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

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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!

64 Responses to “Bringing Your Child's Book to Life Fun Activity & Craft”

  1. fancygrlnancy (Nancy Partin) August 17, 2012 at 11:27 am #

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

  2. Cassandra Eastman August 18, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    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 August 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

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

  4. Terri Betz August 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    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 August 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    Cute book and fun idea!

  6. Renea Greathouse August 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    What a sweet idea to go with a cute book.

  7. Sarah Osborne August 19, 2012 at 12:17 am #

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

  8. Rebekah August 19, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    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. Vanessa Coker August 19, 2012 at 11:53 am #

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

  10. Anita Anderson August 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

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

  11. elise August 19, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

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

  12. elise August 19, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    I love this! Cute idea!

  13. elise August 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    I love this!

  14. Alicia August 20, 2012 at 11:28 am #

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

  15. Kelsey Sorensen August 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    LOVE it!

  16. Missy August 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Very cute and easy to do with toddlers!

  17. Michelle S. August 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

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

  18. Jessica Simms August 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    very cute

  19. Sara Kay August 21, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    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 August 21, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    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 August 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

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

  22. Autumn August 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

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

  23. Liz L. August 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Bringing books to life with props – love it!

  24. Hyatt August 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm #


  25. Sherry J. August 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

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

  26. Kristen August 22, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    What a cute book!

  27. Addison Kat August 22, 2012 at 8:31 am #

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

  28. Natalie S August 22, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    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 August 22, 2012 at 10:56 am #

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

  30. Holly Marie August 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm #


  31. Colleen Maurina August 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    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 August 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

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

  33. Felicia R August 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

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

  34. Dawn Crockett August 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Love this idea! Too cute! 🙂

  35. Dawn Crockett August 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Too cute! Love this idea! 🙂

  36. pam long August 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

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

  37. Kim August 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    So cute! Will definitely have to try that out!

  38. Amy August 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

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

  39. crea August 23, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    that is so cute!

  40. kelly nicholson August 23, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    no children,but thanks for the advice

  41. Tarah August 23, 2012 at 11:03 am #

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

  42. Brenda H August 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

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

  43. Ali Schroeder August 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

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

  44. Jennifer August 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

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

  45. Jana August 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    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 August 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    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 August 24, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    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 August 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

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

  49. jennifer kimberly August 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    This looks like fun always looking for new ideas

  50. beth autry August 25, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    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 August 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

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

  52. maria elena August 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    very cute.. love the idea

  53. Sami Carter August 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    So cute! What a great idea!

  54. Heidi Daily August 26, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    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 August 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    That is so cute!

  56. Jes August 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    How adorable!

  57. farah August 26, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

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

  58. Ivy August 27, 2012 at 10:13 am #

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

  59. Erika P. August 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

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

  60. susan smoaks August 28, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    i can’t wait to try this activity out

  61. tamar August 29, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    This is so adorable. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  62. Kathy Pease September 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    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 September 2, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    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 September 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

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