Diary of an Adventurous Creeper – Book 1: Creeper Chronicles by Mark Mulle
Minecraft fans will delight in this fun book about a creeper named Carl. Carl is a sad and unhappy creeper. He has no friends, no family, and a life devoid of fun. One day, a mysterious package arrives on Carl’s doorstep that changes his life forever. Join Carl in Diary of an Adventurous Creeper as he takes a journey to the Nether World and finds everything he has been looking for.
We selected a few activities to do with your young readers. In our experience, one or two of the activities below are enough to keep your child engaged after the story.
Book and Activity Benefits:
- Listening Skills
- Motor skills
- Practice Cutting
- Following Instructions
- Movement and Strength
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Teaching about feelings (sad, angry, happy, scared)
- Understanding what a Diary or Journal is
- White cardstock or construction paper
- Hole punch
- Yarn or embroidery floss
- Glue or Sticker Maker. We use the Xyron Create-a-sticker Machine Max
- Printable Bookmark Page
- Print the bookmark page on white cardstock.
- Color the obsidian blocks and portal hole.
- Cut the shapes out on the outside of the lines.
- Glue the portal hole in the middle of the blocks.
- Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark on the black dot.
- Make a bookmark tassel and attach it to the bookmark through the punched hole. (click here for instructions for making a tassel). NOTE* If you do not want to make a tassel thread string or yarn through the punched hole and tie a bow.
- If you want to make your bookmark even stronger, you can laminate the bookmark with a laminating machine. We use the Amazon Basics Thermal Laminator.
Minecraft Creeper and Enderman Windsocks
Idea inspired by: Color the Moon
- Two Pieces of 8 1/2 X 11 1/2 green cardstock
- Two Pieces of 8 1/2 X 11 1/2 black cardstock
- 1-inch squares of black and two green colors that are different than the green 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 cardstock for the Creeper
- 1-inch squares of light purple, dark purple, and gray for the Enderman
- Two pieces of string, cord, or yarn – 24 inches long
- Purple and green streamers
- Duct tape
- Scotch tape
- Cut out the 1-inch squares of cardstock to have them ready to place on the paper for the face of each windsock.
- Lay 1 color 8 ½ X 11 ½ paper in front of you. Arrange the face of the Enderman or Creeper on one sheet of paper. Arrange the other blocks randomly on the other sheet to create a Minecraft pixel design.
- Put the papers side by side horizontally and staple them together. (I used a piece of tape in the middle to secure the paper where the stapler couldn’t reach).
- Turn the paper over to attach the streamers.
- Cut seven streamers, 24 inches long on each.
- Lay the streamers on the back side of the paper that you stapled together.
(Check to make sure you are placing the streamers out the bottom of the windsock. When you turn it over the face of the Enderman or Creeper should be above the streamers in a face pattern eyes to the top mouth to the bottom. I had mine turned around and had to re-do the streamers).
- Tape across the streamers. Secure them with duct tape or a heavy packing tape.
- Attach the String for hanging. Take two pieces of yarn that is 24 inches long. Fold it in half and tie a loop in the top. This will make a loop for hanging. Attach the string to the paper by duct taping the string to the top of streamers 1, 3,5, and 7. Make sure your 4 pieces of yarn are still the same length or your windsock will hang crooked.
- Roll your papers into a cylinder and staple at each end to secure them. You may have to use tape again down the middle where the stapler will not reach.
Your windsock is now ready to hang up. It can be used outside or inside. It is a great ceiling decoration for your room, and it looks really neat hanging in front of a window on a breezy day.
MINECRAFT GAME Challenge
You didn’t think you were reading a book about Minecraft and not going to play the game, did you? For our activity, we are playing the game with a twist. Print out a challenge sheet for each person playing. On the challenge sheet, there are items that you will need to build or find while playing the game. Check each item off as you complete it. Make sure you take turns with anyone that you are playing the game with.
Did you know that if you make a book and quill in the game you can write in the book? for the final challenge after making a book and quill open your book up by pushing A on the control and give it a title and write in it. Have fun!
This is a quick and easy snack to enjoy while reading your book. Carl and his friends several times in the story enjoy fresh apples and fish for meals and snacks so we decided that as you read the story you can enjoy apples and fish too. Of course, the fish are goldfish crackers but still just as tasty. You can add caramel dip or fruit dip to the apples too. Enjoy!