Craft Activity: Create "Movie Strips" Using Paper and a Shoebox

Encourage your child to tell a story through pictures and words.




Movies aren't just for Hollywood! With this activity, your child will draw and write on paper to tell a story about your family — the viewing of this "movie" will occur through a shoebox-based "movie theater" that you'll assemble together in advance of the showing. 

What You Need

  • Shoebox 
  • Scissors 
  • Markers 
  • Crayons 
  • Long strips of paper 
  • Paper-towel rolls 
  • Tempera paint and paintbrush

What to Do

  1. Talk about how people capture family fun on film as a way to document and share experiences. Explain that together you will create your own "movie strip" using paper and a shoebox. 
  2. In advance, assemble the movie theater: Cut two slits at each end of the shoebox opening to slide the paper through. Paint two paper-towel rolls with tempera paint, and let dry. Then divide a long strip of paper (cut to the size of a shoe box) into 4 or 5 sections, so that it looks similar to comic book sections.
  3. Invite your child to draw family members, recent outings, or a family celebration on the paper. She can write a simple sentence or label the people in her work.
  4. Get ready to display the film. Glue one edge of the paper strip to the paper-towel roll, and slide the other end through the slits in the shoebox. Glue the other edge of paper to the other paper-towel roll, and gently but firmly roll up the film to display.

Learning Benefits

  • Builds early literacy skills 
  • Encourages creativity 
  • Preserves family memories and stories


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