The “Henry and Mudge” books written by Cynthia Rylant are wonderful books for children. These books are basically about a boy and his dog and the many adventures that they have together. There are numerous great crafts and activities that your child can complete that are related to the many different books in this series.
One great idea for a project that could be done with any of the “Henry and Mudge” books is to make Henry and Mudge puppets. You could print out a picture of Henry and Mudge that could be cut out, colored in, and then attached to a Popsicle stick. Another option is for the child to draw and color her own picture. Lastly, the puppet could be made from attaching a picture to the bottom of a paper bag to make a paper bag puppet.
Once the puppet is completed, the kids can either act out their favorite scene in any book or they could make up their own new adventures for the duo. If they are really into this project, the kids could even work to make scenery for the puppet show.
If your child is reading the book “Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble” then you could do the following related craft. The first step is to either print out a non-colored picture of Mudge or have your child draw a picture of him. Next, the picture should be colored and cut out. After Mudge is completed, your child should draw the shape of a large puddle on white paper, cut it out, and color it blue. A slit should be cut along the middle of the puddle that is large enough for the Mudge drawing to go through. Your child can now pretend that Mudge is playing in the puddle of water.
“Henry and Mudge in the Sparkle Days” is about the adventures of Henry and Mudge in the snow. One cute activity that your child can do after reading this book is to make his or her own snowy scene. This can be simply drawing a picture or making a full model in a shoebox or on sturdy cardboard. Cotton balls or some white Styrofoam peanuts with some glitter glued on can be used for snow. Your child will have fun letting his or her imagination run wild to make their snowy scene.
“Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan” is a great book about the main characters making a snowman. If it happens to be snowy in your area at the time of reading this book, then it is a great time to go outside and build a snowman. If there is no snow available, then you can still make a snowman. You could use different sized cotton balls for a very small snowman or you could use Styrofoam balls in different sizes for a larger snowman. The snowman can be decorated with accessories that are made from any available craft supplies.
These are just a few of the many crafts and activities that your child can complete that are related to the wonderful books about the very loveable Henry and Mudge.