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Create an Adventure Flip-Flap Book

2016-08-18 by Julie Kieras

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Learn how to create your own adventure flip-flap book, with this kid-friendly craft idea from our Blog Ambassador Julie of Happy Strong Home!

Have you ever heard a kid telling a story. One they are making up on the spot as they go?

My boys love to make up stories. They start like this:

“Once upon ago…” (I just love this mashup of “Once upon a time” and “Long, long ago”).

Inevitably, while the story may begin with a pirate sailing the seven seas, along will come a knight onto the scene. Okay, that could work. But then! Suddenly a dinosaur appears!! Wait, what!?

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I love kids and their stories – they are so adorably full of surprises and mix-ups and adventure. I mean, it’s hard not to have an adventure when a pirate and a dinosaur cross paths, right?

With their love for mixed up adventure stories, I knew exactly what we’d have to do with the boys’ newest craft toy: the Adventure Design Activity Kit.

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adventure flip flap book craft working together

After their mix-match fun, we set aside a few “complete” characters (that is, not mixed up). I had a special project in mind for the boys, especially my oldest who is a new reader and loves to “write” stories.

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We stapled four of his favorite character rubbings into a small construction paper booklet.

Then he made two cuts across the neck and waist of the characters until just up to the binding of the booklet.

Now, he had a flip-flap book that he could mix and match the pieces to tell a crazy mixed-up adventure story! He was thrilled with all the combinations he could create this way, and tell stories about as he flipped the flaps back and forth.

adventure flip flap books final

Every book needs a title, so we used alphabet stickers to call this his Silly Adventures book!

He wants to write words on the backs of all the flaps to tell a story, and that may be a project for another day. For now, he just narrates an ever-changing story as the mood hits.

His flip-flap book can go with him anywhere for coloring or story time fun! I think he is thrilled to have created a book that showcases the extraordinary adventures he loves to tell!

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Julie Kieras

Julie Kieras mothers two inquisitive boys with the support of her husband in the lovely four seasons of New England. She is often found at home interpreting toddler-speak, elbow deep in Play Dough, or behind the pages of a book. She blogs about her family life at HappyStrongHome.com.

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