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!?
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.
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.
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.
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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