World Book Day Activity Ideas

2020-02-20     Heather Mactivity    

world book day activities

Are you looking for World Book Day activity ideas, or perhaps World Book Day ideas for KS1 and KS2? We’ve done a round up of our favourite ideas that are easy and do-able for all abilities.

World Book Day is a great excuse to get off timetable and really celebrate a love of reading – which I believe is the cornerstone of ALL learning. Encouraging a love of reading really is essential, and as a class teacher I would sit and read my own book whilst my class were reading, to emphasise that reading is a life long pleasure. Here are our favourite activities and ideas not just for World Book Day actually, but for general fun book related learning!

Kapow Primary have got a great selection of demo videos and lesson ideas to bring more of a cross curricular approach to World Book Day – I love the story triarama idea as it’s super creative and could actually be used in lots of different ways. Also – kids love it! Kapow have also written up their favourite World Book Day ideas which is worth a read.


Kapow Primary

Make Gruffalo crumble like Mummy 2 Twindividuals.

Gruffalo crumble recipe

Photocredit: Mummy 2 Twindividuals

  • Jenny from The Gingerbread House said, “They could choose their favourite book and decorate the classroom door.”
  • Lauren from Sophie’s Nursery said, “Take the first line of a group favourite book (e.g. a fairy tale or a Julia Donaldson story) and then ask the children to come up with their own endings. This could be adapted to age so they can either write the ending, act it out, draw it, talk about it etc.”
  • Josie from Me, Them and the Others said, ” I’ve done messy play with porridge oats and a Goldilocks theme and made gingerbread play dough for a “Cant catch me I’m the gingerbread man” theme.
  • Kirsty from The Moneysaving Mum said, “They could all dress up as various different characters of a book 🤷🏻‍♀️ and act a scene out? Or just act a scene without getting dressed up and someone else has to guess the book 🙂 that sounds easier (& cheaper!)

Bookmarks! We have loads to choose from – take a look at our printable bookmarks for kids here.

end of term bookmarks for kids

Use our free writing frames for free flow story writing – the old fashioned way!

free writing frames

Make a BFG Dream Jar from Red Kite Days.

big dream jar

Photo credit: Red Kite Days.


Make a paper plate puppet show to retell your favourite story – here’s our craft puppet show for inspiration!

Make origami book marks! From our friends at Red Ted Art.

world book day bookmarks

Photo credit: Red Ted Art

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Categories: Paper Craft, Teacher Tips, World Book Day

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