Crafts

We do lots of craft in our Storytime sessions. We've recorded some so you can make them at home. We've included links to Storybox to provide a book to go with the craft if you would like to a Storytime session at home, or just spend some activity time with your child.

Create & craft

We have created a series of videos detailing some of the crafts we offer in Storytime. We've linked them to a book that compliments the craft, so if you wanted to, you could have your own Storytime session with your child or a group of children and parents.

You can log into Storybox with your library card:

  • Go to the Storybox page.
  • Type in your library card number in the box in the centre of the screen.
  • Click the Log in button and search for stories.

Alternatively, you can click on the links provided with the videos to go directly to the books nominated.

Macca the Alpaca

 

This craft is designed to be created in partnership with the picture book, Macca the Alpaca

The video has been sped up, however, you can pause it as you go along. Details on how to log into Storybox, a list of supplies and any templates needed for the craft are below.

Create and craft: Macca the Alpaca

This craft is designed to be created in partnership with the picture book, Macca the Alpaca, by Matt Cosgrove. You can log into Storybox to hear the story with your library card.

 If you are not already logged into Storybox:

  • Click the link above to go to the Storybox page for this book.
  • To log in, hover over the 'log in' link at the top right of the page and click on 'Public Library & Tertiary'.
  • Choose 'City of Unley' from the library list and type in your library card number.
  • Click the Log in button and the story video will start.

For this craft you will need:

  • 1 x paper plate (cut in half)
  • 1 x template printed on card
  • 1 x googly eye
  • 2 x patty pans
  • 2 x squares of decorative paper (we used glitter paper but pearl paper would also work)
  • 1 x cotton wool ball
  • 1 x strip of crepe paper
  • Assorted pompoms
  • Coloured textas
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Sticky tape
  • Alpaca template to download and print(PDF, 30KB)

 

The great rabbit chase

This craft is designed to be created in partnership with the picture book, The Great Rabbit Chase.

The video has been sped up, however, you can pause it as you go along. Details on how to log into Storybox, a list of supplies and any templates needed for the craft are below.

The Great Rabbit Chase

This craft is designed to be created in partnership with the picture book, The Great Rabbit Chase, by Australian author Freya Blackwood. You can log into Storybox to hear the story with your library card 

 If you are not already logged into Storybox:

  • Click the link above to go to the Storybox page for this book.
  • To log in, hover over the 'log in' link at the top right of the page and click on 'Public Library & Tertiary'.
  • Choose 'City of Unley' from the library list and type in your library card number.
  • Click the Log in button and the story video will start.

For this craft you will need:

  • 1 x copy of the template, printed on card - template to download and print(PDF, 36KB)
  • Small handful of cotton wool balls
  • 1 x small pompom
  • 2 x googly eyes
  • 1 x piece of glittery/specialty paper
  • 1 x head sized piece of frieze tape/ribbon/card
  • Access to scissors, glue, textas, stapler

Directions:

  • Cut out the ears template
  • Cut out specialty paper to fit the inside part of the ears and glue on
  • Glue around the outside part of the ears and stretch out the cotton wool balls and stick on
  • Measure frieze tape around head and staple.
  • Staple ears to the frieze tape
  • Glue on googly eyes and pompom nose
  • Use a texta to draw some whiskers
  • Wear your adorable bunny ears at Easter time

 

Downloadable Templates

Doing craft activities with your toddler or preschooler helps to develop fine motor skills, creativity, and early literacy as you work together, discuss what you are making , and act and play with your finished craft. Here you will find some of the crafts we have designed for our Storytime programs. Download and print these at home, grab some scissors, sticky tape and glue, and get crafting! We have paired these with some matching picture books to inspire further reading and play.

 


 

Parrot Pal

Kids craft example of two parrots made from coloured cardboard and paper, sitting on arms  

Download the template(PDF, 954KB)

How to be a pirate
Text © Isaac Fitzgerald 2020
Illustrations © Brigette Barrager 2020
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books 2020


Hanging Peg Sloth

Perfec to make for someone special in your life.

Fathers Day books with storytime sloth craft

Download the template(PDF, 1MB)

Wild About Dads
Text and illustrations © Philip Bunting 2020
Published by Hardie Grant Children's Publishing 2020


Scribble Monster

 "But who is this creature with terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws?" ��  Create your very own scribble monster. Get your pencils, crayons and textas and scribble a monster shape in the middle of a piece of paper. Use as many colours as you like. Use our template to cut out and stick on eyes, ears, and noses. Give your monster a name and a scary or silly power. 

 Scribble monster craft examples and monster picture books

Download the template(PDF, 392KB)

The Gruffalo
Text © Julia Donaldson 1999
Illustrations © Axel Scheffler 1999
Published by MacMillan Children's Books

Go Away, Big Green Monster
Text and illustrations © Ed Emberly 1992
Published by Little, Brown and Company 2005


Counting Carrots

 Storytime craft counting

Download the template(PDF, 392KB)   

Let's Count Goats!
Text by Mem Fox © 2010
Illustrations by Jan Thomas © 2010
Published by Beach Lane Books 2010

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Copyright © 1999 by James Dean (for the character of Pete the cat)
Text copyright © Eric Litwin, 2012
Illustrations copyright © James Dean 2012
Published by HarperCollins


 Pop Up Birthday Card

Storytime Live - Birthdays

Download the template(PDF, 405KB)

Bake a Rainbow Cake!
Text by Amirah Kassem © 2020
Illustrations by Elisa Chavarri © 2020
Published by Abrams Books 2020


Bunny Cutting Station

For practicing fine motor skills using scissors.

Coloured paper cutting craft storytime bunny rabbit faces shapes

Download the template(PDF, 10KB)

The Terrible Plop
Text by Ursula Dubosarsky © 2012
Illustrations by Andrew Joyner © 2012
Published by Penguin Australia 2012


Recycled CD Fish

Use old CDs to make a hanging fish

Fish hanging craft recycled CDs storytime template

Download the template(PDF, 389KB)

The Rainbow Fish
Text and illustrations by Marcus Pfister © 1992
Published by Walker Books Australia 2016