Rainy Days: Toddler Book Activities

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Jai is still in the early stages of toddlerhood and therefore limited by what he can do with organized activities. Many of the activities have to either be done by me for his benefit, or with a lot of supervision to make sure he doesn’t hurt himself. That’s if his attention span lasts long enough.

That said, Jai loves books. He’s not able to read them yet, but he loves sitting down on his bedroom floor and flipping through the books for vast stretches of time. I’ve walked in to check on him only to have Jai chase me out of his room so he could have his private book time. Jai brings his favorite books to whatever adult is close at hand and makes the reader repeat the book a couple of times before moving on.

It came to mind to find a couple of activities we could do on a rainy day that ties into his favorite books. His current favorite authors are Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems, and Sandra Boynton (this last one makes me happy because she is a local author where I grew up). I know that making the connection between his favorite story and activity would make him happy, plus I always enjoy a creative endeavor.

Below are the activities I came up with to do with Jai on those rainy, summer days.

Dr. Seuss

Wocket

Book: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket*.

Activity: Create your own Wocket for your pocket

Materials

Directions

  1. Print the pattern of the Wocket on the cardstock. Have child color in the Wocket with their favorite coloring materials. Use washable materials for easy cleanup/limited staining. Let dry if necessary.
  2. If the child is old enough, have them cut around the pattern about 1/2″ away from the solid lines (this is to help with the next step). Otherwise, have an adult do this step.
  3. Using the self-laminating sheets, stick the cut-out Wocket in and cover the whole cut-out. Smooth & press.
  4. An adult or older child should cut along the outline of the Wocket. Enjoy the Wocket for your pocket!

Mo Willems

The Pigeon NeedsA Bath

Book: The Pigeon Needs a Bath

Activity: Pigeon foam bath stickers

Materials

  • Craft foam in desired colors
  • Pigeon Outline
  • Masking tape
  • Non-toxic, non-washable paint (acrylic or fabric)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors (adults only)

Directions

  1. Print the pattern on regular paper. Do a rough cut-out around the pattern so it can fit on your foam sheet.
  2. Tape the pattern on the foam. Because of the material, an adult should cut out the pigeon (to avoid frustration). The material cuts easily so take your time.
  3. Paint on the features of the pigeon using the book as a guide or leave as an outline. I made this one dirty, but you can make a second “clean” one.
  4. To use, wet the foam cut out and stick directly to the bathtub or wall.

Sandra Boynton

barnyarddance

BookBarnyard Dance*

Activity: Animal noisemakers

Materials

  • At least 2 white paper plates*
  • Black sharpies
  • Dry pasta, beans or popcorn
  • Kid’s choice: washable crayons, pencils, markers, paint
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors (kid scissors if they are ready)
  • Stapler
  • Non-toxic glue

Directions

  1. Using the black sharpies, draw the outline of a farm animal featured in the book on the “backside” or bottom of the plate. If your child is able, have them pick the animal of their choice.
  2. Have your little one decorate the plate using the markers, construction paper, and glue.
  3. With the second plate, decorate the “backside” again with the back of the animal or a different barnyard animal.
  4. Taking one of the plates, put in a small handful of pasta or popcorn. An adult should then staple the two “insides” of the plate together (decorated sides facing out). Using the glue, glue over the staple “clips.” This is to prevent snagging or cuts to little fingers. Let dry.
  5. Use your noisemaker to keep time when you read Barnyard Dance.

If you made any of these projects, please comment with your finished pictures and any further suggestions. I am always looking for more ideas for fun activities to do with Jai.


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7 thoughts on “Rainy Days: Toddler Book Activities

  1. I adore seeing parents spending quality time with their children doing arts and crafts. I loved the Wocket one. Good job, momma! I bet Jai had so much fun.

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