We love Julia Donaldson books and today I’m sharing our favourite The Snail and The Whale craft ideas and activities to make and do alongside reading the book. There’s lots of inspiration here with everything from sensory play to teaching ideas and from paper plate crafts and origami to measuring activities, reading worksheets and process art – tons of fun ideas!

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Have you read The Scarecrows Wedding? It’s one of my favourite Julia Donaldson books and is perfect if your kids are learning about farms, harvest or just if you like activities for kids books! This paper bag puppet is easy for kids to make to act out the story with – or create a new adventure – and today I’m sharing a little video tutorial as well to help you see how easy these are to make.

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I’m really excited to be working with Macmillan Children’s Books to share a craft with you today for Julia Donaldson’s new book – What The Ladybird Heard on Holiday. This cute paper plate craft can be adapted for different ages as you’ll see below and I must admit that I rather love it’s little folding wings and the ‘secret’ that they ladybird hides beneath them. This What The Ladybird Heard craft is a great activity to do if you’re reading the new book (or the others in the series!) and is super cheap to make too.

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I love activities that you can do alongside kids favourite books and these If You Give A Mouse A Cookie activities are all fantastic! The book itself is a classic with sixteen further books in the the series but of course you can’t beat the original! With maths games, sensory bottles and puppets these would make great If You Give A Mouse A Cookie activities for preschool but there’s plenty of fun ideas that older kids will enjoy too.

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I am so excited to be working with Macmillan Children’s Books to share with you this edible playdough recipe! Firstly, because Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet are two of my favourite people when it comes to childrens books. Yes, my kids love them too (Supertato is crazy popular here) but I’m normally the one reading and it’s their books I go to first as well. Secondly because to celebrate the launch of their new book Cake we’ve been making some birthday cake themed edible playdough and it smelt sooooo good! I had my daughter on hand as product tester and she had a great time with this – I hope your kids love it just as much!

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