Friday, July 19, 2013

20+ Book-inspired Forest Week Crafts & Activities for Kids {+6 Giveaways)

This week for our Virtual Book Club Summer Camp The Educators' Spin On ItRainy Day Mum, and I explored the forest! We did crafts and activities with a forest theme and had a lot of fun! 

Here are 20+ book-inspired forest week activities that we've collected from our blogs! As we create more, we'll add them to this post as well. Click on each link for more details about how to do each activity or craft.

Bear craft
Teddy Bear biscuits
Spray Bottle Number Hunt with the Gruffalo
Teddy Bear picnic
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Pretend Play
Sun Prints
Handprint owls
Hunting for Owl homes
M&M Fall Trees inspired by Monet
Tossing Pine Cones game
Textured Letter O Owl
Owl puppet
Leaf Patterns
Gruffalo Tracks
Gruffalo finger puppets
Going on a Gruffalo Hunt
Creating a Gruffalo reward chart
Owl Pizza
Fall Family Tree Sticky wall
Hiking fun with toddlers
Window math with the Gruffalo
Painted Fall Trees inspired by Monet

If you'd like more information regarding forest themed book suggestions and other awesome related activities & crafts, head over and sign up for our Virtual Book Club Summer Camp Newsletter. It isn't too late to join in! You'll be joining 2,000+ other participants and we'll send you all of info for the weeks that you missed.

In addition to sharing about forest week on our blogs we have also been pinning ideas that we've found to our Virtual Book Club Summer Camp Pinterest Board.

If you aren't subscribed to our VBC Summer Camp Weekly Activity Planners yet, you can click here to add your email to the list and get weekly updates on all the fun things coming up during our VBC Summer Camp!

Wow! Can you believe we only have one week left? The summer is flying by! As a bonus for our VBC Summer Camp "campers" this week we have SIX fabulous giveaways arriving in this week's activity planner from SIX of our sponsors! All email subscribers can enter these giveaways.

Make sure to read all of the information below before you enter each giveaway. For detailed giveaway rules, please refer here.

Here are a few details about this week's featured giveaways...

Our first two giveaways are continued from last week’s planner. There was a glitch when the planners were sent out and we want to make sure that ALL of our participants are able to enter these giveaways, so we are extending them for another week.

For Giveaway #1 we are giving away a cool box of craft supplies from is dedicated to kids’ arts and crafts projects for preschool children to tweens! From holidays to rainy days, the classroom or at home, you will find step by step instructions to inspire kids with arts and crafts! Many projects on the site contain templates you can download to create at home. Their products can be found at Wal-Mart and are fabulous! You will love crafting with this box of craft supplies. You can also find more ideas from them on PinterestYouTubeTwitter, and Facebook.

For Giveaway #2 we are giving away three Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child gift packages for three lucky winners! 

The gift packages include:
The Gruffalo book or Gruffalo’s Child book
The Gruffalo DVD or the The Gruffalo's Child DVD
and a Gruffalo plush toy

There is also an awesome Gruffalo Adventures coloring contest going on right now that you can enter and win all sorts of other Gruffalo prizes. Go here to learn more. Make sure to tag your photos and posts with #gruffaloadventures.

* Note that the and Gruffalo giveaway deadlines were extended due to a technical glitch.

For Giveaway #3 we are giving away 5 copies of Amy Mascott’s e-book 5 Minute Reading Tricks for Raising Rock Star Readers to 5 awesome campers.

Amy is a reading specialist, the founder of Teach Mama, the creator of the We Teach group, and is basically a rock star at everything else she does too. You can read more about her here. You will love all the awesomeness she shares in her e-book about reading.

Grab a free copy of we teach Summertime Learning Ebook for members too!

For Giveaway #4 we will be giving away a copy of Chloe the Jumbo Jet: A Problem of Olympic Proportions and a Chloe the Jumbo Jet: t-shirt. Three lucky campers will be able to win this prize! 

Chloe the Jumbo Jet is a unique book series featuring the worldwide journeys of Chloe the Jumbo Jet, and her friends as they learn about values and the world around them.

Chloe the Jumbo Jet: The Fantastic Adventure of the Big Ol' Giant Rainbow Balloon is available as a free ebook download for everyone at the following URL:

For Giveaway #5 we will be giving away 3 copies of a book of your choice from Flatten Me to 3 lucky campers! has been making award-winning magical personalized products for 6 years. New York Times Best Selling author, Robyn Spizman, wrote our most recent book OWL Always Love You. It's a fabulous custom keepsake gift for a new baby or to remind any child how much they are loved.

(Winners pay 3.99 Shipping Fee, Available for US only)

For Giveaway #6 we will be giving away to 3 Winners $50 Credit for your Choice of Toys from Melissa and Doug .com Online to 3 Lucky Winners! 

Melissa and Doug's philosophy has remained the same for over 25 years–to make each and every customer a happy and permanent member of the Melissa & Doug family, while offering products with tremendous value, quality and design. Their line offers something for everyone with over 2,000 innovative products for children of all ages!

Wondering how you’re going to keep the kids occupied ALL summer long? Don’t fret: Our Summer Fun Calendar is available for FREE! Similar to last year’s Camp Sunny Patch celebration, this year they've gathered up some favorite bloggers, and created a calendar full of educational activities, crafts, games, summer-sanity tips, and more!

All giveaways will end on Thursday, July 25th at 11:59pm PST.* Winners will be announced in next Friday’s camp wrap up newsletter. Only subscribers to the VBC Camp Activity Planner are eligible to enter these giveaways. 

Here's a badge for you to add to your blog if you are participating in Summer Camp!

Click on the images and links below to check out more info about our wonderful sponsors!


Kids Yoga Stories
Melissa and Doug
The World of Eric Carle
Chloe the Jumbo Jet
Steve Spangler

We are also excited to have the support of the following friends of Virtual Book Club!

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