This summer (in my brief reprieve from “fun”employment) I worked in a summer enrichment program with elementary schoolers.
One of the goals of this program was to improve literacy by incorporating books into our activities.
Believe it or not, my obsession with books was actually much much worse as a child. It could probably have been considered a full blown addiction. I bought books so quickly that I couldn’t finish all of them before outgrowing the age range written on the back. And NO thirteen year old wants to read a book that says ages 9-12 on the back, believe me.
As much as I like books, I love crafts even more. So I decided to combine the two by having the kids make their own pop up books. Well, I suppose pop up “scene” is really the more accurate description, since I only had them make one page. If we had more time it would have been very cool to have them make an entire book!
We read Little Polar Bear and the Brave Little Hare together and then I gave them each a sheet of paper and a cut out of a polar bear and a hare. I cut two tabs in each of the papers, so all they had to do was glue the cut outs where they wanted them and the color a scene, either from the book or from their own imaginations.
Here is a picture of all of their scenes together on the windowsill: