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This post isn’t directly linked to one picture book, but it focuses on a craft idea for preserving your child’s school-year memories.  I had a conversation with a parent in a program this past week about how difficult it is to keep all the things that her child makes, and I told her about this grocery bag book that I made for my son, that was featured on Scrapbook Memories TV several years ago.  You can find the project instructions on the show’s website here.

Be sure to watch the next video post below for a school-year pencil box craft project!


For directions on how to make this simple pencil box craft for holding your child’s school-year memories, check out my book, The Ultimate Guide to Scrapbooking with Children available at Cardz TV Stamps!

The art of Eric Carle is colorful, fun, and easily recognizable.  It is amazing how simple it is!  The artist methods used by Eric Carle in his books is easy to replicate– even for kids!  For a few quick and easy ideas for celebrating Eric Carle’s picture book artwork, watch my video, and stay tuned in the coming days for more Eric Carle kids’ craft ideas!

Thanks for watching!



I love this version of Eric Carle’s My Very First Book of Numbers!  When I taught preschool, I used it all the time in my classroom, so I decided to make my own version of  split-paged book for my students to use.

You can find the instructions for my split-paged scrapbook in my book, The Ultimate Guide to Scrapbooking with Children, which is available for purchase at CARDZ TV STAMPS!

*Project dimensions

*Covers: 7  1/4″ x 8  3/4″

*Inside pages: 7 x 4 1/4″

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

I am sure that this has happened many times before, but I am absolutely smitten with this book!  A friend at the library discovered it, and brought it to my attention (thanks, Sarah!).  It is stunning– not only visually, but also in words and sentiment.  I knew from the first page that I most own this book.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The first three lines read:

“Morris Lessmore loved words.

He loved stories.

He loved books.”

This is my book.  I might not have written it, or drawn the pictures, but it is mine.  If you love picture books, read it, and make it yours, too.

Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillarby Eric Carle is a classic book that is loved by many preschoolers!  The artwork in this picture book– and for that matter, all of Eric Carle’s picture books– is full of beautiful colors.  Carle created his work from sketches and colorful tissue paper, which is a great technique to use with children to create their own work of art.  I’ll share more on that in a later post.

Today, I want to share a cute, quick, inexpensive way to create beautiful butterflies like the one at the end of Carle’s book.

The supplies you will need for this Picture Book Craft include:

*  Zipper-top plastic bags

* Clothespins

*Pipe cleaners or twist ties (for the antenna)

*Small jiggle eyes (optional)

*Colorful items for filling the bags (tissue paper, buttons, beads, tinsel, silk flowers, etc.)

Image L to R: Butterfly filled with flowers from Hawaiian Lei; Butterfly filled with cut tissue paper squares; Butterfly filled with Christmas tinsel; Mini Butterfly made with small baggie and filled with micro beads; Butterfly filled with Buttons.

Try different fillings for your butterflies– have fun with what you have on hand!  Don’t be afraid to fill butterflies with shaving cream or paint– just look around– this one is super cheap, and easily modified to fit what you already have!