5 Unique Story Times, with Crafts to Match

Last updated: July 19, 2022, at 2:10 p.m. PT

Originally published: April 24, 2020, at 2:39 p.m. PT

Child holding paper craft space ship up against a chalkboard space drawing

Has at-home story time gone stale? Are you in need of new ways to keep your readers interested? Check out these awesome ways to engage eager ears with some cool crafts to do inspired by the stories.

Story Time with a Sheriff

The brave officers of Pierce County Sheriff’s Department are sharing some of their favorite stories. There are many to choose from but we really enjoy Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, read by Deputy Mike Myers.

When you are done listening to the story, create your own coconut tree with the letters of your name, practice counting with coconuts, or any of the creative ideas found here.

Storyline Online

Feeling starstruck? Head to Storyline Online and select any number of stories from their vast library to be read by a favorite celebrity. We loved hearing Harry the Dirty Dog being read by Betty White.

When your done listening to the story, make your own Harry the Dirty Dog Thaumatrope to explore, create your own version of Harry the Dirty Dog, or assemble a fun Wash the Dog sensory bin.

KCLS Tell Me a Story

The King County Library system has a vast library of rhymes and songs for early learning shared by KCLS children’s librarians, including several in Mandarin and Spanish. We love BINGO followed by a fun Farm Animal Windsock or Ladybug, Ladybug Flying Through the Air, followed by a cute Ladybug Paper Bag Puppet.

Story Time from Space

Story time can take you to faraway places—and in this case, literally! The Global Space Education Foundation has created Story Time from Space where astronauts read amazing stories about space. Read along to any of these amazing stories and follow up with some space inspired crafts

Good Night with Dolly

Dolly Parton shares some of her favorite stories through her Imagination Library series, Good Night with Dolly. You can find all of her stories in here and follow up with a cool craft. We love her rendition of The Little Engine that Could and think it would be fun to make your very own train from a simple shoebox and a lot of imagination.