Eric Carle is a beloved author of colorful picture books for kids. One of the easiest ways to connect with his books is to encourage children to paint their own versions of his colorful characters. Here are a few ways to create art, games and activities inspired by Eric Carle.
Learning about authors and connecting with them can be one of the greatest ways to teach your own child about becoming a writer and an inspire them to read! We’ve team up with several other bloggers to celebrate one of our favorite authors…ERIC CARLE! Here’s your chance to learn about Eric Carle with your child and see how much fun you can have as you’re inspired by his imagination!
Eric Carle Resources for Author Study
Happy Birthday Eric Carle!
Eric Carle has his own website that I encourage you to visit. He even has a special portion where he shares videos of how he creates his pictures.
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Eric Carle Books
If there was one author to keep on your child’s books shelf, I personally feel it should be Eric Carle. From the colors to the word selection they are stories that children are drawn to and that they can easily start to read on their own. Here are some of my favorite Eric Carle books.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Busy Spider
The Grouchy Ladybug
The Very Quiet Cricket Board Book
The Very Lonely Firefly
10 Little Rubber Ducks Board Book
Little Cloud The Tiny Seed
House for Hermit Crab
Today Is Monday
Activities for Eric Carle Books
- Create your Own Very Hungry Caterpillar Party
- Host a Eric Carle Book Playdate with Friends
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet from Family Education
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar LEGO Fun
- Learning Food Groups
- Caterpillar Math with Recycled Lids
- The Very Quiet Cricket Virtual Book Club Activities
- Eric Carle on Amazon
- Letter Bugs using Recyled Lids
- The Grouchy Ladybug
- The Tiny Seed: Math Fun
- Pinterest pinners have created so many Eric Carle Pin Boards!
- Painting a Bug
Sometimes it’s the simplest activities that help connect your child to a book. We created some bugs in response to reading Eric Carle’s Books. My daughter had so much fun and really discovered her creative side by painting the paper first with watercolors and then cutting the papers to create her own insect creations. The featured image in from our school in a group project.
We love our Stories for All Seasonsby Eric Carle. Inside it contains Rooster’s Off to See the World, A House for Hermit Crab,
and The Tiny Seed. It’s a great collection to have all in one storybook too.
- The Tiny Seed Activity
Planting Zinnia seeds and dreaming up our own The Tiny Seed story can be fun. Retelling a story can be so much for fun when it’s with a real object. Every year we save our blossoms from our zinnias and replant the and share them with friends. This year I had my daughter create her own story about the tiny seed and where she thought it would drift off too. I wonder what your child could imagine would happen to a tiny seed?
- How to Host an Eric Carle Playdate
- Check out the Eric Carle Products we recommend
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COME JOIN THE FUN WITH ERIC CARLE
Now comes the fun part! How do you bring the magic of Eric Carle into your home? We’ve joined up with some of our favorite bloggers to create a fantastic Resource of Eric Carle Activities for your child.
Additional Author Studies
We invite you to join our Year Long Virtual Book Club for Kids featuring adifferent Author each month! Here’s a list of authors we have shared so far along with several book related activities. This is our 3rd year of hosting so there’s quite a few to choose from!
- Don and Audrey Woods
- Mo Willems
- Kevin Henkes
- Lois Ehlert
- Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- Tomie dePaola
- Jan Brett
- David McPhail
- Dr. Seuss
- Julia Donaldson
- David Shannon
- Mem Fox
- Denise Fleming
- Marcus Pfister
- Laura Numeroff
- Karma Wilson
- Nick Sharratt
- Bill Martin Jr.
- Donald Crews
- Leo Lionni
- Jez Alborough
- Gail Gibbons
- Ellen Stoll Walsh
- Eric Litwin
- and More to Come
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