Use these easy book-themed activities to celebrate World Book Day with your children.
50 easy World Book Day activities
Many home-educating groups, schools, and early years settings celebrate with book-themed events and invite their children (& parents / staff!) to dress up as their favourite book character.
You can have lots of fun theming a whole day, or a whole week of activities around books.
You can use these ideas for easy World Book Day activities to share the love of reading right across the curriculum.
Give reading a special place in your kids’ lives
Of course you can read anywhere, but creating a special place to read shows just how wonderful books are.
It’s very simple to set up a book nook – all you really need is a place to sit and some books – but adding in some extra special touches can make a little reading den that children love to visit.
You can make a book nook…
and add in this 23 reasons to read printable poster to decorate your space!
Re-tell well known stories through play
Use props and loose parts as an invitation for children to re-tell the stories they know. You can tell stories:
with Story Stones
with storytelling cards
with a story telling tin
with a story maps
More World Book Day activities
Play the Guess Who game and see if you can work out who the book character is
Host a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
or a Gruffalo party
Role play The Three Bears
Bake a Gingerbread Man
Play with a Billy Goats Gruff sensory tub
Go on a Bear Hunt
Play Are You My Mother?
Act out Lost and Found
Play in an Out of the Ocean sensory tub
Make Brown Bear, Brown Bear shadow puppets
Act out the Little Blue Truck
Grown your own beanstalk
Become your favourite book character
Be Captain Hook with these 35+ pirate activities
Be Pippi Longstocking and make a Museum of Turnupstuffing
Be Strega Nona
Be the Big Bad Wolf
Be an elf for the shoemaker
Bring some of your favourite books to life with art and crafts
with printable bookmarks
with Peg Doll puppets
Make a Wild Thing mask
Encourage children to write books of their own
Combine art and storytelling and make an Incy Wincy book
Take the first line of your favourite tale and write your own ending
Write a story on the wings of a bird
Put yourself in a story with speech bubbles
Happy World Book Day!