For each book, we develop a simple craft that is created to further the enjoyment of the story, setting, or characters. Our crafts use familiar supplies: rarely more than some paper, paint, glue, string or recyclables. We like crafts that can be completed from pulling out supplies to clean up in no time at all; it’s up to you how long or involved to make it. None of the projects require preparation by adults beforehand, so you can spend the most time enjoying the process and watching your reader create their masterpieces.
From Olivia's Jackson Pollock painting and Miss Spider's Tea Party tea-stained paper to a Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf nature tote and The Snowy Day coffee filter snowflakes, see all our storybook-inspired craft and art projects here.
Benefits of Art Activities for Kids
- Promotes literacy skills by building print awareness, communication skills, and spatial relations skills.
- Enhances imagination and expression skills.
- Boosts self-esteem and confidence.
Our crafts are really just prompts to help you get your child started. Give them the basics and let their imagination do the rest. You will be amazed at the results!
It is very useful to have plenty of art supplies ready so you are ready when imaginations are ready to create. Keep them all in a designated area so they easily accessible but also don't take over the house! For a list of basics and more, see Off the Shelf's List of Reccomended Art Supplies. Check out our reccomended art and craft supplies in the shop!