Craft at Home

18 November 2020

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

 

Pirates and Princesses

Ahoy, me hearties! Here's a swashbuckling story with some wise pirate advice for everyone. Have a giggle at our pirate songs and jokes. ��‍☠️

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

Make your own parrot pal  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
Accessed September 2020


Make a Hat Day! 

 Did you know that 15 September 2020, is make a hat day?!? Perhaps you'd like to make a jester hat like ours? Download the template(PDF, 25KB) .

Library staff member holding books, pirate hat and wearing an example of the jester hat craft

Old Hat
Text and illustrations © Emily Gravett 2018
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018
Accessed September 2020.

I Got This Hat
Text © Kate Temple and Jol Temple 2014
Published by ABC Books, 2014
Accessed September 2020.


Spring

������ Spring is in the air, and our craft is all about the flowers we see in spring. ������

Find some materials at home and get inspired to create your own spring flower garden. Practise tearing, cutting, folding and gluing while you make your craft. Download your template(PDF, 32KB).

Flower craft made of cardboard, patty pans, pipecleaner, buttons and pompoms.

The ABC Book of Seasons
Text © Helen Martin and Judith Simpson 2014
Illustrations © Cheryl Orsini 2014
Published by ABC Books 2014
Accessed September 2020

I Saw a Bee
Text and illustrations © Rob Ramsden 2019
Published by Scallywag Press 2019
Accessed September 2020.


Father's Day

Check out this adorabl sloth craft.  You can make this for someone special in your life. Download the template(PDF, 1MB) .

Fathers Day books with storytime sloth craft

My Papa is a Princess
Written and Illustrated by Doug Cenko © 2018
Published by Blue Manatee Press 2018
Accessed September 2020.

I Love My Daddy
Written by  Giles Andreae © 2011
Illustrated by
 Emma Dodd © 2011
Published by Orchard House 2011
Accessed September 2020.


Monster Mashup

 "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 template(PDF, 392KB)

 Scribble monster craft examples and monster picture books

The Gruffalo Text © Julia Donaldson 1999
Illustrations © Axel Scheffler 1999
Published by MacMillan Children's Books
Accessed August 2020

Go Away, Big Green Monster
Text and illustrations © Ed Emberly 1992
Published by Little, Brown and Company 2005
Accessed August 2020


Oceans

Our themed craft is the Australian flatback sea turtle.  You'll need a paper plate or bowl and download the flatback sea turtle craft here Turtle-template-and-colour-in.pdf(PDF, 253KB)

Example of turtle craft made from cardboard and paper, pictured with sea creature books

Louie and Snippy Save the Sea
Text © Collette Dinnigan
Illustrations © Grant Cowan
Published by Berbay Publishing Pty Ltd Australia 2020
(CBCA Shortlisted Book 2020)

Octopus Socktopus
Text and illustrations © Nick Sharratt
Published by Alison Green Books UK 2020

Silly Sea
Text and illustrations © Jack Tickle
Published by Caterpillar Books UK 2012


Cats and Dogs

Make your own cat/dog masks with our template here Download your template(PDF, 378KB).

Image of cat and dog books and cat and dog face mask craft  

Bad Dog
Text and Illustrations © Mike Boldt, 2019
Published by Penguin, 2019
Accessed August 2020

My Dog Bigsy
Text and illustrations © Alison Lester 2019
Published by Penguin - Picture Puffin, 2019
Accessed August 2020

 


Toothy Tales 

���� Happy healthy smiles are the feature of this week's craft. Downloadable template coming soon. ����

image of books about teeth and tooth themed craft

The Little Bush Nurse: Mucky Ucky Teeth
Text copyright © Naomi Cook 2019
Illustrations copyright © Leigh Brown 2019
Published by Nurse Naomi Press
Accessed July 2020

Never Feed a Queen a Jellybean
Text copyright © Rosie Greening 2019
Illustrations copyright © Kali Stileman
2019 Published by Make Believe Ideas Ltd
Accessed July 2020

 


Numbers and Counting 

Download our counting carrots craft template NumbersCountingCraft_Carrots.pdf(PDF, 392KB)  

 Storytime craft counting

5 Wild Numbers
Text and illustrations by Bella Gomez © 2018
Published by Quarto UK, 2018
Accessed August 2020

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
Accessed April 2020.


Robots and Mermaids

 You can download the templates for our Mermaid(PDF, 68KB) and Robot(PDF, 43KB) crafts.

Rusty the Squeaky Robot
Text and illustrations copyright © Neil Clark, 2018
Published by Murdoch Books, 2018
Accessed July 2020

Five Sparkly Mermaids
Text copyright © Christie Hainsby, 2020
Illustrations copyright © Dawn Machell, 2020
Published by Make Believe Ideas, 2020
Accessed July 2020