- variety of paper for book-making activities
- crayons, markers, pencils
- old magazines and catalogs for cutting
- glue or glue sticks
- child safety scissors
Objective: Children will engage in a variety of book-making activities designed to foster creativity and literacy, language, fine-motor, and math skills.
In Advance: Familiarize children with the meaning of words such as author, illustrator, and title, and with the concept of beginning, middle, and end of a story.
Days of the Week Book (A Concept Book) Create a "blank book" for each child by writing the days of the week on sheets of paper, photocopying the pages, and stapling them together. Distribute the books and invite children to make their own Days of the Week book. Children can "write," dictate, or create illustrations about what has happened at home or school on that particular day. Send the books home, along with a note for parents, requesting that the children provide entries for Saturday and Sunday. Children can share their books during group or story time.
Birthday Party Big Book (A Nonfiction or Realistic Fiction Book) Discuss with children a favorite birthday party they have had or attended, or their "dream" party. What made or would make the party special? Provide children with a large sheet of drawing paper and markers or crayons so they can create a Birthday Party Big Book. Leave space on each page for dictations. Children can also create illustrations on both sides of their pages. Include a title and bind the book together. Invite children to "read" their pages during story time.
A "Once Upon A Time" Class Story (An Oral or Written Fiction Story) Invite children to take part in a class storytelling activity by suggesting that the class create a story together. The story can be recorded using a cassette recorder or by transcribing children's words on chart paper. Begin the story with "Once upon a time ... " Ask a child to complete the next part, another child to add to what the first child contributed, and so on. Children can create illustrations or murals for their class story.
Art: Collaborative Story Mural. Read Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (HarperCollins Children's Books, 1981; $5.95) to children. Ask them to describe how Harold uses his crayon. Explain to children that they will create a class story. One child will begin by drawing a picture and dictating text to accompany the drawing, and each child after will add pictures and words to the story. Assist children in connecting their writing and drawing to the previous pages.
A Birthday Basket for Tia by Pat Mora
Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward
My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard