Inside: These 15 picture book activities go great with your preschooler’s favorite stories. Great hands-on activities that help to further explore the books!
Pairing a hands-on activity with a book after you read it is a great way for preschoolers to comprehend what happened in the story.
It provides an opportunity for you to discuss the lessons that the book is sharing with us, and helps children form a stronger memory of the story.
From art to color sorting to fine motor, this list contains 15 fun activities based on popular picture books for you to experience along with your little ones!
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15 Picture Book Activities that Preschoolers Love
- Rainbow Fish Playdough – This beautiful tray setup invites preschoolers to create a colorful Rainbow Fish of their own. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
- Very Busy Spider Webs – Practice lacing with paper plate and twine spider webs from The Very Busy Spider for fine motor skills. (Crafting Chicks)
- Put Me in the Zoo Plate – Create this cute face from Put Me in the Zoo using paper plates, paint, and pompoms. (Surviving a Teacher’s Salary)
- Chester the Raccoon – Adorable paper plate raccoon faces based on The Kissing Hand. (Simply Kinder)
- Brown Bear Color Matching – Free printable color matching game using the animals from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (No Time for Flash Cards)
- Very Hungry Caterpillar Stamping – Practice stamping with toilet paper rolls and paint to make The Very Hungry Caterpillar. (Lil Scholars University)
- Stacking Apples Squeeze Balls – Create balloon squeeze balls from Ten Apples Up On Top! for a balancing activity. (Little Bins for Little Hands)
- Caterpillar Headband – Super cute headbands based off of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to wear while you read the book. (Libraryland)
- Magnetic Book Puppet – Create a velcro or magnetic puppet to go along with There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly using the free printable. (Sunflower Storytime)
- Mixing Colors – Learn how colors are mixed hands-on with this activity based on Mix It Up! (Buggy and Buddy)
- Button Sorting – Practice sorting buttons into cups by colors based on Corduroy. (The Princess and the Tot)
- Cloud Shapes – Based on Little Cloud by Eric Carle, toddlers will make their own cloud shapes by painting white paint on blue paper and folding it in half to make the cloud symmetrical. (Teach Beside Me)
- Mosaic Chameleon – Use foam shapes to create beautiful mosaic chameleons from A Color Of His Own. (No Time For Flash Cards)
- Vegetable Soup – After reading the classic book Growing Vegetable Soup, make your own vegetable soup together as a class. (Pre-K Pages)
- Pancake Plate – Paint some fun pretend pancakes on a plate inspired by If You Give a Pig a Pancake. (A Little Pinch of Perfect)
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