Beasty Books


Students go wild filling Beasty Books and their brains with fun facts and figures about their favorite creatures.


1. Which animal makes you curious? Look up facts about your animal. Where does it live? What does it eat? How big do these animals grow? Find a picture of your animal.

2. Use Crayola® Construction Paper Crayons to draw the animal on construction paper. This is your Beasty Book cover. Cut out your cover with Crayola Scissors.

3. Trace the cover several times. These pages will make the inside of your book and the back cover. Cut out all the animal-shaped pages.

4. Decorate your Beasty Book's front cover with crayon drawings. Give your book a title and include the author's name (that's you).

5. Organize and write your information on the animal-shaped pages. Illustrate the facts whenever possible.

6. Staple all the pages together to create your Beasty Book.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Create dioramas of habitats for the creatures.
  • Find Internet sites about the specific animal, as well as books and stories that feature the creature, to share with classmates.
  • Students with special needs may find it helpful to work in pairs or to use a computer to write their material.

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crayola supplies
  • Construction Paper™ Crayons
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • stapler and staples



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students research and organize facts about selected animal habitats, diets, sizes, and lives.

  • Students create a visually appealing book in their animal's shape.

  • Students record information gleaned from their research in the books.


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