There is something magic that happens when you put words to your little one’s drawings. When you capture their stories you elevate their words, showing how important their tales are. Today we’re going to make simple accordion books so little ones can tell stories of their own…but instead of drawing or writing by yourself, you’ll be working with a friend or sibling to create a unique story that’s only possible with two people!
YOU WILL NEED
Thin Cardboard (like a cereal box)
Drawing Implements (crayons, markers, pencils, etc.)
MAKE YOUR ACCORDION BOOK
Start by folding a piece of paper in half lengthwise.
Cut or gently tear the paper down the middle.
Fold one strip in half and then fold the edges back again so the paper is folded in fourths in an accordion-style.
Fold your other strip of paper in the same manner.
Lay your two folded papers down with the non-folded edges facing each other. Tape two of the facing edges together to create a long accordion-folded strip.
Glue the outer blank pages of your accordion strip onto the cardboard. Trim around the edges. Tah-dah! Your accordion book is done!
*Tip: Make a couple to keep on hand – in your bag, car, etc. – these little books are a great resource for appointments or travels that take a bit longer than anticipated!
DRAW YOUR COLLABORATIVE STORY
Working with a friend or sibling, start writing your story. Choose someone to go first and draw a picture on the first page to start your story! Dictate to a grownup the words you’d like to include. Now it’s the other person’s turn to draw a picture – or you can draw at the same time as we did! How will they change the story? Does it inspire something else in you? Keep taking turns – drawing and adding to the story – until your story and book is complete.
Can you decorate the cover to give the reader an idea of what your story is about? Do you think you could make a longer storybook? How would you do it? What would you need to add? Give it a try!
Look back over your story – when you started the story on the first page, did you imagine your story would turn out as it did? What inspired you? How come? Why did you choose to add specific story lines? Talk to your sibling or friend; ask them why they added what they did. Do you think other folks with have different things they’d like to add to your story? Ask around and see!