We are in love with the author Eric Carle, so I thought it would be fun to put together 20 Eric Carle craft projects for kids that go with his books.
Literacy is a very important part of our toddler and preschool curriculum. We read several books each day and often will invite the children to create a craft that connects to one of them. Our 3 year olds also enjoy circle time activities that go with the books, and we will also extend related activities to other areas of our classroom, such as the light table and writing table. We even add literacy to our block corner. Our goal is to set a firm foundation for the love of books that will stay with our students their entire lives.
This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
20 Eric Carle Craft Projects for Kids:
- The Grouchy Ladybug: Add some counting to this ladybug craft after reading the book.
- Mister Seahorse: Use coffee filters and markers with water to make a seahorse. (Planet Smartypants)
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?: Grab a brown paper bag and some paper plates to make a brown bear mask. (Toddler Approved)
- The Very Busy Spider: Put together a spider food craft with crackers and sweet potato hummus. (Off the Shelf)
- The Very Quiet Cricket: Paint a paper tube green to make a cute cricket. (Ramblings of a Crazy Woman)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Practice visual discrimination with a letter sorts activity. (Growing Book by Book)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Make and wear a caterpillar headband. (Libraryland)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Remove shoes and socks to make footprint caterpillars. (Rubberboots and Elf Shoes)
- Pancakes, Pancakes:Download a free pancake template and draw what you want on your pancake. (Activity Village)
- The Tiny Seed: Create either a stained glass flower or or a multiple texture flower. (3 Dinosaurs)
- The Tiny Seed: Use a paper cup to make pop-out flowers. (Toddler Approved)
- A House for Hermit Crab: Make a colorful crab out of a paper plate and a handprint. (Early Teacher)
- The Mixed-Up Chameleon: Add texture on top of paint to create colorful chameleons. (Meri Cherry)
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?: Create a polar bear mask with a paper plate and an empty fruit cup. (I Heart Crafty Things)
- The Grouchy Ladybug: Make a 3-dimensional ladybug out of construction paper. (Tippytoe Crafts)
- The Very Lonely Firefly: Neon bandaids make cool fireflies! (No Time for Flashcards)
- The Very Busy Spider: Thread spiderwebs out of yarn across a paper plate. (Teach Preschool)
- 10 Rubber Ducks: Glue yellow tissue paper on a paper plate to make a duck. (Glued to My Crafts)
- Little Cloud: Whip up some glue and shaving cream to make clouds. (I Can Teach My Child)
- Little Cloud: Use a cloud template and cotton balls to paint clouds in the sky. (Kids Activities Blog)
- 10 Simple Eric Carle Activities for Toddlers (Lemon Lime Adventures)
- A Collection of Montessori-Inspired Eric Carle Activities (Living Montessori Now)
More activities that go with books: