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 the templates 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.



Hanging Peg Sloth

Perfect 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

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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