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Bringing Your Child’s Book to Life Fun Activity & Craft

Reading to your child has many benefits from developing language to growing imagination. We have blogged about bringing your child’s books to life including I Am A Bunny & Skippyjon Jones. We had a request to bring A Cuddle for Little Duck to life and we had fun doing it! We liked A Cuddle for Little Duck because it is a sweet book of the simple joys of everyday living and the importance of cuddles – what’s not to love about that!

What you need:

  1. A Cuddle for Little Duck book
  2. Yellow & orange construction paper
  3. Non Toxic glue
  4. Googly eyes
  5. Scissors (adult use only)
  6. A nature trail, forest preserve, prairie, pond or pet shop if you can’t go outside in nature.
  7. Open arms for cuddles

What to do:

  1. Read the book A Cuddle for Little Duck
  2. Act the scenes: run through the meadow (a prairie, park, empty lot, yard, will work), go to a pond to look at frogs (pet shop will work in a pinch), sit under a tree and tell your child a story (mommy duck tells a story at lunch to baby duck), put on some music and shake your tail feathers like little duck
  3. Cut a big yellow circle from construction paper for ducks body, a smaller one for head and 2 ovals for wings (teach your child shapes while you do this)
  4. Cut small triangle from orange construction paper for beak and two bigger triangles for feet
  5. Glue all the parts together to form a duck
  6. Glue on to face the beak and googly eyes
  7. Be sure to give lots of cuddles throughout the day

If there is a children’s book you would like us to bring to life, please let us know by leaving a comment!

Posted August 17, 2012

by MichelleH


66 Responses

  1. cute book. I love bringing books to life with props. Thanks for the idea with this book.

  2. Cassandra Eastman says:

    This is such a cute idea, my son would really love this! Will have to rent this book at the library and do this craft together. Very creative!

  3. Molly Bussler says:

    Love this little book, would love to read it to my baby boy.

  4. Terri Betz says:

    I’d like to see you bring to life the book, Goodnight Moon! Great idea! :) I think I can try this idea too!

  5. Cassandra Aubut says:

    Cute book and fun idea!

  6. Renea Greathouse says:

    What a sweet idea to go with a cute book.

  7. Sarah Osborne says:

    What a cute idea! And such a fun way to make reading fun for little kids.

  8. Rebekah says:

    I love creating the props and acting out the book. I hadn’t thought of doing this with children’s books, but it looks so fun!

  9. How cute and fun! I think the Very Hungry Caterpillar would be cool :) or Peter Rabbit.

  10. Anita Anderson says:

    OMG that was soooo cute :-) my son would so make me go to the dollar store to make that.

  11. elise says:

    I love that the craft helps the children remember the story!

  12. elise says:

    I love this! Cute idea!

  13. elise says:

    I love this!

  14. Amber says:

    This is an adorable idea. I’ll be trying this out with my little guy tomorrow. :D

  15. Alicia says:

    I like this idea, I deff want to try this out with the children at my daycare. =)

  16. Kelsey Sorensen says:

    LOVE it!

  17. Missy says:

    Very cute and easy to do with toddlers!

  18. Michelle S. says:

    It never dawned on me to create the characters from children’s books. I like the idea a lot! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Sara Kay says:

    As a new grandma, I can’t tell you how helpful this is! I have this book! I would love to see how you can bring “Where The Wild Things Are” to life!! :-) Thanks so much for all your ideas!

  20. Karen Rogers says:

    Making this craft to dramatize the story will provide many opportunities to reread the book which is essential for learning to read.

  21. jessica baucom says:

    Very cute! Great idea! Will deff have to try this and it would work with alot of other books also!

  22. Autumn says:

    Cute idea. I think I need to find a prop for Love You, Forever!

  23. Liz L. says:

    Bringing books to life with props – love it!

  24. Hyatt says:


  25. Sherry J. says:

    I would like to see the Llama Llama books or Dr. Suess books come to life! That’s such a cute idea!

  26. Kristen says:

    What a cute book!

  27. Addison Kat says:

    How fun! This would also make a great Easter craft!

  28. Natalie S says:

    What a great idea! I will need to do this with my almost 4 year old! He really enjoys crafts and this is a fun one especially since it’s associated with a book!

  29. Laura Miller says:

    I love this post! We do things like this too from time to time! My kids do so love story time! :)

  30. mrs. bacon says:

    My son would love this….

  31. Colleen Maurina says:

    This is such a great idea! Our little guy loves to have books read to him every day and has many favorites. I’m looking forward to thinking of ways to bring them to life.

  32. Stacey B says:

    I love this idea. It’s simple, fun, inexpensive, and cute! Thank you!

  33. Felicia R says:

    I love this idea! My daughter is obsessed with animala and would love to make her own duckie!

  34. pam long says:

    cute idea… I love reading and want to share that love with my grandchildren

  35. Love this idea! Too cute! :)

  36. Too cute! Love this idea! :)

  37. Kim says:

    So cute! Will definitely have to try that out!

  38. Amy says:

    What a great idea to get my little ones excited about what we’re reading. Love it!!!

  39. crea says:

    that is so cute!

  40. kelly nicholson says:

    no children,but thanks for the advice

  41. Tarah says:

    What a great idea! I’ll have to do this with my son!

  42. Brenda H says:

    I love reading to my children! Great moments for us both!!

  43. Ali Schroeder says:

    I love this idea! Reading is a big thing in our house and crafts are always fun!

  44. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the great idea! My son will love this!!

  45. Jana says:

    What a great idea to bring the book to life and make it more real for your child. I could see reading the book, making the craft and then reading the book while cuddling the duck. :-)

  46. Alicia C says:

    This is such a cute idea!! My little one already loves books, but if we can add a craft it would be even better!!

  47. Amanda Baird says:

    Im always trying to find new fun things to do with my kids..Never thought to make a book come to life basially. Thanks!

  48. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    Would love to read this and do the craft with my children!

  49. jennifer kimberly says:

    This looks like fun always looking for new ideas

  50. beth autry says:

    my one year old granddaughter loves books and i am always looking for new books to read to her and loves to do art projects.

  51. Kristin says:

    This is such a cute idea! I’m so gonna try this when my little one comes!

  52. maria elena says:

    very cute.. love the idea

  53. Sami Carter says:

    So cute! What a great idea!

  54. Heidi Daily says:

    This a cute craft to go along with this cute book. I think it is important to extend activities from books to improve children’s understanding of the story and love of books

  55. Kristi says:

    That is so cute!

  56. Jes says:

    How adorable!

  57. farah says:

    Such a cute book would love to read it to my little princess :)

  58. Ivy says:

    This is so cute!!
    My boys love the llama, llama books…can you bring baby llama to life? :)

  59. Erika P. says:

    This is a neat idea to try with other books about nature too.

  60. susan smoaks says:

    i can’t wait to try this activity out

  61. tamar says:

    This is so adorable. Thanks for the idea :)

  62. Kathy Pease says:

    what a fabulous idea mixing reading and crafts.this would make reading fun not only for the child but for the parent too :)

  63. Joy Pablo says:

    This is such a sweet idea!! We always read to our little ones at bedtime but this is such a creative way to incorporate reading at any time of the day!!! I love it we will definitely be giving this a try =)

  64. Thao Nguyen says:

    The book is lovely, cute, and fun to read for kids

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