Full disclaimer, I was highly influenced by other crafts for the Frog craft and the Big Green Monster Craft. I think the toucan and Snappsy can be categorized as original-ish crafts.
Our Pre-K Storytime theme for the month of July was Fantastical Fun! The result: my crafts are all over the place!
A co-worker of mine told me about a craft that his daughter had completed and it sounded like a great idea for a storytime craft. I modified it but I did create some templates, which I think are worth sharing.
You will need party blowers, googly eyes, glue, and markers/crayons (optional).
I used an X-acto knife to cut a small ‘x’ for the frog’s mouth, to make it easier to insert the party blower. I drew on the nostrils and glued on googly eyes.
I used images from Canva for my targets. (The images are rotated on the templates, just not my example!)
The party blower is the star of this craft!
There are plenty of craft ideas for the book: Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley.
I have a few templates for this craft. I used paper punches for the eyes (white, yellow, and black circles). I also added a jumbo craft stick. I free handed the hair by cutting wavy lines.
Monster Teeth (the lines are very light)
Warning: Do Not Open This Book by Adam Lehrhaupt inspired the toucan craft.
Toucan Body and Tail
Toucan Eye (orange part)
I used a blue sticker and drew on the pupil with a black marker. I didn’t have dowel rods but I did have Wilton Candy Melts Treat Sticks! I glued the body to one side of the stick and the tail to the other side. I cut a length of yarn and tied it to two beads. Then I slipped the beads onto the ends of the stick. The toucan is a little top heavy but if you position the beads and the yarn strategically, it will balance!
Close-up back of Toucan
Close-up of Bead
Snappys the Alligator (Did Not Ask To Be In This Book) by Julie Falatko is one of my favorite books! I couldn’t resist making a special Snappsy craft!
I have templates for most of this craft. I did freehand the teeth and the eyes. (I used the blank paper from Snappsy’s Head to make the strips for the headband.)
Snappys Speech Bubble
I punched holes in Snappsy’s collar and added string, so the tie can be worn.
That’s our Storytime crafts of July!