Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table

Posted on Jun 15 2014 - 1:00am by Jill R. (EnchantedHomeschoolingMom)

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Welcome back to the monthly Family Dinner Book Club where we will be making our way to storybook fun! I am thrilled to be participating in this book club where every month Growing Book by Book, Daisy at Home, and I will be bringing a storybook to life right at your dinner table. This month’s storybook selection will bring the arts and crafts supplies to life right before your child’s eyes for Cook-A-Doodle-Do! by the author Janet Stevens. So let’s head to the kitchen for some family dinner book club storybook fun! 

 

DIY Rooster Centerpiece 

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Every dinner party needs a special centerpiece on the table, right? The rooster from this story is a perfect idea to make our own centerpiece about.  To help bring the main character Rooster to life at our dinner table my daughter and I set out to create our own Rooster for the center of our table. This craft took us 10 minutes to create together. This fun centerpiece is not only fun to look at, but should be a great way to create the main character from the story. 

Materials Needed:

  • Styrofoam cone (I found mine at our local dollar store)
  • Felt (We used Felties)
  • 1 pipe cleaner
  • Feathers (colors of your choice)
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun

To make your own DIY Rooster Centerpiece start by cutting the pipe cleaner into four pieces.  Take two of the pipe cleaner pieces and poke them into the bottom (larger) end of the Styrofoam cone to use as legs.  Then, carefully bend them under the bottom so that they are sticking straight out from under the cone when the roster is sitting down.  Then, cut one pipe cleaner piece in half and twist the two parts around the ends of the legs to make chicken feet for the rooster.  Use the remaining pipe cleaner as the tail by sticking it into the back. 

To make the head, start by cutting out eye shapes, a gobble, and its head mane from red Felties.  Attach googly eyes to the red felties eye pieces and then hot glue them onto the top part of the cone for eyes.  Attach the mane to its head.  Then, cut out a beak from yellow Felties and attach it to the front. Once the beak is attached you can attach the red feltie gobble to the base of the beak to finish the face.  To finish your rooster, use hot glue to attach feathers all around your rooster.  Make sure to punch some feathers into the sides horizontally to make arms.  

I hope that your family can bring this character to life for your dinner table fun with this art project! 

Make Pretend Strawberry Shortcake 

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Who doesn’t love strawberry shortcake? Why not take your love of strawberry shortcake and make it last by creating pretend strawberry shortcake for a hands on fun activity at your dinner party! You can make real strawberry shortcake if you want, but this is a DIY recipe you can enjoy over and over again. 

To create your Pretend Strawberry Shortcake you will need the following materials: 

  • Foam (brown)
  • Felt (We used Felties)
  • Cotton balls
  • Markers (black)

To make your own Pretend Strawberry Shortcake follow these simple steps: 

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Start by pulling apart cotton balls.  Have your children carefully stretch them out until they are flat. 

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Once they are done pulling the cotton balls apart, make sure to place them in a container so that they do not blow all over. We used a clean and empty Cool Whip container to make it a little more fun.

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Next it is time to make the shortcake cakes.  Start by cutting brown or tan felt (We used Felties) into rough circles.  Make as many as you wish. 

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Place all your cake pieces in a fun dish.  We used an old pie pan. 

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Next, grab some red and green felt (We used Felties).  Cut out strawberry shapes by backing up the felt and cutting the pieces all at the same time. 

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

If you are using Felties I recommend leaving the sticker backing on the back of your strawberries and stems so that they do not stick to everything before it is time for your children to create their shortcakes.

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Then, allow your children to dress up the strawberries and make them look like real strawberries by adding the seeds (black marker). When they are completed then will look something like this: 

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Then, place all the strawberries into a container to keep them safe.  When it is time to host your dinner party make all the ingredients available and your participants can make their own strawberry shortcakes with the strawberries, crusts, and cotton ball filling while enjoying the story book Cook-A-Doodle-Do. 

Even though these are not edible, I hope your family has as much fun making and playing with them as mine did. 

Free Printable Cook-A-Doodle-Doo Party Table Printables 

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Now that we have DIY decorations for the Cook-A-Doodle-Doo Party completed, no table setting would be complete without a fun interactive place mat, straw toppers, and place cards, don’t you agree? I know that my children LOVED decorating their place mats while I was reading the storybook. Would you like your own fun place mats to decorate with or some fun name cards to use or some themed straw toppers? 

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

To download your own free printable Cook-A-Doodle-Doo Party Table Printables simply click the links below: 

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Cook-A-Doodle-Doo Party Table Place Mat 

Cook-A-Doodle-Doo Party Table Place Cards

Cook-A-Doodle-Doo Party Table Straw Toppers 

Bringing Cook-A-Doodle-Doo Party Table To Life At Your Next Family Dinner! 

Cook-A-Doodle-Do Storybook Decorations For Your Family Dinner Table - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Are you ready to bring the storybook Cook-A-Doodle-Do! to life at your next family dinner or party? I wanted to bring some rustic fun onto our dinner table. So, fo our table I used a simple checkered plastic tablecloth that I found at our local dollar store. Then I used our blue tinged glass jars with red and white stripped straws to help bring the table pop to life. Finally, I placed a box of crayons in a clear class jar. Aside from creating the DIY Rooster Centerpiece and the Pretend Strawberry Shortcake, this table only took 5 minutes to put together, making it an easy and fun way as a family to celebrate this storybook. 

Hopefully your family can have as much fun with your Cook-A-Doodle-Do! themed dinner party as we have! 

Family Dinner Book Club

Did your family participate in this month’s Family Dinner Book Club? I would love to hear about your family’s experience below or hop onto Facebook to the official Family Dinner Book Club to share a picture of what your family did! Make sure to visit Growing Book by Book for the associated dinner conversation table topics this month and Daisy at Home for great book related menu items for more fun with the Cook-A-Doodle-Do! storybook. 

My family and I are looking forward to next month’s Family Dinner Book Club, where we will help to bring your dinner table to life again! 

Clip art by: KPM Doodles and Dancing Crayon and Little Red

 

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Jill runs "24 Paw Ranch" which is home to her husband, her two children, and their five dogs and of course herself. She spends her days actively homeschooling, baking in her kitchen, consuming loads of coffee, creating printables, watching Disney movies, crafting her way through the day, and occasionally getting more than 6 hours of sleep.

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  1. Jodie @ Growing Book by Book June 15, 2014 at 8:04 am - Reply

    That centerpiece is so cute! Your creativity always impresses me! Thanks so much for another wonderful Family Dinner Book Club table ideas.

  2. Jess @ Chaos & Love June 20, 2014 at 11:09 am - Reply

    How cool are these?? My kids would LOVE them!

    Thanks for linking up with the Caffeinated Crafters! We look forward to seeing what you’ve got in store for next week!
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  3. Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog June 24, 2014 at 5:06 am - Reply

    This is just a super awesome idea! So in love that I am sharing the heck out of it :-)
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  4. Vanessa @Pre-K Pages June 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite foods and this is one of my favorite books :) Great ideas- thanks for sharing!
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