Fabulous Ideas For World Book Day {PlayLearning}

Thursday is World Book Day, and aside from Ameli’s preschool getting the kids to come it in pyjamas and with teddy bears, I thought that would make a great theme for this week, following on nicely from last week’s Dr.Seuss theme, and incorporating some of it for the week ahead. We’ve chosen our favourite stories to focus on this week, and for us, they are Peter Pan, Dr. Seuss, Charlie and Lola, Winnie the Pooh and Scruffy Teddy.

Here are some of the ideas from around the web that we will be incorporating into our crafting and activity ‘PlayLearning’ time this week.

World Book Day

Peter Pan

  • Read Peter Pan. There are a lot of versions of the story available, and of course, any are fine, but we have this beautiful pop up Peter Pan, complete with sound. It’s really fabulous, and the complete story.
  • Dress Up as Peter Pan or Tinkerbell, and play act bits from the book.
  • Make a teepee for Tigerlilly and friends
  • Go on a treasure hunt with your own treasure map
  • Make edible fairy dust
  • And finally, a Peter Pan mobile could make a lovely gift for a friend with a new baby!

Dr Seuss

Well, we did a whole long list of Dr Seuss activities last week, so I’m not going to repeat it all here, but will tell you that we are having a Dr Seuss party on Tuesday, and we can’t wait. I’m going to use our room decor from this week to decorate the hall into a Truffula Tree forest. We also lovedthese One Fish Two Fish savoury crackers.

Charlie and Lola

I currently have this scheduled for Wednesday, and we don’t have a lot of time for crafting activities on a Wednesday, but I found this post, and it’s full of Charlie and Lola themed activities – seriously, this is one cool mama!

Winnie the Pooh

  • We had a Winnie the Pooh themed birthday party for Ameli when she turned 2, and there’s been a long-standing love for the Bear of very Little Brain since long before, so it was
  • I have notoriously bad luck with this kind of thing, but I love the look of these boiled honey sweets, especially as I sit here with a sore throat.
  • Also, I love this idea for a bit of word bingo and teaching the children to pay attention to the details in a story.
  • Finally, this wall art is fabulous if you have a book that’s not in great condition, or can print some pages, but I think it’s probably more mama-art than toddlers!

See our other book themed activities here

Here’s our Pinterest board for World Book Week, feel free to follow along!
Follow Luschka van Onselen’s board {PlayLearning} World Book Day on Pinterest.

A - Z Book Day Costumes
Courtesy of: A2Z Kids

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Ideas For Dr Seuss’ Birthday {PlayLearning}

Our PlayLearning theme this week is Dr Seuss and a touch of World Book Day, we have a few books waiting to be read, so we’re going to work through them this week.  We are also huge Dr Seuss fans, and Ameli particularly loves them for bed time stories, so Dr Seuss is a great theme for us to repeat again, despite having done it once before already.

Dr Seuss ActivitiesBecause of the multitude of Dr Seuss stories, there’s so much to do in this theme, it’s rather brilliant.

Crafts and Play 

Lorax mask

Truffula Tree Landscape

Lorax Pencil Holder

Lorax Puppets

Truffula Tree Waterless Snowglobe

Truffula Tree Hop (And other games)

Cat in the Hat Paper Plate

Horton Hears a Who Toilet Roll Craft

One Fish Two Fish Three Fish hand print craft

Family Foot Book

Green Eggs and Ham Bath

Hop On Pop Site Word Cards

Tweetle Beetle Play Rice

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut Glasses

The Sneetches Game

Cat In The Hat Paper Plate Craft Hats


Cat in the Hat Yoghurt

Marshmallow Truffalo Trees

Green Eggs And Ham

(Scrambled) Green Eggs and Ham

Cat in the Hat Fruit

Cat in the Hat lunch

Truffula Tree Fruit

Lorax Cheese Snack

One Fish Two Fish Savoury Crackers



The Loraxand Youtube has been most helpful with movies too, such as: Green Eggs And Ham, The Cat in The Hat, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (awesome drawing art)


There’s so much Dr Seuss stuff out there, that it’s hard to know what’s worth spending money on. We don’t have a definitive list by any means, but here are some of our favourites:

The Lorax Pop Up (US) – A beautiful pop up version of the story, with really funky interactive bits.

A Classic Case of Dr Seuss (US) – A case of books. We have this one. Ameli loves it.

I Can Do That Card Game (US) – A fun little card game, especially for a group of children.

Follow Luschka van Onselen’s board {Themes} Dr Seuss on Pinterest.
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