Storytime Activities

Pair fun crafts with some of our delightful picture books for an engaging story time event!

Paper Plate Hair Cut Activity

Pair this activity with Blue Bison Needs a Haircut by Scott Rothman and illustrated by Pete Oswald

What You’ll Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Markers, crayons or colored pencils


  1. Have kids draw a face on their paper plate.
  2. With color pencils or markers color the top of the plate with whatever color they would like the “hair” to be.
  3. Carefully and with supervision if needed, cut slits into the top of the paper plate to create “hair.”
  4. Using the scissors carefully, kids can give their paper plate person a hair cut.
Blue Bison Needs a Haircut

Blue Bison Needs a Haircut By Scott Rothman; illustrated by Pete Oswald

Blue Bison tries his best to be patient in this humorous picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Pete Oswald.

Handprint Kitten Activity

Pair this activity with This Story is Not About a Kitten, by Randall de Sève and illustrated by Carson Ellis

What you’ll need:

  • Black Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • White or silver gel pen
  • Eye stickers or googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Have kids trace their hands on the black construction paper with a pencil.
  2. Carefully and with supervision cut along the pencil line. Also cut a cat head shape (one circle with two triangles on top for ears).
  3. Decorate the cat by sticking on eyes and drawing details with the gel pen. Be sure to draw ears, mouth, snout and whiskers!
  4. On the hand print, draw claws on all fingers except the thumb, this will be the tail.
  5. Place the hand print, fingers pointing down, on a flat surface and glue on the cat head to the base of the pinky finger to create the cat!
This Story Is Not About a Kitten

This Story Is Not About a Kitten By Randall de Sève; illustrated by Carson Ellis

A heartwarming picture book about a neighborhood coming together to help a kitten find a home, from a New York Times bestselling author and a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator.

Rain Cloud in a Jar Activity

Pair this activity with Misty the Cloud: Friends Through Rain or Shine by Dylan Dryer and illustrated by Rosie Butcher.

What You’ll Need:

  • Mason jar or clear vase
  • Shaving cream
  • Water
  • Food coloring


  1. Fill your glass jar or vase ¾ full with water
  2. Create the cloud by spraying shaving cream on top of the water.
  3. Drop the food coloring one drop at a time into the shaving cream and watch the color rain down in the jar below.
Misty the Cloud: Friends Through Rain or Shine

Misty the Cloud: Friends Through Rain or Shine By Dylan Dreyer; illustrated by Rosie Butcher

New York Times bestselling author, TODAY Show co-host, and meteorologist Dylan Dreyer’s next Misty adventure is all about getting along and learning to compromise! Social-emotional learning meets weather concepts in this bestselling franchise.

Sponge Stamp Neighborhood Activity

Pair this activity with All Are Neighbors by Alexandra Penfold, and illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman.

What You’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Clean dry sponges
  • Paint Scissors
  • Paper Plate


  1. Using the scissors carefully, cut the sponges into various shapes.
  2. Pour small amounts of paint onto the paper plate.
  3. Dip the sponges into the paint and stamp the paper.
  4. Have kids combine shapes to create houses, buildings, etc to create a skyline.


All Are Neighbors

All Are Neighbors By Alexandra Penfold; illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

When a new family moves in, the whole neighborhood comes together to celebrate their diverse community in this uplifting new book from the bestselling creators of All Are Welcome!

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