Creating a book with your child can be the single most successful way of enthusing your child to read and write. Skills such as story-telling, art and design are exercised thoroughly through this activity. Include your child not only in the story-telling but also the artistic illustrations to accompany their text. Create a simplistic book, allow your child to draw step-by-step illustrations and simply fill in their text around these.
We have unfolded our book for you to see it in its entirety. As soon as you make your book weigh it under a pile of books so that they become completely flat.
Key vocabulary: Fold, stick, illustrate, create, timeline, concertina, window, flaps, beginning, middle and ending.
Key questions: What did you see? What words/adjectives can you use to describe?
Decide upon your story. Discuss in detail a beginning, middle and ending. Sometimes it is easier to start with the ending to the story and then work you way back through the details. Encourage your child to draw illustrations to mark each event in the story.
Overlap three A4 cards, use sticky tape to fix them together. Each section demarks the beginning, middle and end of the story. Fold the card into a concertina so that it stands up.
If your child is able to encourage them to cut out their illustrations. Ask your child to place their pictures into the correct order upon the concertina.
Now place the same size blue card over each section. Mark where the illustrations are found beneath. Use a craft knife to cut out doors and flaps to reveal each illustration.
Annotate each illustration using an alternative card colour. We decided upon yellow fluffy cloud shapes. Place additional illustrations on top of the cover card to decorate your story, we decided upon trees and flowers as our story describes a walk.
We had great fun creating this concertina story book. Why not have a go and send in photos of your creations for us to share!