A Fun Accordion Book
Over the years, books have taken on many forms. In ancient times books were made from clay tablets impressed with a writing tool called a stylus. Scrolls made from papyrus were book forms of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. The first printed books date back to 868. These books were printed on wood blocks. Tipitaka, a Buddhist scripture, was more than 130,000 pages. Make this accordion type of book and write about your favorite things.
scissors ruler glue pencil crayons sheet of paper (8-1/2 inches x 11 inches)
What to do:
- If possible, print out these directions. Read them through with your child before you begin.
- With your child, gather everything you'll need.
- Let your child use a ruler to draw lines down a sheet of paper dividing it into 3 equal parts. Leave 1/4 inch extra at one edge as a tab for gluing.
- Show her how to turn the paper and divide the page into 4 parts. Cut across these strips.
- Attach strips together by placing glue on the tabs.
- Accordion-fold the book.
- With your child, choose a topic such as favorite foods, things to do, sports, and so on.
- Invite her to begin to write a story or a journal.
- She may wish to use the folds as guidelines for the sequence of a story.
- She may wish create her book all at once, or she may wish to add to it over a period of time.
- Encourage her to draw or cut and paste pictures to illustrate the book.
- Consider adding labels to the pictures.
How to use:
You and your child may wish to read this book together or to share it with family and friends.
Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.
- Why do you think we call this an accordion book?
- What would you like your book to be about?
- Should we make this book all at once or should we keep adding to the book?