Handmade books can be used for many purposes. Small blank books can be used to take notes and make observations. Larger books can be used to tell personal and cultural stories.
Objectives for Children;
- To practice creating written products.
- To create more “reading materials” for the class.
Process:FOR ANY AGE:
- Give each child a small blank book or other form.
- Suggest a prompt related to an element of the Sensory Alphabet, an important concept and/or the main idea of a book they have read together.
- Have each child fill his book with drawings, invented writing or actual writing.
- Share products and discuss the diversity.
Blank book 1: Fold a piece of paper in half 3 times. Unfold and refold once. Cut on the fold to the center. Open up and push pages together to make a book.
Blank book 2: Fold and cut 2 or more pages in half. (Two colors are nice!) Open and put one ½ page to the side. Stack the other pages unfolded on top of one another. Cut notches at the top and bottom of the fold about ½” deep. With the other paper, fold and cut out the fold, leaving ½” uncut on both ends. Round the three sheets and fit them through the hole on the one. Gently work the pieces together to make a four page book.
Blank book 3: Fold over a piece of paper and cut it into a shape that can express the main idea. Example is from The Cow Who Went “Oink!”
FOR YOUNG CHILDREN:
- Provide a prompt, based on the main idea of a recent book or the element of the Sensory Alphabet under investigation.
- Have each child draw a picture and write (or dictates) one or more words at the bottom of the picture.
- Collect all the pages and fasten them together with a cover.
- The teacher reads the class book to the children.
- Have each child “read” their words when the teacher reveals their drawing.
- Add the books to the class library.
FOR OLDER CHILDREN AND ADULTS:
- Create a timeline of your life, using adding machine paper.
- Pick one important experience that occurred.
- Make conceptual webs around the different people, places and other important things in the story.
- Write a draft
- Share with others and listen to their feedback. (Note: You don’t have to accept their suggestions unless you want to do so!)
- Get help with spelling and grammar.
- Divide your story into pages and make a storyboard with thumbnail sketches of the illustrations. Decide if you are going to use one side of each page or both sides.
- Find a visual style that suits you best: colored pencils, markers, black paint, torn paper, magazine collage, tempera paint, photos, prints, etc.
- Use heavy paper and complete the pages one at a time. Leave a 2” margin on one side of each page. You may wish to create the illustrations on other paper, cut them out, and paste them into the book. Write the words by hand or type them and cut them into sections for different pages to glue in.
- Cut 2 cardboard covers slightly larger than your pages.
- On one end of each cover, cut off a strip on one side about 1 ½” wide.
- Use duck tape to re-attach the strips to the covers. This will allow you to open the covers and read the book more easily.
- Collage or glue fabric to each cover, folding an inch or so of fabric to the other side and gluing down. Fold the fabric over the corner before matching it up to the two sides.
- Put all the pages and covers together. Drill or hammer and nail holes on the cover strips about ½” to 1” apart vertically.
- Use yarn, rope or ribbon to “sew” the book together.