Saturday, February 25, 2017

Monthly Crafting Book Club: Giraffes Can't Dance

giraffes can't dance book

            Hey folks! I'm excited to be participating in something new on the blog: the Monthly Crafting Book Club. I just recently came across this on Raising Fairies and Knights, who hosts it, but was immediately interested in the idea. Books and crafts are two of my personal favorite things, but, even more than that, I have been consciously trying to read more to my girls and I am all about anything that helps make learning more fun and books more memorable. Plus, Myka usually likes doing crafts too. ;)
            The premise behind the Monthly Crafting Book Club, if you're new to it as well, is that we read a specific book (or any book from a pre-determined series) and make up a craft that goes along with/pertains to that book. Fun, right? It is geared towards toddlers and preschoolers, so it's the perfect age range for us right now. But enough yammering. Let's get started!

reading together
I gave my husband the arduous task of taking a decent picture of us while we read the book again. No easy task as the little one likes to get up in my business, so they end up fighting over my lap!

            February's book is Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae. This is a fun and heart-warming story about a giraffe named Gerald who longs to participate at the annual Jungle Dance. The problem is, well, he just can't dance like all the other animals!
            After an embarrassing scene at the annual Jungle Dance, Gerald meets a friend who, amazingly, helps Gerald discover his only special rhythm that he dances incredibly too. All the jungle animals who made fun of him earlier even catch him dancing and all want to know how he became such an awesome dancer!
            I had never heard of this book before, but I think the three of us all liked it for the most part. I love just about any children's book with rhyming text. Having a baby who likes to mutilate books, I was happy this came in a board book version. ;) Myka loves dancing, so she enjoyed that aspect of the story. She's probably a little young to grasp the whole “dance to the beat of your own drum” moral of the story, but that's ok. Still a good lesson. One of Ripley's favorite things is looking at books and Giraffes Can't Dance seems to be one of her new favorites. It's so funny and cute watching her point to pictures and babble on. :)
            Now, on to the craft!

finished giraffe craft
Suggested Age: 3+

What You'll Need:

giraffe craft supplies

-toilet paper tube
-5 craft sticks (aka popsicle sticks)
-brown marker or paint (or yellow or whatever color you want to make your giraffe!)
-brown yarn
-2 googly eyes
-brown foam or construction paper
-scissors or shark knife

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*Decorate your tp tube with some giraffe spots.

*Color or paint your craft sticks brown and let dry while you finish the next steps.

gcd craft2
*Poke a hole just big enough to squeeze your craft sticks in for the neck and legs. (I used scissors, but I highly recommend using a sharp knife instead!)

gcd craft3
*Cut out a giraffe head shape from your foam or construction paper. Glue or stick on one googly eye on either side. (Did you know there are handy googly eyes that are stickers on the back?!)

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*Glue your giraffe head to one of the craft sticks.

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*Cut several small pieces of yarn. Tie one close to the end of the other. Snip off tails to make it close to the same length as the end of the first string you tied it too. Repeat with at least one more string, more if you like or are able.

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*Glue your yarn tail to your tp tube.

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*Once your “neck” and head are dry, place it in the neck hole. Repeat with all of the “leg” sticks. You can try to glue these in if you like, but again, we just made the holes big enough to squeeze the sticks in so we wouldn't have to worry about the glue. :)

girl and giraffe craft

Be sure to look below for even more craft ideas to go along with Giraffes Can't Dance!
Giraffe's Can't Dance Craft - Monthly Crafting Book Club is celebrating Giraffe's Can't Dance Crafts this month with a group of bloggers and crafts to show that Giraffes CAN dance.
Thinking Outside The Pot
This Is How We Roll Thursday Party


  1. I did a toilet paper craft too, but totally different. So cute!! This looks like a lot of fun!

    Thank you so much for participating this month in the #monthlycraftingbookclub.

    1. Thanks! I had fun trying to come up with a craft. Can't wait to check the rest of them out!

  2. This craft is so cute! I especially love the gigantic googly eyes you used! So glad you joined us this month!

  3. We love Giraffes Can't Dance! This is such a great idea! I am so pinning this and I will also do the craft it with my kids too. It is so cute! Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost My apology for the delay in commenting. Thank you for your patience. xx