Get Great Project Ideas with Crafty Creations

Crafty Creations is a series of craft tutorials that began in 2008. This series tied together great children's books with fun crafts parents could do with kids at home, using materials you probably have around the house.  We ran for 78 episodes. Take a look at some of our favorites, or visit our Crafty Creations Playlist on YouTube to see them all.

Ep. 76: Paper Hot Air Balloons

Featured Book: "Hot Air"
Author: Marjorie Priceman
Summary: The story of the historic first hot-air balloon flight in 1783, told from the point of view of the duck, sheep, and rooster who were the first passengers.

Ep. 75: Rainbow Twirlers

Featured Book: "Too Many Leprechauns"
Author: Stephen Krensky
Summary:  Finn O'Finnegan returns home after a year in Dublin and when he finds his village taken over by leprechauns, he must devise a way to get them to leave without making them angry.

Ep. 72: Pool Noodle Horses

Featured Book: "Are You a Horse?"
Author: Andy Rash
Summary: When Roy gets a saddle for his birthday, he goes in search of a horse.

Ep. 70: Beach Bear Crafts

Featured Book: "Chu's Day at the Beach"
Author: Neil Gaiman & Adam Rex
Summary: Chu and his family are going to the beach! Chu is excited. He will get to play in the sand and wade in the water. But what will happen if Chu sneezes at the beach? And what will happen if he doesn't?

Ep. 66: Popsicle Soap

Featured Book: "Beasty Bath"
Author: Robert Neubecker
Summary:  A young child's imagination transforms bath time into a monster-filled adventure.

Ep. 64: Love Dragons

Featured Book: "Dragons Love Tacos"
Author: Adam Rubin
Summary: Explores the love dragons have for tacos, and the dangers of feeding them anything with spicy salsa!

Ep. 61: Rocket Jet Packs

This episode does not feature a selected children's book. The craft activity was a special lead-in to the space-themed Summer Reading Clubs.

Ep. 60: Making Mo Willems' Pigeon

Featured Book: "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late"
Author: Mo Willems
Summary:  Needing to brush his teeth, a bus driver asks the reader to make sure that the pigeon goes to bed on time--but the bird has many excuses about why it should stay awake.