Teaching Textbooks

20 Activities, Crafts, and Printables for Where the Wild Things Are

One book that’s been on our shelves for years is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. This was one of our oldest daughter’s favorite books! Perhaps your family has read the book over and over again (believe me, I understand that!) or maybe even watched the go-along movie.  

If your children are crazy over the book, here is a collection of ideas and printables that you can use with your kids or classroom when reading Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Activities to Go-Along

Monster & Sailboat Activities



Read the Story Online

If you don’t have a copy of Where the Wild Things Are at home, or if you’d like to do something a little different, read it online here.



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30 Activities, Crafts, and Printables for The Polar Express

Over 30 go-along crafts, activities, and printables for The Polar Express

Our kids still enjoy The Polar Express book by Chris van Allsburg and the go-along movie. When we pull out our stash of Christmas books, it is so much fun to see the favorites and re-read them! No matter how old you are, there is something magical about the Christmas season!

Here is a collection of activities, crafts, and printables that you can use with your kids or classroom when reading (or watching) The Polar Express.

Activities to Go-Along


Polar Express Crafts


Snacks & Yummies


Science Tie-ins



Read the Story Online

If you don’t have a copy of The Polar Express at home, or if you’d like to do something a little different, read it online here (read by Liam Neeson). 


The Snowy Day Activity Ideas

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activities, crafts, and printables to go along with The Snowy Day

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Crafts, Activities, and Printables

Brown Bear, Brown Bear crafts, activities, and printables

One of the first books we read to each of our children was Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. Full of colors and word patterns, it was always a favorite with both the kids and parents.  We talked about animals, sounds they made, learned colors, and tried to guess which animal was coming next. 

Beyond that, there are so many art ideas, cooking projects, and activities to work on in conjunction with the book. And when I say many, I mean a LOT. With my nephew and nieces loving his books, I put together this collection of over 30 crafts, activities, and printables for Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Click on the links below to visit the sites and activities – and have fun reading together!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Activities



Brown Bear, Brown Bear Arts & Crafts Projects


Brown Bear, Brown Bear Cooking & Snack Ideasfood Collage

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Science Activities

brown bear slime (6) label

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Printables to Go-along

Brown Bear Brown Bear vocabulary word cards for Read Build Write Mats from Homeschool Creations


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Brown Bear, Brown Bear Vocabulary Cards – Free Printables

Brown Bear Brown Bear Vocabulary Cards

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. is such a classic children’s book, and with my nieces and nephew working on books together with their mom, I put together these Brown Bear, Brown Bear Word Cards for them to use in the upcoming weeks – and thought you all might enjoy them as well!

 Brown Bear Brown Bear vocabulary word cards for Read Build Write Mats from Homeschool Creations

There are three different pages of word cards – a total of 35 vocabulary words in all for Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Words include: bear, sheep, bird, dog, frog, horse, duck, fish, cat, teacher, students, as well as color cards. 

You will need TWO downloads (both free!!) to use the word cards – both the word cards and the Read! Build! Write! Mats.

All downloads are in the green columns on the Read! Build! Write! page

The Read! Build! Write! Vocabulary Mats

Not familiar with the Read! Build! Write! mats? Basically, they are a fun way to work with your child on word identification and spelling.

Read, Build, Write collage

Here’s how the mats are used:

Read: Place one of the vocabulary cards in the top box and read the word together.

Build: Use letter tiles or magnets to build the word in the second box.

Write: Finally, practice writing the word in the bottom box.

Print the mats onto cardstock and then laminate them so that you can use Vis-à-vis markers or dry erase markers on the mats.

Read, Build, Write collage 2

Check out the Read! Build! Write! page to find additional themed vocabulary cards to go along with all of the Early Learning Printable Packs that I’ve put together so far.

All downloads are in the green columns on the Read! Build! Write! page



Hope these help you all out! Feel free to ‘pin’ the printables and share them with others! If there are some other vocabulary cards that you would like to see me put together, leave a comment and let me know!


25+ Activities, Crafts, and Printables for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt activities, crafts, printables, and cooking ideas for a unit - from Homeschool Creations

Reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and doing so many fun activities along with it, was such a fun part of our literature-based learning with our boys. This collection of 25+ activities, crafts, and printables for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a small peek at all you can do, but it will definitely get you started!

Kaleb absolutely loved this book and the fun things we did: sequencing and acting out the story, a bear sensory tub, and we even went on a real bear hunt (because we’ve had one in our area!). Looking for the signs is fun (and maybe a little scary too!).

Click on the links below to visit the sites and activities – and have fun reading together!

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Activities

map and binoculars bear hunt buggy and buddy


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Art & Craft Projects

bear hunt art project

We’re Going on Bear Hunt Cooking & Snack Ideas


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Printables


A House for Hermit Crab Literature Unit – Ivy Kids Kit

A House for Hermit Crab literature unit using Ivy Kids kits

Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and we were sent this kit to review and use with our family.

One of the things that makes so many picture books memorable for our children, aside from the constant reading, is the addition of hands-on activities that tie in with the books. Even now they are older, they’ve never really grown out of that – and truthfully, I love it as well.

Except for the planning out and gather process, if we’re being completely honest.  That I can often do without!

Finding materials and ideas to go-along with books can take a lot of time out of the day. (Getting distracted on Pinterest with the additional things found might be another rabbit hole for another day, but that can make it truly overwhelming too.) I love real books and bringing them to life through hands-on activities though, so when Ivy Kids asked if we would be interested in using one of their monthly educational boxes to go along with A House for Hermit Crab – well, YES!

You all – I am IN LOVE!!! I wish these would have been around earlier when our kids were younger. Kaleb and I have had much fun together working on activities and learning about hermit crabs, and I’d love to share some of the fun with you too.

A Bit About Ivy Kids Kits

Each month, Ivy Kids puts together an educational box that includes a broad range of activities to go along with a specific book. They offer a wide range of literature-based kits, and activities range from simply fun (like painting) to educational games. Each box includes a copy of the focus book as well, so you can add it to your shelf immediately when you are finished with your learning!

A House for Hermit Crab Ivy Kids kit activities

The box is packed with all the supplies you will need (including the book!) so you do not have to gather anything – simply open the box and start! Boxes are targeted toward children ages 3 to 8: Little Ivy (3-5) and Junior Ivy (5-8) and many activities can be adapted for kids, making it great for siblings to work on together. The box lid contains a list of all activities, so you have a quick reference guide of what the theme looks like.

activity box for A House for Hermit Crab

a quick peek inside our box

Activities are all grouped in ziplock bags, complete with instructions for each activity or game. At times there are pieces that are used for more than one activity, but it’s all clearly laid out for you as you go through the projects. Kits are personalized to your child and with your child’s name on the activities. We kept the instructions in the bags along with the supplies so we didn’t get anything confused. Sibling add-on kits are also available for each kit.

Activities in Our Box


While each kit includes activities specifically tailored to the theme book, we received A House for Hermit Crab. Can you believe we never, in all the many year and children, never read the book together before? While there were many activities included in our box, we have a few to highlight for you (see the full list of activities here).

We chose to do a few activities each day and spread them out over the course of two weeks. During that time we read the book together a few times as well and used the included bookmark to go over comprehension questions.


One of our favorite go-alongs in A House for Hermit Crab box was the pretend hermit crab that grows. Kaleb LOVED creating a habitat for his crab (and I enjoyed that we didn’t have a real one in the house!). His habitat has been sitting on his desk along with a  collection of shells as well.


Zachary wanted to join in with us as well, especially when it came time to paint. The suncatchers went along with the different creatures in the book and have been hanging in our schoolroom window ever since!


We observed a hermit crab shell, measuring and describing, writing a short summary about our findings after drawing a picture.


Kaleb’s hermit crab design…


Sorting shells by type – can you identify a bivalve or gastropod?


The photo fact cards that explain about a hermit crab are wonderful resources!


And plenty of painting and craft activities to go along!

These are just a sampling of the many activities, games, and resources included in Ivy Kid’s kit for A House for Hermit Crab. Be sure to visit their website to see the full list of activities.

We are definitely looking forward to working through another Ivy Kids kit (currently Make Way for Ducklings) and sharing that with you soon! If you’d like to try Ivy Kids Kits with your children, be sure to use the coupon code below!

Ivy Kids discount code

Subscriptions to Ivy Kids are available for one, three, or six months and add-on sibling kits are available for an additional $5. Try out any one of their past kits, but remember supplies are limited. Subscriptions are the best way to get the newest literature kit! Use the code IVY20 to save 20% off your first kit with any renewing subscription.

Recommended for grades preK – 3. Parent supervision is needed, but no prep-time is required. Our honest opinion has been given in this review and we wholeheartedly recommend Ivy Kids to other families.