21 ideas for world book day

world book day activitiesAre you going to celebrate World Book Day with your children on 1st March? It’s a worldwide celebration of children’s books and reading and marked in over 100 countries around the globe.

Books are such a fun springboard in to all sorts of activities, crafts and play. Here are our favourite World Book Day ideas for you to try.

21 World Book Day Ideas for fun with your kids

world book day activities

Bring a book to life in your own small world

Use playdough to create a landscape of your chosen book: under the sea or in outer space

Use our favourite salt dough recipe to make a model Gruffalo, Bog Baby or Cat in the Hat.

Celebrate a classic with our Very Hungry Caterpillar activities ideas.

Paint, collage or junk model your own Very Hungry Caterpillar

Then grow that caterpillar and try some butterfly art 

world book day activities

Make a peg doll of your favourite book character: superheroes, mermaids or princesses

Make a mask or puppet and invite the Tiger Who Came To Tea to play

Sew your own bookmark

Tell a story with these Fairy Tale Fridge Magnets

Create a set of story stones

Play the Guess Who game and work out which book character everyone is

Enjoy some seafaring stories and transform your sofa into a pirate ship

world book day ideas

Host a Mad Hatter’s Tea party

Turn a cardboard box into a story tent

Write your own zig zag story book

Send a postcard to your favourite book character

Create your own comic book story

matchbox books

Write a tiny tale in an Incy Wincy Book

Set up a creation station and invite the children to write their own tales

Take the first line of a book and write your own ending

More World Book Day resources

The World Book Day site has lots of extra resources and games for you to use.

World Book Day supports two charities with its fundraising: Book Aid International which helps bring books, literacy and education to sub-Saharan Africa and Readathon, a UK charity which promotes a love of reading and raises money for seriously ill children.

Book Aid has some fun World Book day activity and fundraising ideas on their site together with a competition to win £100 National Book Tokens for your school.

 How are you going to celebrate World Book Day with your children?

An excellent resource of preschool activities, toghether with 10 printables. Includes math, literacy, art, science and play ideas for thre to fice year olds. Click through to download your copy.



  1. says

    If you would like to borrow accessible versions of the above titles we have the following: The Very Hungry Caterpillar; The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Incey Wincey Spider and many more lovely picture books. Our library is a free postal library for blind and partially sighted children and adults and each picture books contains tactile versions of the characters, braille and an accompanying audio description.

  2. says

    These are excellent ideas, I will be returning for inspiration next time I babysit my friend’s children. The peg doll idea took me down memory lane – I had forgotten all about them!

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