Some bloggers do this very well (see www.playingbythebook.net). So do some schools. My daughter's class recently had to make the garage from David Almond's Skellig out of a shoebox, a project my eleven year-old loved.
For Fairytale Hairdresser, of course, I have long-haired dolls for the children to style.
I like to have a range of dolls, representing the different fairy tale characters, even if it means having to source a mermaid tail, or dye a doll's hair to find the right shade of purple to become the Sugar Plum Fairy.
|Tail made by Sally Channon (Salstuff)|
|Rapunzel, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty|
|Hair dyed with sharpie ink|
There are lots of craft projects you can make with children based on their favourite books, and some schools have come up with wonderful ideas. Grow House Forest School in Switzerland had a Fairytale Hairdresser craft day, with activities including building the Three Pigs' houses (and testing their strength using a hairdryer!)
They can make maps tracking journeys across the book
|Map from The Magic Potions Shop, illus by Lauren Beard|
and there's ultimate tribute: dressing up as your favourite book character!
|Kittie Laceys on World Book Day|
For my Magic Potions Shop series, I've been busy making teeny potions bottles.
Let me know your craft ideas - I'm always looking for more projects! :)
(You can find lots of crafts, including activity sheets to download, on my website www.abielongstaff.com)