You will need:
- an example book such as Elephants by Rebecca Heller
- 8″ by 14″ sheets of paper
- old magazines, catalogues, tourist pamphlets etc. that contain pictures of people being active
- child scissors
- fine point marker or pen
- needle and thread or sewing machine
- strong tape to reinforce spine
- optional thicker paper for cover
If possible, read the sample book to your child. Explain that the elephant is doing actions. Talk about actions your child likes to do.
Have the blank book and picture selections ready ahead of time. Have 8-10 pages prepared ( you only need 4-5 plus the cover) . (You know your child’s interest sustainability.) Sew the pages down the middle and fold them to make a book.
Get out magazine pictures you have preselected, outlined, and labelled (about double what you need). Make sure each one has a different action. Discuss the actions with your child.
Print the two (or three) word sentence below each picture. Keep the sentence structure the same. For example:
- A boy drums.
- A girl rocks.
- Girls drive.
- A cat meows,
- A minion hugs.
- A man waters.
- A girl gardens.
- A boy looks.
- A dog barks.
- A boy reads.
- A Barbie dances.
- A girl pushes.
- Kids build.
- A boy slides.
- A girl jumps.
- A boy crawls.
- A girl shoots.
- Cats climb.
- A girl carries.
- Boys ride.
An older child might like to draw the pictures. This would stretch the project out for many days. You can print the sentences first.
A child might like to search a safe site for graphics using action words and print the pictures instead.
Make a cover by hand or using a computer before or after the book is completed.
AMBITIOUS? Personalize it. Print photographs of your child being active instead. They can cut them out and glue them. For example:
- Kayleigh jumps.
- Kayleigh slides.
- Kayleigh laughs.
Echo read the book with your child until she can read it alone. Send her to read it to every human and stuffed toy available.
DON’T BE SURPRISED IF your child insists on different wording or otherwise derails your plans. Go with it. There will be at least one page they can read easily.