We are spending much more time at home lately and a lot of my mom friends are struggling. They are trying to homeschool, keep their kids entertained, and still run a household. Some of them also run businesses out of their homes. As you know, I love children’s books so today I have come up with a list of books you can read with your kids and a corresponding activity. Here are my top twenty children’s books with activities.
Top 20 Children’s Books with an Activity
1. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
Activity: Make either green eggs for breakfast or deviled eggs with green filling for lunch. Serve with some friend ham or a ham sandwich.
2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Activity: Let your kids fingerpaint a “brown bear” with chocolate pudding on some parchment paper.
3. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
Activity: Have your kids help you make tacos for dinner.
4. Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
Activity: Make pink cupcakes with pink frosting.
5. The Bad Seed by Jory John and Pete Oswald
Activity: Plant something in the backyard or in a windowsill garden or potted plants and watch it grow. Like the bad seed in the book who wants to change, your children can watch the seed grow and change and realize that just like that seed they can change too.
6. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Suess
Activity: Make a collage of pictures of the places your children love to go or want to go. These could be pics of their favorite places around town or places they would like to visit around the world. You can also go online and go somewhere through virtual tours on YouTube or zoo or museum web sites. Lots of places are putting out fun and educational videos right now.
7. Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream by Rob Scotton
Activity: Let your kids paint their own ice cream cone in different colors with puff paint and then let them make their own ice cream sundaes.
8. Don’t Eat Your Boogers ( You’ll Turn Green) by Carrie Lowrance
Activity: Make homemade slime. If you do this in October, order some gummy boogers to eat and make the slime complete.
9. If You Give a Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Activity: Bake some homemade cookies or if you’re up for a new member of the family, get a pet mouse.
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Activity: Start a diary about staying home. Having your kids write about their good days, bad days, thoughts, and feelings can be cathartic for them.
More Fun Activities
11. Family Trip (Peppa Pig) byEOne
Activity: Talk with your little ones about where they would like to go on a family trip and have them draw a picture of it.
12. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Activity: Get some different colored Swedish fish, put them in jars in different amounts and then have your kids see if they can guess how many are in each jar. Count with them and see if they are right.
13. Captain Underpants by Dave Pilkey
Activity: Make a game out of throwing underpants into the hamper or how many pairs of clean underwear they can put on their heads. The kid with the most wins.
14. Worst Summer Camp Ever by Jennifer Waddle
Activity: Make your own summer camp by sleeping in sleeping bags, making a bonfire (or cooking on the grill and roasting marshmallows over the stove). If you have a pool, that could count as your “lake” you could put fun bath toys like fish in it and have fishing poles.
15. Dipsey Doodle’s Noodle by Alisa Guttaduoro
Activity: Have your kids make noodle necklaces or make them rainbow spaghetti from kidsactivities.com.
Even More Fun Activities
16. Norbert the Gnome Has No Manners by Alisa Guttaduaro
Activity: Talk to your kids about good and bad manners. Make a list of the good manners they will work on the rest of the week and have a small prize (stickers, candy bar, gum, 15 minutes extra TV/game time, an extra book read at bedtime, etc) if they are able to correct two current bad manners.
17. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Activity: Make a caterpillar with your kids (print a template or make one with circles) and write down what they would eat if they were the very hungry caterpillar.
18. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrease and Guy-Parker- Rees
Activity: Talk to your kids about something they dream of doing and then put some music on and have a dance party.
19. The Backyard Bug Book For Kids: Storybook, Insects, and Activities by Lauren Davidson
Activity: Go on a hunt for bugs with your kids in your backyard and take pictures. You can also talk about their favorite bugs.
20. Where Were We Before We Were Born? by Indigo Skye
Activity: Have your kids make up their own story about where they were before they were born and make the recipe for galaxy cookies in the back of the book.
I hope these books and activities will help keep your kids entertained. Looking for more kids books? Check out My Favorite Kids Books. Do you have a favorite book and activity you like to do with your kids or have some suggestions? I would love to hear them in the comments.