17 Book Boredom Busters


I love to bring books alive for kids by creating entertaining pretend play, craft and art activities that help them connect to stories.  This round up of 17 favorites is guaranteed to bust through even the worst case of book boredom.





Our list of book boredom busters starts with an activity for the classic book, The Carrot Seed. After reading the story with your children,  help them act it out like this puppet show from The Golden Gleam.



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Read Amy Rosenthal’s irresistible story Little Pea and then invite your children to play with these fabulous, hands-on pea activities from The Good Long Road:



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Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? is a classic childhood favorite and what better way to bring the book alive than by enjoying a Sound Hunt Walk like this one from Inspiration Laboratories?



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If your children love creepy crawlers as much as my oldest son, this is a must-do.  After reading the story Who Ate All the Lettuce?, search for snails in the garden like Rainy Day Mum.



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Next on our list?  My personal favorite genre: fairy tales. After enjoying the classic Princess and the Pea, help your children create their own princess and props from common household objects like this craft from Small World Preschool.



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Feeling hungry? After reading Hairy Charlie and the Pumpkin, pull out your baking supplies to cook pumpkin scones using this recipe from Triple T Mum.



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Betty Schwartz’s playful story What Makes a Rainbow? is perfect inspiration for cooking this rainbow pasta from Growing A Jeweled Rose.



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Next up? A crafty way to bring Leo Lionni’s classic A Color of His Own alive from Critters and Crayons.  Pull out your glue sticks, paper scrips, googly eyes, and ribbon and let your children become inspired to make their own camouflaged creature like this one.



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Teach Preschool always shares brilliant ideas and this is no exception.  After enjoying The Listening Booktogether, take your children out on a listening walk using this checklist.



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What can your children do with a piece of purple yarn?  Teach Preschool invited her students to play with purple lines like Harold in the story Harold and the Purple Crayon?



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If your children love to perform, this is a must-do.  My Small Potatoes took Jack and the Beanstalk to a whole new level and you can too.


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With just a few weeks left until summer, this play dough garden from Famiglia & Seoul is a great way to help your children dig their hands into the story And Then It’s Spring.  (Literally!)



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After reading Not a Box, encourage your child to create inventions from clean recyclables like this paper towel rocket.  It’s one of my hands-down favorite follow ups!



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Little House on the Prairie is one of my all-time favorite series and I immediately fell in love with this road trip from Word Play House. Heather’s family loaded up the car and drove across the country to visit Laura Ingalls Wilder’s homestead.  Talk about busting book boredom!



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Is your family in more of a stay-cation mood?  Create these gorgeous rainbow fish from Here Come the Girls.



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After reading Night In the CountryWise Owl Factory suggests two entertaining online games for preschoolers – one for identifying animals by sound and one for sight.


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And finally, after reading Jean Laffite and the Big Ol’ Whale, a story about a real pirate from New Orleans, create (you guessed it!), big ol’ whales like this one from Adventures in Mommydom.



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About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4.5, 3 and 1}. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education {go Stanford!} and spent seven years teaching in a classroom. Since starting Playdough to Plato in 2012, her ideas have been featured in Parenting Magazine, Pinterest's Top Educational Pins and Kiwi Crate.


  1. Thanks for sharing our Pumpkin Scone baking activity. Hope you get a chance to bake them!

    • It’ll be my first time baking scones and I must admit that I’m a little bit nervous. I’ll let you know how they turn out. :)

  2. What a brilliant round up. Thanks for including my Rainbow Fish. Will
    share the post.

  3. So many wonderful book activities you have collected and shared here. Thanks for sharing ours and giving our family some other books and accompanying projects to explore.

    • I am excited to read “Little House on the Prairie” with my boys when they are a little bit older. Your trip is inspiring!

  4. What a wonderful list of story extensions! Thanks so much for including our play dough garden. :)

  5. Great list of ideas to bring more meaning to books. Thank you for including us in your round up! I share it on my FB page.

  6. What a great list, thanks for sharing. We love bringing books to life here at the Clubhouse, so this list will definitely get good use around here :)

    • Yay! Glad to hear it, Liz. :)

      I had fun reading through your site. My oldest son will LOVE doing your soap science experiment.

      Thanks for saying “hello”.

  7. Such a great list of book activities! Thanks for including our sound hunt! :)

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