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Craft inspired by Please Mr. Panda, created by Steve Antony

Olive and the Big Secret

by Tor Freeman

Last Friday, I read to my kids Olive and the Big Secret, and they really liked it but to my surprise I think the parents loved it way more! I came across this book at my local library and thought it would be a great book for my storytime group. So basically, Olive and the Big Secret, is a book that talks about the dangers of telling a secret that’s not yours to tell. This book is full with fun colors and big pictures so that kids can understand what’s going on in the book without reading it. This book surprised me in many ways even while I read it out loud, the story developed quite nicely and the kids enjoyed it but what truly surprised me was that the parents were the ones that were most excited about the story. The story starts when Molly tells Olive a secret and she tells her that she can’t tell anyone. From that moment on, the parents and kids were hooked and I even got some responses from the parents saying comments like “Yeah…That’s how it all starts!”. As the story kept unfolding, Olive broke the promise by telling one of his friends, and his friend also told one of his friends and so on and so on. As the secret kept going around from animal to animal the parents and kids got way more nervous and anxious. Almost towards the end I heard one of the child’s dad exhale and he said “Wow”. At the end, the book asks the readers if they want to know the secret and everyone yelled “YES” which the book replies to “I want to tell you but, IT’S A SECRET!” and everyone at storytime replied with an “Awww” and then everyone burst out laughing and clapping. This book has been one of the best books I have read in my storytime so far. It was great to see the parents enjoy it as much if not more than the kids. This is an awesome book with a great message on the negative consequences on gossiping and I believe everyone will love it! You will have a blast reading and they will have an amazing time listening. Craft Materials for Please Mr. Panda

Construction Paper
Scissors ( for adults )
Glue Stick / Glue
Glitter ( optional )

Instructions to make the panda craft The first two steps must be done by an adult.

1. Print the Happy Cat Craft template on construction paper.

You will need 2 construction sheets of your favorite color, this will be the cat’s body color. You might need to check in what order your printer prints, so that way you can place the pages in the correct order. If you do not have colored construction paper, you can always print them on regular paper and have the children color the craft with crayons.

2. Cut the Happy Cat craft along the grey line.

Cut inside of the line so that there are no grey marks left after cutting. You don’t have to be perfect. Most kids will still love their craft! The last two steps are for the little ones!

3. Let the kids glue the Happy Cat craft together, assist them if they need help, but remember, it’s their craft!

It’s totally OK If the children want to glue the ears or legs or arms or tail on the ‘incorrect’ part of the craft, if that’s what they wish to do. They need to be able to express their creative freedom!

4. (optional) Add glitter!

Kids LOVE glitter, adding glitter to their craft will make the kid’s craft unique and will allow them to express their creativity.

Please Mr. Panda Craft Template

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Make a Please Mr. Panda Craft for Kids

Create a Panda craft inspired by the picture book: "Please Mr. Panda" by Steve Antony. This book and craft teaches kids about manners such as saying please and being respectful.

Craft inspired by Please Mr. Panda, created by Steve Antony

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Please, Mr. Panda

by Steve Antony

I recently read Please, Mr. Panda to my storytime kids, and they totally loved it!

I came across this book at my local Barnes and Noble. It was featured as book of the month, so I had to check it out. I immediately fell in love with this book after reading it! It was short, had beautiful artwork, and most importantly, it had a powerful message.

Please, Mr. Panda is a beautiful book about doughnuts and manners. The story is about a Panda that has a box full of delicious doughnuts and goes around asking his animal friends if they would like to have one. Most of the animals say yes but forget to say “please” and “thank you”, and one of them even says no in a very rude manner.

At first I thought the panda was being rude because it seemed that he was teasing the other little animals. He would offer them doughnuts and when they said yes, he would say he didn’t want to give them anymore. I then realized the animals were being a little rude! Way to go Mr. Panda, teach the rude ones a lesson about manners.

I really enjoyed the illustrations because they were large and easy to view from a couple of feet away, which is perfect for my storytime. The colors of the illustrations are mostly in black and white except for the doughnuts, which were very colorful. This is an awesome metaphor because the colorful doughnuts represent what you get when you have manners and are nice to others, which is getting a colorful life of politeness & kindness!

I like to ask engaging questions to my storytime children when reading to them. In this case, every time the panda would change his mind I would ask: “Why did the panda change his mind when trying to give them doughnuts” and to my surprise, one little girl yelled “ITS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T SAY PLEASE!” She was very thrilled and she was so confident that she had the correct answer (she did haha). I replied with “Oh good guess, let’s see what’s gonna happen!”

In the end, a cute little lemur says “Please, Mr. Panda?” and I asked my kids to say please with me to Mr. Panda. I did a countdown, 1 – 2 – 3! and all the kids screamed with me “PLEASE MR. PANDA!!” It was awesome.

I always have a craft session with my kids after storytime, and I always link the craft to the book. I created a Panda craft to go along with this book. This craft was extremely simple for the kids to make and the parents also loved it, since they had no trouble helping their kids assembling the craft. The kids seemed to definitely love this craft! They were playing with each others pandas and they were even making roaring sounds with their pandas, which i’m not quite sure that pandas do roar, but… I guess my storytime pandas do.

If you would like to add this book to your collection, you can purchase it here.

 

Craft Materials for Please Mr. Panda

Construction Paper
Scissors ( for adults )
Glue Stick / Glue
Glitter ( optional )

 

Instructions to make the panda craft

The first two steps must be done by an adult.

1. Print Mr. Panda craft template on construction paper. You will need a black page and a white page. You might need to check in what order your printer prints, so that way you can place the pages in the correct order. If you do not have colored construction paper, you can always print them on regular paper and have them color the legs, ears and arms with a black crayon.

2. Cut Mr. Panda craft along the grey line. Cut inside of the line so that there are no grey marks left after cutting. You don’t have to be perfect. Most kids will still love their craft!

The last two steps are for the little ones!

3. Let the kids glue Mr. Panda craft together, assist them if they need help, but remember, it’s their craft! It’s totally OK If they want to glue the ears or legs or arms on the ‘incorrect’ part of the panda, if that’s what they wish to do. They need to be able to express their creative freedom!

4. (optional)  Kids LOVE glitter, adding glitter to Mr. Panda will make the kid’s craft unique and will allow them to express their creativity.

 

Pete the Cat Craft

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Create a Pete the Cat Craft inspired by James Dean & Eric Litwin’s picture book: Pete the Cat: I  Love My White Shoes

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About the Inspiration Book

Inspiration Book: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Author: Art by James Dean, Story by Eric Litwin

My Review: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes is one of those stories that your kids will want you to read again and again. Pete the Cat is just way too cool!

This story is about Pete the Cat and his brand new white shoes. He goes on a walk down the street and happens to get his shoes covered in different colors when he ends up stepping on piles of strawberries, blueberries, mud and other messy things. What does Pete the Cat do? He keeps his cool and keeps on singing his song.

This book has beautiful illustrations and a cheerful story that will teach kids about colors and keeping their cool because “no matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song… because it’s all good”

It also has a very catchy song, you can listen to the story and the song here.

I definitely recommend this book.

Preparation: (Done by a Parent or an Adult)

STEP 1: PRINT PETE THE CAT CRAFT TEMPLATE ON CONSTRUCTION PAPER

Print Pete the Cat Craft Template in Construction Paper

Start by printing Pete the Cat craft template on 2 colored construction papers of your choice and white construction paper. White is for the eyes, and the other 2 colors are for the cat’s face and shoes.

TIP: You might have to check the order in which your printer prints first so that you can arrange the pages correctly when placing them into your printer.

 

STEP 2: CUT PETE THE CAT CRAFT INSIDE ALONG THE LINES

Cut out Pete the Cat Craft Template

Cut out Pete the Cat craft template by using the shapes to guide you. Cut inside along the line so that there will be no printed outline visible once the craft is completed.

Making the Craft: (It’s the Kids Turn!)

STEP 3: GLUE PETE THE CAT CRAFT TOGETHER

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STEP 4: FINISHED PETE THE CAT IN A SHOE CRAFT!

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Finished craft! Have fun with your Cat in a shoe craft inspired by Pete the Cat and his white shoes!

MAKE SURE TO DECORATE YOUR PETE THE CAT CRAFT!

Add glitter and anything else you can think of to make Pete the Cat Craft reflect your personality!

 

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HAVE YOU DONE THIS CRAFT?
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT!

I would love it if you could please share your finished version of this craft with me.
Please don’t be shy, I love receiving emails and I promise I will respond as soon as possible!

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or you can leave a comment on the section below. Let me know if you had any problems or if you loved this craft!

Valentines Day Heart Craft Template

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Create a Valentines Day Heart Craft inspired by Smriti Prasadam-Halls picture book: I Love You Night and Day

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About the Inspiration Book

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Inspiration Book: I Love You Night and Day

Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls

My Review: I Love You Night and Day is a lovely book about a blue bunny and a purple bear that tell each other heart-warming messages throughout the book. They express how much they love each other and describe it in many different fun ways.

This book teaches kids concepts about near and far, short and long, as well as showing them to appreciate others while still connecting everything to the measure of love.

The illustrations in this book are just lovely and full of vibrant and fun colors that will keep you sighing as you turn the page. This book represents what valentines means to me and that is to love unconditionally. Perfect read for this month full of love.

Preparation: (Done by a Parent or an Adult)

STEP 1: PRINT THE VALENTINES DAY HEART CRAFT TEMPLATE ON CONSTRUCTION PAPER

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Start by printing the valentine heart craft template on Red and Yellow construction paper. Red is for the heart shape and yellow is for the sun, the moon, and the stars. You might have to check the order in which your printer prints first so that you can arrange the pages correctly when placing them into your printer.

 

STEP 2: CUT THE VALENTINES DAY HEART CRAFT INSIDE ALONG THE LINES

Cutting out a Night and Day Valentines Heart Craft for kids

Cut out the valentines day heart craft template by using the shapes to guide you. Cut inside along the line so that there will be no printed outline visible once the craft is completed.

Making the Craft: (It’s the Kids Turn!)

STEP 3: GLUE THE VALENTINES DAY HEART CRAFT TOGETHER

Glueing together a Night and Day Valentines Heart Craft for kids

 

Use the following preview to guide you glue the valentines day heart craft together:

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I Love you Night & Day Valentines Heart Craft Preview Guide

 

STEP 4: FINISHED VALENTINES DAY HEART CRAFT!

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Finished craft! Now it is time to send it to a special someone. Make sure you show them how much you love them, every day and every night!

MAKE SURE TO DECORATE YOUR VALENTINES DAY HEART CRAFT!

Add glitter and anything else you can think of to make the Valentines Day Heart Craft reflect your personality!

 

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Create a Love Monster Craft this valentines day using my free craft templates available at craftypammy.com. Inspired by Rachel Bright's picture book: Love Monster

Love Monster Valentine Craft Template

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Create a Love Monster valentine craft inspired by Rachel Bright’s picture book: Love Monster

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About the Inspiration Book

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Inspiration Book: Love Monster

Author: Rachel Bright

My Review: Love Monster is a very charming story about a fluffy monster that seeks love and companionship.

The story takes us with him to search high and low for true love. We go on an adventure to discover if love truly exists. This book is great to read to the little ones especially on this february month full of love.

Although it may sound like a cliche, I fell in love with this book as soon as I saw it in the bookstore. It was love at first sight. I knew I had to take it home and create a lovely valentine craft for it.

I promise you will fall for it too!

 

Preparation: (Done by a Parent or an Adult)

STEP 1: PRINT THE LOVE MONSTER VALENTINE CRAFT TEMPLATE ON CONSTRUCTION PAPER

Print the Love Monster Valentine Craft on construction paper

  • Start by printing the Love Monster valentine craft template on 3 different colored construction papers: White is for the eyes and the teeth, and you can use any color for the body, arms and legs. You might have to check the order in which your printer prints first so that you can arrange the pages correctly when placing them into your printer.

 

STEP 2: CUT THE LOVE MONSTER VALENTINE CRAFT INSIDE ALONG THE LINES

Cut the Love Monster valentine Craft using the guide lines

  • Cut out the Love Monster valentine craft template by using the shapes to guide you. Cut inside along the line so that there will be no printed outline visible once the craft is completed.

Shapes and pieces of the Love Monster valentine Craft

Making the Craft: (It’s the Kids Turn!)

STEP 3: GLUE THE LOVE MONSTER VALENTINE CRAFT TOGETHER

Glue the Love Monster valentine Craft Together using the preview image to guide you

 

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STEP 4: FINISHED LOVE MONSTER CRAFT!

Create a Love Monster valentine Craft for free at craftypammy.com. This craft was inspired by Rachel Bright's Picture Book: Love Monster

 

MAKE SURE TO DECORATE YOUR LOVE MONSTER CRAFT!

Use different colored paper! Add glitter! Anything to make the Love Monster craft reflect your personality!

 

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HAVE YOU DONE THIS CRAFT?
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT!

I would love it if you could please share your finished version of this craft with me.
Please don’t be shy, I love receiving emails and I promise I will respond as soon as possible!

Please send photos to my personal email: Pam@craftypammy.com

Little Penguin Craft Template

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Create a Little Penguin craft inspired by Emma Dodd’s picture book: I am Small

Little Penguin craft template is now available to print at craftypammy.com! This craft was inspired by Emma Dodd's picture book: I Am Small

Inspiration Book: I Am Small

Author: Emma Dodd

My Review: I Am Small is a heartwarming tale about a baby penguin that sets out to the world and is amazed at how mountains, oceans and skies are so awesome.

This book is great to read out loud to the little ones because they will learn about beautiful places inspired by the world of penguins, as well as letting them know that they are important no matter their size.

Materials Needed:

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Preparation: (Done by a Parent or an Adult)

STEP 1: PRINT LITTLE PENGUIN CRAFT TEMPLATE ON CONSTRUCTION PAPER

Little Penguin Craft Template available at Craftypammy.com

  • Start by printing the Little Penguin craft template on 3 different colored construction papers: Black, orange and white. You might have to check the order in which your printer prints first so that you can order the pages correctly when placing them into your printer.

 

STEP 2: CUT THE CRAFT INSIDE ALONG THE LINES

Cutting the little penguing craft!

  • Cut out the Little Penguin craft template by using the shapes to guide you. Cut inside along the line so that there will be no printed outline visible once the craft is completed.

 

Making the Craft

STEP 3: GLUE THE LITTLE PENGUIN CRAFT TOGETHER

Glue'ing the little penguing craft!

 

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Use this preview as a guide to glue your little penguin craft together!

 

STEP 4: FINISHED LITTLE PENGUIN CRAFT!

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MAKE SURE TO DECORATE YOUR LITTLE PENGUIN CRAFT!

Use different colored paper! Add glitter! Anything to make Little Penguin craft reflect your personality! Be as creative as you can be!

Visit craftypammy.com to create a Little Penguin Craft based on Emma Dodd's Picture Book: I Am Small

 

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Buzzy the Bee Craft Template

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Create Buzzy the Bee craft inspired by Marilyn  Sadler’s picture book: Pass it on!

Buzzy the Bee craft template is now available to print at craftypammy.com! This craft was inspired by Marilyn Sadler's picture book: Pass it on!

Inspiration Book: Pass it on!

Author: Marilyn Sadler

My Review: Pass it on! is such an awesome story to read out loud.  It’s a story about a cow that’s stuck on a fence and in order to help her out the rest of the animals have to pass on the message to others.

It is much like the child’s game of ‘telephone’ where messages are lost in translation.

Kids learn about animals and colors in a very creative way. It teaches them how working together can make a difference. I promise you will love it!

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Preparation: (Done by a Parent or an Adult)

STEP 1: PRINT BUZZY THE BEE CRAFT TEMPLATE ON CONSTRUCTION PAPER

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  • Start by printing Buzzy the Bee craft template on 3 different colored construction papers: Black, yellow and white. You might have to check the order in which your printer prints first so that you can order the pages correctly when placing them into your printer.

 

STEP 2: CUT THE CRAFT INSIDE ALONG THE LINES

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  • Cut out Buzzy the Bee craft template by using the shapes to guide you. Cut inside along the line so that there will be no printed outline visible once the craft is completed.

 

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Buzzy the Bee Picasso style! Finished cutting the craft!

Making the Craft

STEP 3: GLUE BUZZY THE BEE CRAFT TOGETHER

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STEP 4: FINISHED BUZZY THE BEE CRAFT!

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MAKE SURE TO DECORATE YOUR BUZZY THE BEE CRAFT!

Use different colored paper! Add glitter! Anything to make Buzzy the Bee craft reflect your personality! Be as creative as you can be!

Buzzy the Bee craft template is now available for free at Craftypammy.com, this craft was inspired by Marilyn  Sadler's picture book: Pass it on!

 

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft

print the very hungry caterpillar activities kids craft template

Create a Caterpillar Craft inspired by Eric Carle’s picture book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

the very hungry caterpillar activities: finished craft

Inspiration Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Author: Eric Carle

My Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic story that every child should read or listen to. It tells the story about a very hungry caterpillar that goes through a week of eating and eating and eating.

This book is filled with beautiful colors and artwork by the author himself. Kids learn a little bit about numbers and fruits as well. It is a very interactive book with different sized pages, holes and counting colorful fruits.

Materials Needed:

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Preparation: (Ask a parent for help)

STEP 1: PRINT THE CATERPILLAR CRAFT TEMPLATE ON CONSTRUCTION PAPER

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  • Start by printing the caterpillar craft template on 2 different colored construction papers of your choice.

 

STEP 2: CUT THE CRAFT INSIDE ALONG THE LINES

Cut the Caterpillar Craft Template using the lines to guide you.

  • Cut out the caterpillar craft template by using the shapes to guide you. Cut inside along the line so that there will be no printed outline visible once the craft is completed.

 

Finished cutting all the caterpillar craft template shapes! Awesome!

Tada! Finished cutting the craft!

Making the Craft

STEP 3: GLUE THE CATERPILLAR CRAFT TOGETHER

Glue the Caterpillar Craft Shapes together!

 

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STEP 4: FINISHED CATERPILLAR CRAFT!

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MAKE SURE TO DECORATE YOUR CATERPILLAR CRAFT!

Use different colored paper! Wiggle eyes! Glitter! Anything to make the caterpillar craft reflect your personality! Be as creative as you can be!

Caterpillar Craft Template is now available to print and download at craftypammy.com! This craft was inspired by Eric Carle's picture book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

 

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