Eric Carle Tissue Paper Stars

Eric Carle Tissue Paper Stars

An Eric Carle craft inspired by ‘Draw Me a Star.’

This Eric Carle craft was inspired by his gorgeous book "Draw Me a Star." We painted tissue paper and then created paper stars to make a wall hanging.

Over on his website, Eric Carle has an instruction sheet on how to paint tissue paper to create collages in the style of his work.
So we’ve been channeling our inner-Carles and painting lots of tissue paper here.

Watch the how-to video here:

This Eric Carle craft was inspired by his gorgeous book “Draw Me a Star.” We then created tissue paper stars to make a wall hanging.

This Eric Carle craft was inspired by his gorgeous book "Draw Me a Star." We painted tissue paper and then created paper stars to make a wall hanging.

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What you will need:

We used standard old tissue paper from the Dollar Shop.
We painted with acrylics mixed with a few drops of water.
Use a variety of paintbrushes to get varied strokes on your tissue paper,

Eric Carle Tissue Paper Stars

How to:

This is a fun, messy activity.
Lay cardboard under your tissue paper before you begin painting.
Eric Carle recommends lifting the tissue paper up off the cardboard regularly. This stops the tissue paper from sticking to the surface.
I had visions that the tissue paper would tear and fall apart. If your paint is diluted slightly with water, it’s surprising how well it takes to the paper. I did this activity with my almost-3-year-old and the tissue paper (mostly) withstood her “vigorous” painting. She did need to be reminded to take gentle strokes.
We did four lots of colours before we put the tissue paper aside to dry.
Make sure you have somewhere to lay it flat.
We kept adding layers of colour over the next few days.

Eric Carle Tissue Paper StarsOnce your painted tissue paper has dried, you’ll need craft glue, a paintbrush to apply it with and some thick cardboard. This was some packaging from a parcel.
Eric Carle Tissue Paper StarsWe drew stars based on the diagrams at the back of “Draw Me a Star.”Eric Carle Tissue Paper StarsCut the stars out and cover them in glue.

Eric Carle Tissue Paper StarsPlace glue-side down onto unpainted side of tissue paper.

Eric Carle Tissue Paper StarsCut the star out.

Eric Carle Tissue Paper Stars

This Eric Carle craft was inspired by his gorgeous book "Draw Me a Star." We painted tissue paper and then created paper stars to make a wall hanging.We then used scraps from our other tissue paper paintings and layered up our stars.

This Eric Carle craft was inspired by his gorgeous book "Draw Me a Star." We painted tissue paper and then created paper stars to make a wall hanging.I’ve been holding onto this branch for ages, waiting for the right craft project to come along.
(Hands up if you also hoard craft supplies waiting for the right project to manifest itself?!)
We painted it and strung wool back and forth.

This Eric Carle craft was inspired by his gorgeous book "Draw Me a Star." We painted tissue paper and then created paper stars to make a wall hanging.I used sellotape to secure the stars to the wool.
Our painted tissue paper masterpiece now sits in our entrance way.
We had a few stars left over which will be used as gift wrap decorations. (So if your birthday is coming up soon, you have been warned!)

Want more Eric Carle art and craft projects?

This paper plate firefly craft is the perfect accompaniment to a reading of Eric Carle's The Very Lonely Firefly. #kidscrafts #ericcarle #fireflycraft

Firefly Craft

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Arts and Crafts Inspired by Eric Carle for kids

Arts and Crafts Inspired by Eric Carle

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This Eric Carle craft was inspired by his gorgeous book "Draw Me a Star." We painted tissue paper and then created paper stars to make a wall hanging.

 

Picture Books We’ve Enjoyed This June

Picture Books We’ve Enjoyed This June

Picture Books du Monde

Picture Books We've Enjoyed This June www.ohcreativeday.comWelcome to Picture Books Du Monde, a monthly link-up where bloggers from around the world share their love of all things related to picture books.

In this month’s post, I’m sharing the books that we’ve enjoyed in June at our place.

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