Picture Book Craft: Everyone is Carrot Rating

Wanted Ralfy Rabbit Book Burglar 2

WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit Book Burglar by children’s author and illustrator Emily MacKenzie (published by Bloomsbury Publishing 2015) has been awarded a googolflex carrot rating in our household. We got the idea from Ralfy himself who loves reading and gives every book he reads a special carrot rating. So I thought perhaps by spreading more of Ralfy’s carrots around, his love of reading could become infectious and encourage many more children to read.

So please follow the instructions to print out your own Little Book of Carrot Ratings to help make bedtime reading even more fun.

Step 1: First you will need some carrots… a maximum of five per book rating. Here are twenty four on one page so print onto card as many times as needed.

Carrots x24

Step 2: Next cut out the carrots individually and put blu tac on the back of each one so they can stick to the score cards.

Carrots Cut

Step 3: Cut one piece of A4 orange card in half to make the front and back covers for your book.

Step 4: Print out the following two carrot score cards. Cut out and stick onto card of any colour. You need one score card for every book being rated so this image can be printed multiple times as required. The score card has room for the title of the book, a space to draw a picture about the book and a maximum of five carrots.

Carrot Rating Sheet x2

Step 5: For the book cover, print the following image onto a sheet of paper and stick one onto one half of the A4 orange card. (I’ve included two cover images as I needed one per child).

Carrot Book Cover

Step 6: Punch a hole at the top left hand corner of the front and back covers and any carrot score cards. Use a split pin or treasury tag to attach them together so it is easy to undo and insert a new carrot rating at any time.

Little Book of Carrot Ratings

Now your Little Book of Carrot Ratings is complete and ready to help you rate your books from 1-5 carrots. Five being the most delicious! The carrot scores can easily be removed and changed at any time and enough carrot score cards can be added until the novelty wears off.

It’s very simple to do. Have fun!

PB Craft Ralfy Rabbit

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Picture Book Craft: How to Make a Paper Cup Paddington

PB Craft Paddington

Paddington was one of my childhood favourites and with his recent revival I couldn’t resist creating a picture book craft for him.

Step 1: To make your own paper cup Paddington you will need the following items:

  • 1 paper cup
  • 1 sheet brown card
  • 1 sheet red card
  • Small piece of black card (if not use brown)
  • Black wool
  • 1 brown felt tip pen
  • 1 black felt tip pen
  • String
  • 1 square of royal blue felt
  • 1 straw
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 mini raisin box
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Paddington 6

Step 2: Place the cup upside-down on the table and colour the top half (narrow end) brown.

Paddington 2

Step 3: Stick on 2 googly eyes, then cut out an oval shape from the black card to stick on the cup as a nose. Use a piece of black wool for the mouth.

Step 4: Start to make the hat. Draw and cut out shapes for the brim and top of the hat. You will need two of each shape.

Step 5: Stick the brims and the tops together with glue and draw round the edges with a black pen to highlight. Staple the sides together at the edges.

Paddington 3

Step 6: Cut approx a 26x8cm rectangle from the felt. Fold one third over at the top for the coat collar, then wrap it round the wider end of the cup and stick down with glue.

Step 7: Make the “Please look after this bear. Thank You” tag with the brown card and string. Tie round the cup under the duffle coat collar.

Paddington 4

Step 8: To make the coat toggles, cut two 1 cm lengths from the straw, wrap with felt and stick down with glue. Tie with brown wool and stick to front of coat.

Step 9: Cut out arms and paws from brown paper. Stick felt on for sleeves on arms. Attach the paws and arms with glue.

Step 10: To make the suitcase, find a used mini raisin box and cover with the brown card. Cut holes in the top to push and stick down the string for the handle.

Step 11: Place the hat on the narrow end of the cup to complete your paper cup Paddington.

Now Paddington is ready to go on his adventures with you as you read the book. Have fun!

Paddington 5

This picture book craft was based on the following book:

Book: Paddington

Author: Michael Bond

Illustrator: R. W. Alley

Publisher: Harper Collins 2007

Source: Own copy

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