Book Craft #1 | The Giant Jam Sandwich

Book Craft #1 | The Giant Jam Sandwich

The idea behind Book Craft Days are that we read a story, then do activities based around the book.  Miss H loves reading and these days really encourage her to think a little more about the story and then get creative; it really is the best of both worlds.  These can be done with any book, but if your not feeling too creative, don’t worry you can always recreate some of our days; make sure you tag us on Twitter on Instagram so we can see the fun you are having!

Our first book day is The Giant Jam Sandwich.

This is a well written and wonderful story that rhymes you through the tale of a village being swarmed by wasps and how the villagers make The Giant Jam Sandwich as a way of catching them all.

After reading the book we made some bread, then while that was baking we made a jam sandwich (which Miss H pretty much started to eat straight away!), then we made a wasp!  You can see our photos below along with the bread recipe and wasp instructions (I won’t insult you with a jam sandwich recipe!).




500g White Flour
7g Sachet Fast Action Dried Yeast
1 TSP Salt
300 ML Tepid Water
2 TBSP Olive Oil1 TBSP Clear Honey
Loaf Tin
Cooling Rack


  1.  Tip the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together with your hands.
  2. Mix the water, oil and honey.
  3. Pour the water, oil and honey into the mixture and kneed into a soft dough, kneed the dough for 5 minutes.
  4. Oil a loaf tin and press in the dough.  Put the loaf tin in a large food bag and seal it, leave it for 1 hour until the dough rises.
  5. Preheat oven to 180 C Fan or Gas Mark 6.
  6. Bake the loaf for 30-35 minutes until Golden and Crisp; do not open the oven for the first half of baking!
  7. Turn the loaf out onto a cooling rack.
  8. When cool, make it into a beautiful jam sandwich!




What you will need:

Old Newspaper
Pipe Cleaners
Black & White Wiggly Eyes
Pritt Glue Stick
50 x Multi Coloured Tissue Paper
Black Card
Clear Plastic


1. Scrunch up the old newspaper into the shape of a wasp, fold the black paper around it and stick it together with sellotape.

2. Fold the yellow paper into a thin stripe and wrap this around the wasp just past the head.  Repeat this just before the end.

3. Using your Pritt Stick, stick 2 eyes onto the wasp face.

4. Using sellotape, stick a pipe cleaner just above the eyes to make tentacles!

5.  Fold the black card in half, cut a circle out of the middle, Stick the clear plastic onto the black card over the cutout circles & then stick it onto the wasp to form wings.

There you have it a wasp!

We had such fun on our The Giant Jam Sandwich. day! I would recommend this as an incredibly fun activity to do at home. This would be a perfect rainy day activity!

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  1. 11th October 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Glad you like the idea Laura, tag me on social media when you do a book day – would love to see the pics 🙂 x

  2. 9th October 2016 / 5:17 pm

    What an absolutely wonderful idea to read the book and do activities around the theme of the book. I will definitely try this with my children. Thanks for linking up to #kidslovetoread

  3. 28th September 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Oh this is another lovely post. I think its great to use a book as the basis of activities. It’s wonderful to extend children’s learning based on the books they are interested in. Fab!

  4. 26th September 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Wow this looks great and something I could do with the twins thanks for sharing #KLTR

  5. 22nd September 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Thank you for your lovely feedback 🙂 The bread was so easy honestly I didn’t think it would be either; give it a go 🙂 x

  6. 19th September 2016 / 10:28 pm

    I love your book themed activities. You are very brave making bread. We may have to make do with visiting the shop 🙂

  7. 3rd September 2016 / 7:44 am

    Your welcome! Bookmark them and come back to them when the time comes 🙂 x

  8. 3rd September 2016 / 7:44 am

    They are so much fun you will love it 🙂 x

  9. 25th August 2016 / 9:51 pm

    I love this idea of reading with your little one then following up with activities. It appeals to the teacher in me greatly. I can’t wait until bubba is old enough for some fun!
    Thank you for linking to#foodiefriday

  10. 25th August 2016 / 2:35 pm

    What a lovely idea, can’t wait for my little to big enough to do this with
    Thank you for linking up with #FoodieFriday

  11. 23rd August 2016 / 7:45 am

    Ohhh I’ve never done that! Sounds like something to try though; I guess it would taste like a scone!! Yum x

  12. 23rd August 2016 / 7:45 am

    Haha! It is a great book and so many bake/craft options to go with it! X

  13. 23rd August 2016 / 7:44 am

    Laura this was so easy! If I can do it anyone can 🙂 let me know if you try it x

  14. 23rd August 2016 / 7:44 am

    It’s really easy to do just read a story first so you can see what it’s about then add in a couple of related crafts or bakes 🙂 x

  15. 23rd August 2016 / 7:43 am

    Thank you, we love our book days!! We are trying to have one a week 🙂 x

  16. 21st August 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Oh this is a fabulous idea, definitely one to keep in mind for the boys, especially on a rainy day! There are so many other things to come up with too. Great post! x

  17. 21st August 2016 / 6:37 am

    What a brilliant idea, making a day of baking around a book your reading. I love the smell of fresh bread in the house and looks like you all had fun #foodiefriday

  18. 20th August 2016 / 9:44 pm

    What a great idea. I have never tried to make bread, but I do love the smell of freshly baked bread. This has inspired me. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x

  19. 19th August 2016 / 10:57 pm

    You totally had me at jam sandwhich! I’ve not seen the book so will have to have a look out for it!

  20. 19th August 2016 / 11:05 am

    Oh I love a jam sandwich especially with clotted cream on it as well!


  21. 18th August 2016 / 8:49 pm

    It’s great fun and the opportunities to explore books with activities are literally endless! x

  22. 18th August 2016 / 8:27 pm

    I love the idea of linking activites to a book! And who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked bread? This sounds like a winning activity to me! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  23. 18th August 2016 / 3:02 pm

    It was so easy & the smell of fresh bread wafting through the house was delightful!! x

  24. 18th August 2016 / 2:56 pm

    I’ve always wanted to give bread making a go & this doesn’t look too tricky. Love the wasp.

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